In his two years at Contra Costa College (San Pablo, California), Chima Onyeukwu has impressed teammates, fans, coaches and scouts alike with his strong play at the outside linebacker position. That play earned him scholarship offers from Washington State, UCF, and Utah State, with the 6’3, 220-pound Onyeukwu opting to sign with Washington State. The three-star recruit signed his national letter of intent on Signing Day, adding flavor to a competitive linebacker scene for the Cougars. In this interview, we talk his college decision, his visit to Pullman, and more:
By: Peter Elliott – NFL, MLB, and NCAA writer – @PelliottSports
Peter Elliott: Why did you sign with Washington State over UCF or Utah State
Chima Onyeukwu: I felt like I fit better with Washington State scheme.
PE: Did you ever consider going with another team?
CO: No, I did not.
PE: What was it like when you signed those college papers, locking you in with Washington State on Signing Day?
CO: It felt amazing!
PE: What did you like of the Pullman campus when you visited?
CO: The atmosphere and the people that will be working with me when I arrive there.
PE: Have you talked to any other WSU signees?
CO: Yea, [Former San Francisco CC cornerback] Rob Taylor.
PE: Did you talk to him before or after you signed?
PE: What was the conversation about?
CO: We just talked about our visits to Wazzu.
PE: What is one quality you possess as an athlete that you’d like people to know you have?
CO: I’m fast and physical.
PE: What player do you mold your game after or look up to?
CO: [Seattle Seahawks linebacker] Malcolm Smith and [Oakland Raiders outside linebacker/defensive end] Khalil Mack.
PE: And finally, what do you want to say to the WSU fans?
CO: Let’s get to another Bowl!
Thanks to Chima Onyeukwu for a great interview! You can follow him on Twitter @Go_CHEEM.