Two days after Charles Omenihu received his offer from Texas, the emerging prospect from Rowlett decided to go ahead and shut down his recruitment.
Charles Omenihu committed to Texas on Monday afternoon.
The 6-foot-5-inch, 220-pound defensive end has also received an offer from Northwestern along with interested from Alabama, Baylor, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, California and TCU. Omenihu was offered on Saturday at the first junior day the Longhorns have held under Charlie Strong.
“This is really a place I wanted to come visit, take a look at, I liked what I saw,” Omenihu said shortly after receiving his offer. “I feel like this could really be somewhere I want to go.”
Omenihu recently told Horns247 that he intended to let the process play out longer than the spring to experience his recruitment in full. He wanted to take his time to the point where he was planning on making a summer decision, but the offer from Texas changed everything.
Omenihu hit it off with Chris Rumph and left Austin with Texas as the clear-cut No. 1 school on his list.
“I feel like with Coach Strong and the staff they're building something special and getting it back to how UT used to be with winning championships,” Omenihu said. “They have everything a kid could ask for.”
The defensive end crop in the state of Texas for the class of 2015 doesn't look extremely deep at this time. With that in mind, Rumph and the defensive staff decided to pounce on Omenihu, an upside prospect with a good frame, great motor and the ability to offer position flexibility down the road.
“I like his style,” Omenihu said of Rumph. “I like the way he does things. We're building a relationship and I'd like to play for him a lot.”
With a long way to go to fill out his frame and his best football looking like it's clearly ahead of him, Omenihu likes what the Texas program can do in terms of developing him. The highlight of his junior day visit was the weight room and meeting the staff of strength coach Pat Moorer, a staff he feels will help take his game to another level.
“I feel like if I came here then I'd be able to build up and play early,” Omenihu said. “I feel like if you're recruiting me you're recruiting me to play, and the things I need to do he can help me with.”
Omenihu is the eighth commitment in the Longhorns' 2015 recruiting class and the first get for Rumph in the cycle. Rumph inherited DeSoto defensive tackle Bryce English from the previous staff and he'll continue to find more line prospects as the cycle progresses.
Omenihu is the second commitment the staff has secured from the first junior day. Huntsville Top247 offensive tackle Ronnie Major committed on Saturday just a few hours into the event.
Omenihu is currently the nation's No. 28-ranked weak-side defensive end according to 247Sports. He's also the No. 81-ranked prospect in the state of Texas.
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