EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe defensive end Michael Onuoha said Tuesday morning he would make his decision on signing day.
By Tuesday night, though, Onuoha couldn't wait any longer, announcing his commitment to Oklahoma with a simple tweet: “#BOOMER SOONER!!”
“The overall decision, the main reason I picked OU is because I'm closer to home. My parents will be able to come to my games,” Onuoha said. “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.”
Onuoha chose the Sooners over Missouri and kept up a positive finishing wave for OU as signing day approached.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder became the third of the four Oklahoma visitors from last weekend to make his commitment to the Sooners official, joining offensive tackle Will Latu and cornerback Zack Sanchez.
The only visitor from the group that hasn't committed to the Sooners yet is junior college wide receiver Courtney Gardner, who will announce Wednesday. Gardner will choose between OU and Arkansas.
Onuoha had a breakout performance at Oklahoma's camp over the summer. He picked up interest from the Sooners, but Missouri was the only program to offer until early January.
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.”