Texans Add 2018 BIG 12 Defensive Lineman Of The Year With 5th Round Selection

Former Longhorn standout, Omenihu stays in Texas

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April 27, 2019 - 2:58 pm

For one of the newest Houston Texans, former Univeristy of Texas defensive end Charles Omenihu getting to stay in the state of Texas is a dream come true.

Omenihu getting to come back to the place he was born is a blessing as well. 

Selected in the 5th round, 161st overall, Omenihu was the first Longhorn off the board in the 2019 draft and the first time a defensive lineman has been drafted from UT since Hasaan Ridgeway in 2016. 

Omenihu, was born in Houston, but was moved to a Dallas suburb when he was only 1. He later starred at Rowlett high school on the football field, but in the classroom as well, where he was a member of the B honor roll all four years in hgh school. 

The 6'5, 280-pound defensive end, has been trying to model himslef after a couple of Texans d-line standouts in JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney for quite a long time, even wearing the same jersey number 7, in high school as Clowney wore during his time at South Carolina, and the number 90 as Clowney wears with the Texans.  

"I think I can learn from JJ especially just because we play kind of the same position, just handwork and how to use my length a little better," Omenihu said. 

The 2018 Big 12 defensive lineman of the year, started 33-of-51 career games at Texas, amassing 99 tackles (68 solo), 29.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.