Nebraska’s late push for Michael Onyemaobi came up short as the cornerback from California announced Wednesday he’ll sign with TCU.
The Huskers were one of the finalists after emerging as a top contender over the last month of the recruiting cycle. Nebraska hosted Onyemaobi and his family on an official visit this past weekend, but it wasn’t enough to secure his signing day decision.
Nebraska didn’t extend a scholarship offer to Onyemaobi, a consensus three-star prospect, until Jan. 13, and he had been committed to Cal for about eight months at that time. But Cal had recently fired its head coach, and Onyemaobi was beginning to open to other options.
New NU corners coach Donte Williams also had a longstanding relationship with Onyemaobi that helped get the Huskers in the door. Williams recruited Onyemaobi to both of his previous coaching stops — San Jose State and Arizona — and he was one of his first in-home visits last month upon the end of the dead period.
The Huskers took advantage of all that, and after an in-home visit with Williams and Mike Riley on Jan. 18, Onyemaobi announced that he was decommitting from Cal. He would then eventually narrow his recruitment to three schools — Nebraska, Iowa State and TCU, though Iowa State was eliminated before signing day.
Onyemaobi visited both TCU and Nebraska over the final two weeks before signing day. Former Cal coach Sonny Dykes is now an analyst on the TCU coaching staff, and that helped Onyemaobi feel a little more comfortable there.
Nebraska entered signing day without a defensive back in its 2017 recruiting class, but Onyemaobi was one of four targets that made a decision Wednesday.
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