Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall wide receiver James Onwualu took a trip to Notre Dame, his future stomping grounds, for the Irish victory over Michigan on Sept. 22 and the program is now 2-0 for games he is present after he was in attendance for the 41-3 win against Miami this weekend.
Irish wide receiver commit James Onwualu is rated as the top player in Minnesota.
"It was a great game," the 6-2, 205-pound three-star Irish commit told BlueandGold.com Sunday morning. "Much different from being at Notre Dame, but the crowd brought the same kind of energy to Soldier Field.
"The offense was amazing. But anyone can see that. The scoreboard explained it all."
In addition to the Minnesota native envisioning himself being piece in the offensive puzzle with his ability to make plays lined up in a number of different places, he felt how the Irish looked turned out to be better than expected once under the bright lights.
"I thought (the uniforms) looked much better in person," Onwualu admitted on the controversial topic with Notre Dame choosing to break away from the traditional helmets for Shamrock Series game. "I like the switch up as long as they don't go too crazy with it."
Onwualu, who is rated as the top player in Minnesota and the No. 48 wide receiver nationally on 247Sports and has been nominated for the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, couldn't have any interaction with the Irish coaching staff due to the NCAA rules on off-campus contact, but safeties coach Bob Elliot attended his game on Friday night to show the program's support and continued interest.
He finished with nine carries for 212 yards (averaging 23.5 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in the Raiders (4-2) 48-7 victory against Forest Lake (0-6). The next matchup is against Woodbury on Oct. 12 (2-4).
Onwualu sat with his future teammate, wide receiver Corey Robinson of San Antonio Christian, son of NBA Hall of Famer David "The Admiral" Robinson, and his family during Notre Dame-Miami game.
He noted that he had a great time being around former Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd (2008-11), who is one of the players in the CDH pipeline to South Bend, and he was able to learn a lot from the Arizona Cardinal.
Onwualu has not reciprocated any interest being shown from other programs and remains as a "solid" commit for the Irish.