Continuation of Slap the Sign’s countdown of the Top 10 impact freshmen.
6’1″ 210 lbs
Cretin-Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota
James Onwualu committed to Notre Dame from Cretin Derham Hall, the high school of former Irish WR Michael Floyd. During a recent interview with UND.com, Onwualu indicated that Floyd’s influence and direction played a huge role in his decision to attend Notre Dame. Floyd encouraged Onwualu to compete at Notre Dame’s summer camps where he developed a great comfort level with the campus and the student body, and immediately bonded with the coaching staff and athletic department. For Onwualu, even after receiving 30 scholarship offers from other schools, Notre Dame was his first and last choice.
At Cretin-Derham Hall, Onwualu played receiver, running back and safety, and he led the conference in scoring with 116 points. Given Onwualu’s size, he will most likely play the slot receiver role in Notre Dame’s offense. Onwualu’s above average acceleration, footwork, and agility make him incredibly dangerous after the catch and excellent asset in Martin’s offense. More importantly, Onwualu has displayed those off-the-field character traits that coaches’ covet. Onwualu has dedicated himself to honing his craft and maintaining his academics so he can dominate on the field without any distractions. Kelly advised reporters that as long as Onwualu continued to develop in the weight room he has all the intangibles and natural ability to break onto the field in 2013.
Top 10 Impact Freshman
5. James Onwualu
6. Tarean Folston
7. John Montelus
8. Steve Elmer
9. Cole Luke
10. Issac Rochell