More than a dozen prospects from Detroit Cass Tech made their way to Ohio State on Saturday to take in a spring practice. Class of 2016 defensive tackle Michael Onwenu was on that trip.
"It was basically just our school that was there, so it was basically a one-on-one with Ohio State and Cass Tech," Onwenu said. "We were talking about life and how you have to get your grades right and be dedicated, then play the game."
For the 6-foot-2, 320-pound Onwenu this was not his first recruiting visit to Columbus, but he came away with a better feel for the program this time around.
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"I was there my freshman year," he said. "This time was more intense. They have a new d-line coach and he was more intense. This year I was more into it."
Besides the intensity of the Buckeye's spring practice, Onwenu was also impressed with the size of their players.
"I have been to other colleges and their d-linemen were small, but [Ohio State's] d-lineman were tall and big," Onwenu said.
With close to two years before he will sign his letter of intent Onwenu is still in the infancy of his recruitment, but he expects Ohio State to be a major player and particularly likes their proximity to his home.
Onwenu had previously made recruiting visits to Michigan, Michigan State and Tennessee, and plans to see more schools in the coming months.
"I will be attending the Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State [summer] camps," he said. "I'll try to visit some more spring games, but I don't know exactly who."