On the football field, monsters come in all shapes and sizes. And some of them become monsters even as young as age 15. Michael Onwenu, currently a sophomore at Cass Technical High School, could already be classified as a football monster – he stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 310 pounds.
Height and weight are not the only qualifications needed to wreak havoc on the football field, though. Great coaching will go a long way. And Onwenu is also fortunate in that regard as he is a current player on a perennial football powerhouse program in the Detroit area. Onwenu, a starter on Cass Tech’s offensive line, is already garnering attention from schools such as Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, and Notre Dame. At this time, Onwenu seems to be very interested in Michigan State.
Onwenu took some time to talk to me about Michigan State over Labor Day weekend. Onwenu was impressed to see Michigan State’s graduation rate for football players and the way the team has been playing under Coach Mark Dantonio. His family ties to the green and white run deep: his aunts and uncles have graduated from MSU and his sister and cousins are current students at Michigan State.
As most Spartan fans know, current Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell – Onwenu’s teammate – has already committed to Michigan State. Onwenu says when he plays with Campbell, it’s like there is another coach on the field. If Cass Tech’s offensive line isn’t giving Campbell enough time to throw the ball he lets them know and tells them what to fix. Onwenu told me he would love to play with Campbell in college.
Onwenu also discussed Michigan State’s current team and realizes MSU has had issues in the past. He thinks that if more Cass Tech players committed to MSU, they would be able to change MSU’s offense. He also said that even though Cass Tech’s offensive line has been greatly doubted, most people do not know that the current offensive linemen have been going up against upperclassmen since their freshman year.
The hire of Curtis Blackwell by Michigan State as their new Director of College Advancement/Performance & Camp Director at Michigan State University has had a positive impact on Onwenu, as he acknowledged that Blackwell being at MSU has affected his view on the Spartans in a positive way. Some people tell players what they want to hear, Onwenu said, but Blackwell is always 100% honest and “keeps it real.”
Onwenu, who has already visited Michigan State with some of his fellow Cass Tech teammates, stated that he likes Mark Dantonio a lot and likes the way he has set up the MSU program. Onwenu was on campus the day Jayru Campbell committed to Michigan State and said that he loves the way the practices are run and the way Michigan State watches film.
Onwenu may be young, but he is one of Michigan State’s biggest targeted recruits on for the 2016 recruiting class. Michigan State is also high on Onwenu’s list of schools he is interested in and if this match could occur, Onwenu would not only be a very good pick-up for Mark Dantonio but would be further proof on how big of an impact Curtis Blackwell is making on the Detroit-area Michigan State recruits.