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January 26, 2009

Dunbar's Muse, Onuekwusi make choices

Two Poets seniors have found homes for next year.

Linebacker Gary Onuekwusi is headed to Temple, while running back Davon Muse will attend Central Michigan.

Onuekwusi committed to the Owls over the weekend. He also considered offers from Liberty and Morgan State. Onuekwusi was a Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection after recording 156 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks, two fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles as a senior.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder said the Temple coaches think he can play any of the three linebacker spots.

“The coaching staff is tremendous. They’re ... all like another set of fathers to me right now,” Onuekwusi said. “They’re were like, ‘welcome to the family’ with arms opened. ... They’re expecting me to bring the same intensity from high school on the football field to their program.”

Muse picked the Chippewas late last week over offers from Toledo and Morgan State. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder rushed for more than 1,110 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior.

Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith said Muse will be a running back at Central, with the potential to contribute in the slot as well.
“They started [recruiting him] towards the end of the year,” Smith said. “[CMU defensive coordinator] Tim Banks used to be at Maryland and he’s a good friend of mine. I got a hold of him [and he started recruiting Muse]. ... [Muse] can turn into a great Division I tailback with the way he’s built and the way he can run the ball every down. I think that’s what the coaches saw in him.”

Muse is the fourth Maryland native to become a part of Central Michigan’s 2009 recruiting class. He joins Thomas Johnson (Frederick Co.) cornerback Darrick Scott, and River Hill teammates Malek Redd, a running back, and linebacker Leron Eaddy.

Five Dunbar seniors have now made commitments to Div. 1 schools. Running back Tavon Austin pledged to West Virginia, while cornerback Courtney Bridget and linebacker Horace Miller are ticketed for UNLV.

Click here for a list of local high school commitments.

Credits: Baltimore Sun photos of Gary Onuekwusi (top left, Dec. 1, 2007) and Davon Muse (right, Nov. 22, 2008) by Kim Hairston

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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