Three-star Clayton (Ohio) Northmont defensive end Nii Adjei Oninku has changed the focus of his recruitment in recent weeks.
Oninku (6-3, 245, 4.8) gave a verbal commitment to Michigan State earlier this month, but has since re-opened the process and is looking in a different direction.
“It’s been a little confusing and frustrating,” he said. “I had Pittsburgh, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan State up high on my list, but Wisconsin let me know before I was going to visit that they’d filled up at defensive end. I visited the other three schools, but after I got back, they told me the same thing – that they had filled up.
“So I’ve decided to open my horizons a little bit and maybe get out of Big Ten country.”
So who’s on the list now?
“My top three are Kentucky, Kansas State and Louisville,” he said. “All of those have come on strong lately.
“Coach Caragher from Kentucky was here today for an in-home visit, and it went really well. I don’t have a real solid leader, but talking to him tonight at home kind of gives them an edge.
“I went on an unofficial visit there earlier this season, and they’ve stayed on me the whole time. I’ve always had them in mind for an official visit because I liked the school when I was down there. They have nice facilities for football and my education. I was really impressed by their library.”
Oninku plans to return to Lexington for an official visit on Jan. 9. Kansas State has a slight edge for the other remaining visit, he said, due to the recent commitment of Northmont teammate Romunn Grigsby, a wide receiver.
“It would be nice to go to school somewhere that you already know somebody,” he said.
Oninku is rated one of the Buckeye State’s top 50 players and the No. 29 strongside defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com. As a senior, he recorded 110 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and eight sacks.