'13 MN WR James Onwualu (Notre Dame Early Enrollee)

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Wide Receiver
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Cretin Derham Hall

Ht: 6'2"
Wt: 205
40: 4.51

Rankings:
ESPN: :s::s::s::s: #31 ATH
Rivals: :s::s::s::s: #20 ATH
Scout: :s::s::s: #33 WR
24/7: :s::s::s: 88 Grade, #50 WR

Offers:

Notre Dame
Arizona
California
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Iowa St
Kansas
Michigan
Michigan St
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Ohio St
Pittsburgh
Purdue
Stanford
UCLA
Vanderbilt
Wisconsin


Film:

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Article up on II.

Another Cretin-Derham WR Likes ND

Has him at 205 though.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior wide receiver from Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.) is working with former Cretin-Derham Hall and Notre Dame standout, Michael Floyd. While Floyd is getting ready for the NFL Draft, Onwualu is getting himself ready for his senior season and ultimately college.
 

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SAN ANTONIO - James Onwualu is getting ready for the next level by working out with somebody who is preparing for the next, next level.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior wide receiver from Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.) is working with former Cretin-Derham Hall and Notre Dame standout, Michael Floyd. While Floyd is getting ready for the NFL Draft, Onwualu is getting himself ready for his senior season and ultimately college.

“Mike’s been a great friend of mine since I was younger,” said Onwualu, whose older brother John played with Floyd in high school.

“I always looked up to him and went to him for a lot of help as I was young, watching him play at Cretin-Derham Hall. Obviously, we know how he did there. He’s had great success in high school and college, so it’s been great watching him and being able to contact him to reach out for help and tips.”

Floyd’s been helping Onwualu with his fundamentals and speed.

“Mainly working on our routes. I’ve been working out with him, running some routes,” Onwualu said. “We’re both trying to work on our speed. He’s much faster than me, obviously, he’s a great athlete. Just working on all-around physical ability and everything.”

Onwualu has been clocked at 4.51 in the 40-yard dash and shined at the Under Armour Underclassmen Combine before standing out at the Army All-American Underclassmen Combine in San Antonio. He enjoys competing for sure.

“It’s great,” he said. “I love being around players that are the same caliber as me. I was fortunate enough to go to Under Armour All-American combine last week. I did well there, I was ranked number two out of everybody there. This is my passion. I love playing with kids who are as good as me and compete.”

Playing running back for Cretin-Derham, Onwualu had rushed for 1,092 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior. A recent offer from Purdue gives him five total along with offers from Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Stanford.

He made the rounds on the camp circuit this summer.

“I went down to Florida, I went out to Stanford and actually made a stop at Notre Dame as well,” he said.

Onwualu enjoyed his stop in South Bend.

“It was great,” he said. “Obviously, Cretin-Derham Hall has been kind of a tradition for a lot of players to go there and have a great time there. It was great finally meeting the coaches and finally being around the environment. It was one of my top schools.”

He’s kept in touch with Irish recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin.

I’ve been talking to Coach Martin a lot actually,” he said. “They have high interest in me. They’re busy with their seniors, but hopefully we’re going to be able to get this started and possibly be a part of the team.”

If the Irish come through with an offer, they’d be a major player in Onwualu’s recruitment.

“That’s one of my top schools right now.”

Could be an interesting recruitment.
 

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He seems to have similar measurables to Floyd...and a similar school. :) hahaha
 

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gotta like the pipeline from mike too...gotta think that gives us a good shot at him.
 

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This kid is a lot of fun to watch. I played receiver (and a little corner) in college, I do not claim to be an expert but feel that I can add to the discussion on some of these recruits. The following is based off the limited film I have watched on Onwualu.

First and foremost, James is a natural runner, he is comfortable and effortless in his running style. For his size he has great balance, a low, strong center of gravity that allows him, like MF3, to break a lot of tackles. He has very good speed and a strong burst, but you all can see that.

What I like most about Onwualu is his lateral movement and vision. Laterally he can make people miss, he is fluid in his hips and keeping his feet in proper position to make appropriate cuts making it difficult for tacklers to put a helmet across him and wrap him up (this coupled with his ability to run through tackles makes him a great high school WR/RB). His vision is highlighted quite a bit in the above highlights, as he makes many cutbacks that allow him to gain much more yardage and, on many occasion break for the endzone. Vision is something, IMHO, that I believe is a natural talent.

It's hard to get an idea of his route running ability but the routes I can see in the limited videos I have are strong, crisp, and fluid. Get's good separation and gets to the ball. I especially like how he lowers his hips on 'stick' routes, that's pretty advanced.

Only area I can really see that needs some improvement is his catching the ball with his hands out in front of his body. We called it "strong hands". He tends to, from what I am seeing, let the ball get into his body a bit to much. In college, without the same amount of separation he is used to in HS, DBs/LBs will jar those loose from time to time.

All in all loving this kid. Definitely hope he follows MF3 and ends up Irish.
 
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This kid is a lot of fun to watch. I played receiver (and a little corner) in college, I do not claim to be an expert but feel that I can add to the discussion on some of these recruits. The following is based off the limited film I have watched on Onwualu.

First and foremost, James is a natural runner, he is comfortable and effortless in his running style. For his size he has great balance, a low, strong center of gravity that allows him, like MF3, to break a lot of tackles. He has very good speed and a strong burst, but you all can see that.

What I like most about Onwualu is his lateral movement and vision. Laterally he can make people miss, he is fluid in his hips and keeping his feet in proper position to make appropriate cuts making it difficult for tacklers to put a helmet across him and wrap him up (this coupled with his ability to run through tackles makes him a great high school WR/RB). His vision is highlighted quite a bit in the above highlights, as he makes many cutbacks that allow him to gain much more yardage and, on many occasion break for the endzone. Vision is something, IMHO, that I believe is a natural talent.

It's hard to get an idea of his route running ability but the routes I can see in the limited videos I have are strong, crisp, and fluid. Get's good separation and gets to the ball. I especially like how he lowers his hips on 'stick' routes, that's pretty advanced.

Only area I can really see that needs some improvement is his catching the ball with his hands out in front of his body. We called it "strong hands". He tends to, from what I am seeing, let the ball get into his body a bit to much. In college, without the same amount of separation he is used to in HS, DBs/LBs will jar those loose from time to time.

All in all loving this kid. Definitely hope he follows MF3 and ends up Irish.

Great analysis man, much appreciated!
 

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Cretin Derham Hall is powerhouse in MN high school football and has huge success sending kids to the next level (a la Mike Floyd lol). Really hope we can land him.
 

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body features remind me of justin ferguson.

hopefully get's the hands thing worked out.
 

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Cretin Derham Hall is powerhouse in MN high school football and has huge success sending kids to the next level (a la Mike Floyd lol). Really hope we can land him.

Uhhhh....Seantrel Henderson???

Duh
 
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visiting this early is usually a good thing is it not? That means he may have grown up a ND fan or admired ND in some way...
 

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visiting this early is usually a good thing is it not? That means he may have grown up a ND fan or admired ND in some way...

Well...he does go to Cretin-Derham and keeps contact with Michael Floyd...
 

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Looks very promising for Notre Dame in my opinion. He said he wanted to commit early as well. I think we have a legit shot and getting this kid and getting him early.
 

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Looks like a good football player. Little concerned about his speed.
 

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Stanford, MSU, Iowa offers already plus ours. Definitely nothing to turn your nose up at in January of his Junior year. Chances are he grows an inch or two between now and the time he steps on a college campus. Lots of upside here.
 
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I wouldn't be surprised if he were the second 2013 commit.
 
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