Onwenu keeps options open after Harbaugh’s moves

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Michael Onwenu

Michael Onwenu has been a dominating lineman at Detroit Cass Tech. The 6-foot-3, 355-pound two-way wrecking crew has been committed to Michigan since early June.

But Onwenu is keeping his options open since Jim Harbaugh has told other committed recruits, such as Florida defensive end Rashad Weaver, that there might not be room for them, after all, on Michigan’s roster.

National Signing Day is just one week away, on Feb. 3.

“They haven’t said anything like that to me (that his scholarship was in jeopardy), but things happen and that’s in the back of my mind, the reason I’m taking visits,” Onwenu told The Detroit News on Tuesday.

In addition to the Weaver case, Onwenu said he’s also followed the situation regarding Illinois offensive lineman Erik Swenson, who had been committed to Michigan since 2013 but last week said Harbaugh pulled his scholarship offer.

“Yes, I’d love to play at Michigan and help them anyway I can,” Onwenu said Tuesday. “They have a lot of tradition, it’s talent-rich. I’m just grateful I have opportunities, still have offers from Michigan State, Oklahoma and Penn State.”

Onwenu currently is the only player from the state of Michigan on the Wolverines’ commitment list of 24 players.

Onwenu is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, the No. 8 guard in the nation and the No. 1 guard in Michigan. He made The Detroit News Dream Team.

Onwenu took a visit to Michigan State this past weekend and reportedly has a visit planned for Oklahoma this coming weekend.

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