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5-star DL Williams Nwaneri visits Kansas State

Drew Schott03/09/23
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Williams Nwaneri
(Chad Simmons/On3)

Lee’s Summit (Mo.) Lee’s Summit North five-star defensive lineman Williams Nwaneri visited Kansas State on Thursday. It marked his first trip to the Wildcats this year.

Nwaneri is the No. 7 overall prospect and No. 1 defensive lineman in the 2024 cycle, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He is also the No. 1 player in Missouri. 

On3 rates Nwaneri higher than other recruiting services, according to the Industry Comparison. Per the 2024 On300, Nwaneri is the No. 2 overall prospect in the country.

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound defender holds 31 offers. According to the On3 Recruiting Prediction MachineMissouri has a close lead for his commitment at 23.3%. 

Nwaneri told On3’s Chad Simmons on Jan. 12 that he has an idea of his recruitment timeline. The five-star previously visited Missouri, Oregon and Tennessee in January and also Oklahoma last weekend.

“I’m thinking about cutting the list down here soon,” Nwaneri said. “It wouldn’t be a terrible idea for me to commit before my senior season, but I’m not in a rush. I’ll play my senior season uncommitted and maybe commit during (it) or wait all the way up to signing day.”

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“I feel like I’m in a good place right now,” he added. “I’m starting to really figure it out, but I think I’m not ready to commit right now, but I’m starting to get an idea of where that place might be or exactly what I’m looking for in a place.”

Nwaneri has an On3 NIL Valuation of $311K. The On3 NIL Valuation is the industry’s leading index that sets high school and college athletes’ projected annual value (PAV). The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.

Williams Nwaneri On3 Scouting Summary 

The following is the On3 Scouting Summary for Williams Nwaneri: 

The most physically-gifted defensive line prospect early on in the 2024 cycle. Has an elite frame, measuring in at over 6-foot-6 with a 7-foot wing-span and an 11-inch hand. Moves very well for his size. Clocked a sub-5.0-second electronically-timed 40-yard dash prior to his junior season. Also shows fluidity with change of direction in the camp setting. Flashed some of his high-end potential as a sophomore, showing the ability to create disruption from multiple spots on the defensive line. 

Has the range and athleticism to run down skill players from behind. Still developing in terms of technical skill at the position but has immense upside and capacity for improvement. Could project to a number of spots along the defensive front, but looks to be a defensive lineman long-term given his frame and potential to add substantial mass.