Another Okwara is on the way to Notre Dame.
Four-star class of 2016 outside linebacker/defensive end Julian Okwara, whose brother, Romeo, led the Irish in sacks last year, announced his verbal commitment to Notre Dame Tuesday evening. The younger Okwara is rated by Rivals as the No. 179 player nationally and No. 6 player in North Carolina in the class of 2016.
The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Okwara, a Charlotte native, chose Notre Dame over offers from schools such as Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech, among others. He was recruited by Notre Dame recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach Mike Elston, according to Rivals.
— Julian Okwara (@704jo) April 14, 2015
Okwara is Notre Dame's fifth verbal commitment for next year's recruiting class, joining four-star Cincinnati offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer, three-star Bradenton, Fla. running back Tony Jones, three-star LaGrange Park, Ill. (and Nazareth Academy) defensive back Julian Love and two-star Wilmette, Ill. (and Loyola Aacadmy) long snapper John Shannon.
Barring something unexpected, Julian and Romeo Okwara won't be able to play together at Notre Dame. The elder Okwara will be a senior in 2015, which is his last year of eligibility.
Romeo Okwara's four sacks led Notre Dame in 2014, and he also notched four tackles for a loss and and two forced fumbles last year. Over his three seasons in South Bend, Okwara has played in all 39 games (13 starts) with 65 tackles, seven TFLs, four and a half sacks and three forced fumbles.