Texas landed the eighth commitment in its 2015 class Monday when Rowlett defensive end Charles Omenihu announced his pledge to the Longhorns via Twitter.
Omenihu was one of five recruits that picked up a Texas offer after spending all day Saturday with the Longhorn staff during the school’s first junior day of the year. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound speed-rushing end said the Texas coaches were drawn to him because of his style of play.
“They loved my film,” Omenihu told the American-Statesman on Saturday. “They loved that I can run, that I get after the quarterback; they feel like I can fit into their system with what they’re looking for in a defensive end.”
247Sports Composite, an average of industry rankings, rates Omenihu as a three-star player and No. 106 overall in the state of Texas. Orangebloods.com lists him much higher in its Lone Star Recruiting’s Top 100 – No. 36 in the state and the second best defensive end in Texas. (Highlights)
Texas was the odds on favorite to land Omenihu after an offer was extended. Coming into the weekend, his offer list included Louisiana Tech, Northwestern, and Tulsa.
While the Longhorns are on a different level from those programs, it was new head coach Charlie Strong that won Omenihu over during his visit to Austin.
“I really love his demeanor and how he’s going to run this program,” he said.
Omenihu is the second 2015 recruit to commit to Charlie Strong’s Longhorn program. He joins Huntsville offensive tackle Ronnie Major, who pledged to Texas during Saturday’s junior day.
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