Kelechi Ohanaja

Fr., Def. Back, 6-1, 185

Arlington, Texas
James Martin H.S.

Joined Commodores at start of spring practice. Coaches working with Ohanaja at safety and cornerback looking for best fit. Has excellent speed and size, but needs an excellent off-season strength/conditioning to compete for serious action in senior-dominated secondary.

Did not play.

High School
Earned three-year varsity letters in football... Started three years, starting at safety as sophomore, defensive back as junior and running back at senior... Three-year All-District selection... Named by Dallas Morning News as Top 100 Recruits in Dallas-Fort Worth metro area... Team went to state playoffs as junior... Also sprinted for the high school track squad... Active with the Future Business Leaders of America and FCA.

Ohanaja is planning to major in Human and Organizational Development.

Son of Nancy Opara and Francis Ohanaja... Born January 27, 1983... Mom is a physician in Arlington... Oldest of four siblings (brother and two sisters)... Name is pronounced kuh-LECHI, OHAN uh-juh... Took a semester of Vanderbilt courses before athletic scholarship started in January 2002... Went to same high school as VU receiver Ryan Cuffee... Enjoys reading history and listening to music.


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