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NAME: Levi Onwuzurike

SCHOOL: Washington

CONFERENCE: Pac-12

POSITION: iDL

CLASS: RS Sophomore

JERSEY: No. 95

RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star

HT: 6’3

WT: 290 lbs

D.O.B.: N/A


PROS: Great agility for the interior and has the hand usage to capitalize. Regularly hits spins, swims, and arm overs on the interior to generate rush angles — though frequently alignment at 0-technique limits the effectiveness of this strength. Uses good length well to keep frame outside of opponent’s reach when slow-playing the rush, but has the stride length and agility to immediately threaten half-man at any moment. Has nice spatial awareness of help blockers arriving and can anticipate rush lanes accordingly. Awareness also shines as a run defender — is tough to trap or wash down through angles, given ability to slip by blocks with good flexibility and quickness.

CONS: Lacks explosiveness in a big way, though some scheme constraints should be considered here. That said, is regularly the last lineman of the ball and does not attack forward out of his stance, regardless of down and distance. Frequently upright at the snap and will lose his chest willingly to quick hands from offensive linemen. Lacks functional mass for interior play, though mass has apparently been added for 2018 play. Easy to wash with double teams and struggles to drop anchor against head-on blocks. Inability to incorporate bull-rush into rush arsenal despite good length also speaks to lack of lower body power. Thighs and glutes seem sufficiently thick; core may be the concern. Could look to better finish his rushes and not just penetrate to disrupt; bend seems only decent. Frame and play style more reminiscent of ‘big end’ than true interior defender, but further evaluation needed given limited playing time in 2017.

– Benjamin Solak