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Dunbar’s Daniel Nwosu switches schools, draws interest

After spending his sophomore and junior seasons as a tight end at DuVal, Daniel Nwosu and his family decided that the run-heavy offenses of Prince George’s County weren’t for him. So they talked it over and decided to pay tuition, according to Nwosu, to send him to Dunbar, a District school with a strong tradition of developing Football Bowl Subdivision and NFL caliber players.

“In P.G., we run the ball a lot,” said Nwosu, who is 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and also plays defensive end. “Here, there are a lot of opportunities, a lot of opportunities to be seen and all that. No knock on DuVal, they’re a great team.”

Being a new student at a school as a senior has been “a little weird,” Nwosu acknowledged, but he has grown accustomed to Dunbar and his teammates and enjoyed his time so far.

On the field, Nwosu has become a vital part of the defensive line as well as the Crimson Tide’s offense. Through nine games, Nwosu has 42 tackles and ten sacks. In a thrilling 43-42 overtime win over Coolidge, he had three key pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.

On offense, Nwosu has ten catches for 220 yards and four touchdowns — more than he had at this point last season, he said.

Nwosu already holds offers from New Mexico and Ohio, in addition to Bryant, Virginia Military Institute and Youngstown State. But recently other schools have expressed increased interest, such as Boston College and Virginia. He said he spoke with Illinois last week.

Some schools want him as a tight end and others as a defensive end, and others say they will wait and see to decide.

“Really for me, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “I’ll play defense or offense. It depends on the situation coming in.”

College coaches like his size, speed and mammoth hands. He wears size XXL or 3XL gloves.And every time he meets a college coach, he said he gets a compliment on the size of his hands.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010, wrote about high school sports across the region for two years and has covered the Nationals since the middle of the 2012 season.



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