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04/09 - ASU notebook: Top-notch juco CB wants to change plans and play for Oklahoma

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Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2003 11:26 pm | Updated: 2:26 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

A decision on whether prized junior college cornerback Chijoke Onyenegecha is free to renounce his commitment to Arizona State to play at Oklahoma will be made next week, ASU coach Dirk Koetter said Tuesday.

Koetter said a ruling on the legality of the letter of intent Onyenegecha signed on Feb. 5 will be rendered next Wednesday.

Onyenegecha, who played last season at City College of San Francisco, does not want to play for ASU because Ron English is no longer coaching the cornerbacks. English accepted a defensive position at Michigan after signing day.

Southeastern Conference compliance officer Greg Sankey, who is administrating the National Letter of Intent, said the letter of intent Onyenegecha signed is invalid because it lacks his father's signature. A final decision is to be made by a committee.

Onyenegecha's CCSF coach signed the letter as his legal guardian. Onyenegecha has no relationship with his father, ASU contends, in part because he was deported back to Nigeria.

With the football letter of intent period having expired April 1, if the letter is ruled invalid, Onyenegecha will be back on the open market as a prospect.

Instead of a letter of intent, he would sign a financial aid package with Oklahoma.


Heralded freshman wide receiver Terry Richardson is on the fast track to the lineup to replace All-American Shaun McDonald.

Instead of having Richardson learn all three receiver positions, Koetter has Richardson focusing on flanker.

Midway through spring ball, "He's doing well," Koetter said.

Skyler Fulton is still listed as the starter.


Projected kicker signee Jesse Ainsworth visited practice Tuesday. . . . Defensive end Jimmy Verdon did not practice and was wearing an ankle-high boot on his injured left ankle.

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