Scout top 300 DE prospect Levi Onwuzurike has announced his commitment and it's good news for Huskies fans as he will be spending his college years in Seattle. Onwuzurike's decision to commit to UW was announced today on Twitter:
With Gods Guidance, I am blessed to announced that I will be Committing to The University Of Washington #GoDawgz pic.twitter.com/vw5tXW3OgN— Levi Onwuzurike. (@LeviOnw) January 20, 2016
Onwuzurike is a 4-star DE from Allen High School, one of the top programs in the state of Texas. Washington beat out Baylor, Michigan, ASU, and dozens of other Power 5 programs who offered. When Jeff Choate left to accept the head coach position at Montana State it looked like Washington's chances with Levi were all but dashed. The general thought heading into the dead period in December was that he really liked the Huskies and enjoyed his visit in October, but it was likely a two-way race between Baylor and Michigan. Credit UW coaches for finishing strong down the stretch and poaching a terrific prospect out of Texas.
Scout's Gabe Brooks has some great analysis on Levi:
Onwuzurike is a tough even-front defensive end who could possibly play that spot or odd-front standing edge rusher at the P5 level. Factor vs. the run thanks to quick, strong hands that aid good disengaging skills. Often beats significantly larger O-linemen vs. run. Can bend the edge as a pass-rusher. High-motor player who plays through the whistle. Sure tackler. Quicker get-off would help him become even more dangerous pass-rusher.
Playing in Texas' ultra-competitive 6A division, Onwuzurike tallied 53 tackles and 8 sacks in 2015. He capped his senior season earning the Dallas Morning News' Defensive Player of the Year award. Be sure to check out Levi's senior highlights below: