DE Julian Okwara
Measurables: 6-4, 216
School: Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell
Rivals ranking: Four stars, No. 18 WDE.
247Sports ranking: Four stars, No. 24 WDE.
Notable numbers: Okwara totaled 84 tackles (70 solo), 11 tackles for a loss, nine sacks and four forced fumbles in his senior season. He added four catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
First scholarship offer: Boston College.
Best advice I received through the recruiting process: Go with your heart, try to take things slowly and know what you’re getting into when you commit.
One word to describe Brian Kelly: Committed.
The one thing I won’t miss about the recruiting process: Getting phone calls randomly.
Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: The day I went up there and when we dropped my brother off when he was a freshman.
My secret off-the-field talent: Video games.
Song on my iPod I’m embarrassed to tell people about: “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift.
Sports idol: My brother, Romeo.
Preferred social media: Twitter.
Favorite football accomplishment: Catching a touchdown because it was something Romeo hasn’t done.
Dream job (other than the NFL): ESPN analyst.
Defensive line coach Keith Gilmore on Okwara: "Julian is more of a finesse rusher. He’s got a lot of quick-twitch about him. He’s a guy that has a speed and diversity in that way."
Audio: Notre Dame defensive line coach Keith Gilmore talks about how Julian is different than his brother, former Irish defensive end Romeo Okwara.