April 5, 2009
Baylor Entertains Central Texas Stars
The Baylor Bears entertained a large number of football recruits over the past few weeks as players have come to Waco to observe practice. Two days after practices ended, the Bears hosted two of the most talented players in central texas.
Cedar Park defensive end Holmes Onwukaife and linebacker Chet Moss made the drive up Interstate 35 to visit Baylor on Saturday. Onwukaife wasn't able to make it to Baylor's junior day in February, so this was the first time he had been able to tour the football facilities.
"It was very, very impressive," Onwukaife said about his visit to Baylor. "It was a very eye catching experience."
Onwukaife and Moss were able to do everything that they would have done during a junior day visit, but were allowed more personal time this weekend with the coaches.
"When we first arrived we toured the facilities, the weight room, and the academic center," said Onwukaife. "The fact that all freshmen have required tutoring for every subject was very impressive. After that they showed us more of the weight room, the player's lounge, and we met with Coach Briles, Coach Norwood, and the linebacker coach (Larry Hoefer). We just sat there and talked with them for about thirty minutes to an hour."
A very good student in the classroom as well as football player on the field, academics are very important to the talented defender. Onwukaife currently has a scholarship offer from Harvard among many other schools.
"It was very, very impressive,' Onwukaife said about what Baylor has to offer academically. "I liked their tutoring centers. It's a big change from high school to college, so the support that they have for you as a freshman is outstanding. I'm looking for a balanced school. One with good academics and a good football team."
Twelve schools from coast to coast have offered the 6-3, 220lb defensive end so far including Big 12 teams such as Texas Tech, Missouri, and Iowa State. While Baylor has yet to offer, one may be given out in the future.
"I called coach (Kendall) Briles when we were driving home, and he told me to check back in tomorrow and hopefully some good news should arrive," said Onwukaife. "They're recruiting me at defensive end, and possibly a hybrid DE/OLB."
What would Onwukaife think if the Bears did offer?
"I'll obviously take it into consideration. I want to see the school again and tour the campus next time," said Onwukaife. "I think they fit with all the rest. After spring ball around June I'm going to sit down and come up with a top five. Hopefully I'll make a commitment before my senior season."
"They're a very, very good program that is headed in the right direction, and I think they'll get there with their quarterback Robert Griffin," said Onwukaife. "I think they're doing good things, and you can definitely see improvement in them. They're going to be someone special to look out for in the future."
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