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Recruiting: Santa Fe defensive end Michael Onuoha chooses Oklahoma

The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder chose Sooners over Missouri so family can attend games. “It will be good to have somebody have my back rather than being so far away from home and having no one around for me.”
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY, Staff Writers,; Modified: January 31, 2012 at 11:21 pm •  Published: January 31, 2012

Onuoha missed most of his junior season with a separated shoulder and was thought of more as a basketball prospect until his summer performance.

He had 87 tackles and six sacks as a senior for the 10-2 Wolves.

“I believe if I work hard at whatever I do, I can be a really productive player there,” Onuoha said. “They have a great defensive scheme that fits me perfect.”

Onuoha is the third in-state commit for the Sooners, joining Heritage Hall wide receiver Sterling Shepard and Jenks running back Alex Ross.

Onuoha said he'd settled on his decision sometime Tuesday.

“I'm happy to get it off my shoulders and finally make my decision,” Onuoha said. “It feels like I'm starting a whole new life. For the past month, I've been going back and forth and tossing my mind around about where I should go.”