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WSU football recruiting: LB Chima Onyeukwu officially signs letter of intent

The JUCO transfer should be given a long look during fall camp.

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Chima Onyeukwu, a linebacker out of Contra Costa College, signed his national letter of intent today and has the potential to be an instant impact player for Washington State in 2016.

Onyeukwu is ranked as a composite three-star prospect and a top-100 JUCO player by 247Sports. He played high school football in Pittsburg, Calif., but enrolled at nearby Contra Costa College after graduation. Utah State and Central Florida were vying for his services with scholarship offers, but he remained pledged to the crimson and gray after taking a visit to UCF in December.

With limited eligibility as a JUCO transfer, it wouldn't be a surprise if there is a linebacker competition for a starting spot in fall camp between Onyeukwu, Chandler Leniu, Frankie Luvu, and Dylan Hanser. Onyeukwu has flown under the radar during the recruiting process, but his play at the junior college level certainly merits the deserved look as a starter in 2016.

Scouting report

Onyeukwu shows great speed on his stunts. His first step is really quick and the majority of his blitz highlights are beating tackles around the edge, but he does stunt B really well too, again mostly with a speed rush. Just explodes through the line. Also scrapes to the perimeter fairly well, really aggressive nose for the ball. Not a lot of him in pass coverage, but there's enough athleticism to assume he could learn to handle hook-to-curl or flat responsibilities.


ESPN - ★★

Rivals - ★★★

Scout - ★★

247 Sports - ★★★

Measurables (via 247 Sports)

Position - Linebacker

Hometown - Pittsburg, Calif.

Height - 6-foot-3

Weight - 220 pounds