Notre Dame picked up its 12th commitment for the class of 2012 over the weekend and like many of the other commitments so far, it came on the defensive side of the ball. Romeo Okwara, a 6’4′, 235 lb linebacker from North Carolina, became the latest prospect to commit to the Irish.
Okwara, a former high school teammate of current Notre Dame sophomore Prince Shembo at Andrey Kell High School, let the college football world know he selected Notre Dame over Facebook with a status update of “Committed to Notre Dame! Okwara’s commitment comes on the heels of his first unofficial visit to Notre Dame which he took last week.
Like most of the defensive players Kelly and staff have recruited since they arrived at Notre Dame, Okwara fits the profile they are looking for in this case, at outside linebacker. Okwara should also continue to grow quite a bit before reaching South Bend as the three star prospect just recently turned 16.
At the high school level Okwara has played defensive end, similarly to Shembo in high school. Just like Shembo, Okwara projects as an outside linebacker at the college level – at least initially. With his current size at the age of 16, it wouldn’t be too surprising if he eventually grew into a defensive end much like the way Kapron Lewis-Moore did once he got to college. Lewis-Moore was 6’5″, 225 lbs coming out of high school according to bio on Rivals.
As a pass rusher, Okwara has a lot of potential (videos below), but he’ll need work in pass coverage once he gets to Notre Dame as it’s not something he is asked to do much on the prep level right now. As a pass rusher with his hand on the ground though, Okwara comes off the ball quickly and has good power moves to go along with his speed rush.
Notre Dame has two commitments at the outside linebacker position now with Okwara joining David Perkins. Okwara is also the seventh defensive commitment for the class of 2012 with all of others outside of Okwara and Perkins coming in the secondary.
Notre Dame picked up its 12th commitment for the class of 2012 over the weekend and like many of the other commitments so far, it came on the defensive side of the ball.