CU football adds grad transfer in safety Mikial Onu

Onu led SMU Mustangs in tackles in 2017

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Another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place for the Colorado football program. And this one already has a fair amount of Division I experience under his belt.

Via Twitter on Saturday evening, safety Mikial Onu pledged a verbal commitment to the Buffaloes for coach Mel Tucker’s first season in charge of the CU program. Onu, a safety, played three seasons at SMU before entering the NCAA transfer portal this spring. He is a graduate transfer who will be eligible immediately, and Onu has the potential to help patch some depth issues in the secondary after the recent departures from CU by defensive backs Hasaan Hypolite and Dante Wigley.

As a sophomore in 2017, Onu led SMU with 105 tackles while grabbing a pair of interceptions. He didn’t enjoy as much playing time last fall as former Cal coach Sonny Dykes took over SMU’s program, appearing in 11 games with just seven starts. He finished with 59 tackles and one interception.

At safety with the Buffs, Onu likely will compete with Derrion Rakestraw, Trey Udoffia, and Aaron Maddox for playing time.