Belmont Hill DE Sampson Onuoha verbally commits to Duke

Belmont Hill may have one of the best defensive end pairings in the country. This weekend, one of those players made his college intentions known.

Sampson Onuoha, a 6-4, 240-pound player in the class of 2025, announced on Twitter that he had verbally committed to Duke University.

Another class of 2025 defensive end at Belmont Hill, Tommy Rupley, is also a Power Five recruit, and picked up an offer from Penn State this weekend.

Belmont Hill coach Anthony Fucillo was happy with Onuoha’s decision.

“Sampson is a perfect fit for Duke,” Fucillo said. “He’s a high character kid that challenges himself in the classroom and on the athletic fields. Duke is a dream type school for him and his family. Belmont Hill does an amazing job of preparing young men on how to balance academics and athletics and Sampson has taken full advantage of his opportunity at our school. On the field he has such a high ceiling with his size and athletic potential only having played two seasons of football in his life. His rawness at DE is a positive at the next level as their coaches will be able to mold him into a perfect fit for their scheme.”

In a recent Recruiting Roundup, Fucillo summed up Onuoha’s prospects.

“Sampson is an interesting story,” Fucillo said. “Sampson is from London. Sampson has only played 15 games of football in his whole life. It’s crazy. He came to Belmont Hill to play basketball, and because we really preach the multi-sport athlete here at Belmont Hill, he tried football as a sophomore under the former coach. Kind of got his feet wet, and really started to love it and fall in love with the game. Then spent a lot of time in the weight room and working. He played as a sophomore at 215, and now he’s 240 and growing. Pretty special kid, both of them, but it’s kind of an interesting thing.”

Some of the other schools to offer Onuoha include Syracuse, BC, Minnesota, South Florida, Pittsburgh, and UConn, plus eight from the Ivy League.