On Friday, the Wolverines hosted many first-time visitors to campus with a pair of Cass Tech freshman being among them with offensive lineman Ostell Martin and defensive lineman Michael Onwenu being the other.
Onwenu played a significant role in Cass Tech's run towards a state championship this season, starting in three playoff games and making an impact on the interior of the defensive line. This season, he along with junior-to-be Joshua Alabi will anchor one of the top defenses in the state. As you'd expect, the Michigan coaches have taken note and invited him to campus.
"I talked to Coach Hoke for a little bit," Onwenu said. "They're already watching me and I couldn't be more excited about it. I had a really great time at practice. I loved coming up there. If I had the time this week, I'd come up again for sure. To be honest, it already started to feel like a home to me. I had talked to Coach Hoke before, but had never seen the facilities and stuff for me. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
With so many players from the area already playing for Michigan, Onwenu was familiar with a lot of people there and got a chance to spend some time with them.
"I talked to Devin Funchess and Terry Richardson the most," he said. "They talked a lot about balancing having fun on the field but being serious. The football will come to you eventually. They told me to work hard in high school and things will be fine for you in college."
Cass Tech defensive coordinator Jermain Crowell sees big things in the future for Onwenu as well.
"Michael is a big kid and very bright for his age," Crowell said. "He has a ton of potential going forward. He's already up to almost 6'3" and plays with a lot of movement and ability for someone his size. With all the great defenders we had last season, he still started for us in three playoff games and will be a big part of our defensive success this season."
Something even more impressive about Onwenu is that last season was only his second year of organized football, as he played basketball and baseball before this. Based on his freshman impact, it's clear that he is a unique talent who could be the type that has football come naturally to him. Expect to hear a lot more about him down the road and stay tuned to Wolverine247 as his recruitment is just beginning.