DE Julian Okwara

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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.

Notre Dame DE commit Julian Okwara. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)