Michigan Wolverine Recruiting: Michael Onwenu 2016 Commit Profile


GBMWolverine Michigan Football RecruitingPosted at 7:45am — 6/6/2015

Michigan Wolverine Recruiting: Michael Onwenu 2016 Commit Profile

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan recent verbal commitment Michael Onwenu.

There is no doubt that the Michigan offensive staff wants a power running game. There is no doubt that the tight end position will play a big part in the effort to transform. Still, it must be remembered that the tackle-to-tackle positions must be very strong, or having a superior blocking tight end is neutralized.

Michael Onwenu is big, his reported weights vary from near 300 to over 360 pounds. He is listed at 6’ 3,” so he is the type of big body Harbaugh and staff are recruiting. It is not guaranteed that Michael will play on the offensive line. With size such as he possesses, Michael certainly could play a 0 or 1 technique on the defensive line. But as of now, the interviews he has granted point to the offensive line. So, the real question becomes, perhaps, guard or tackle? It becomes obvious that conditioning and size will be topics of conversation.

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Michael Onwenu
Height: 6’4
Weight: 368
Number: 52 / 62
Current Position: Offensive Guard / Defensive Tackle
Future Position: Offensive Guard
City/State: Detroit, Michigan
High School: Detroit Cass Tech
Head Coach: Thomas Wilcher
Recruiter: Tim Drevno (OC/OL), Tyrone Wheatley (RB)
Committed: 6/2/2015
Top 5 other Offers: Alabama, Illinois, N.C. State, Ohio State, and Penn State.
Camps: Selected to participate in the Nike “Opening”.
All-Star Game: U.S. Army
Class: 2016 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Follow Michael Onwenu: on Twitter

24/7: 4-star.
ESPN: 4-star.
Rivals: 4-star.
Scout: 4-star.

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Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Rankings:


10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

We have him at 7 1/2 to 8 footballs.

Side Note:

Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

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  • Overview:

    Michael is a massive two-way high school linemen. He could help at the 1-tech, but we think his best fit will be at offensive guard. As mentioned Michael plays for Michigan pipeline Cass Tech and former Michigan running back Thomas Wilcher. Michael was All-City and All-State as a junior. No GPA was listed.


    Michael Onwenu is super strong at the point of attack. Onwenu mauls opponents and is capable of dominating the line of scrimmage when drive blocking. His film shows solid lateral movement, ability to block the 2nd level, and enough athletic ability to pull and trap. His punch is explosive and devastating.

    Concerns/Needs Work:

    Michael will need to watch his weight carefully and improve his overall conditioning. He also needs to work on his pad level and knee bend. Michael’s feet also have a habit of going dead during pass protection.

    Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

    GBMWolverine believes he will likely red-shirt his first year.

    Michael Onwenu reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Reuben Riley — who played on the offensive line.

    High School Coach Comments:

    “He just went up with (to Michigan) with his parents and committed. I was surprised” – Thomas Wilcher earlier on Mike Onwenu”.

    “Kids love Michigan, and if they find Michigan is the perfect fit for them they’ll go to Michigan” – Cass Tech Coach Thomas Wilcher.

    Video Highlights:

    2016 Michigan Football Class:

    Michigan currently has eight recruits at this time with Erik Swenson (OL), Dele Harding (LB), Brandon Peters (QB), David Reese (FB/LB), Kingston Davis (FB), Matt Falcon (RB), Michael Onwenu (OL), and Kiante Enis (RB/Slot/ST’s).

    Final Thoughts:

    Michael Onwenu is a very big body whose skills fit what Coach Harbaugh wants to incorporate into Michigan line play.

    We welcome Michael Onwenu to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

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