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James Onwualu

Victoria Jacobson | Thursday, February 7, 2013

6’1″ • 203
Cretin-Derham Hall High School
Saint Paul, Minn.

Receiver James Onwualu doesn’t break out of many tackles – generally because defenders can’t catch him in the first place. The nimble Cretin-Derham Hall product from Saint Paul, Minn., has made many of his opponents look foolish over the years, tormenting them with fantastic foot speed and outstanding lateral movement.
Onwualu – who hails from the same school as Michael Floyd and Joe Mauer – carries the ball with the momentum of a freight train, staying cognizant of where the defense is and where to go to avoid it. Hesitation has no place in his game; he can run his route, turn for the catch and break for the end zone, all without losing a step. He received offers from nearly every Big Ten school and several Pac-12 programs in addition to Notre Dame.