LITTLE ROCK - One of the nation's top prep receivers got lobbied by his old high school quarterback on Saturday during the Shootout of the South.
Current University of Arkansas quarterback and former Allen (Texas) High Nathan Dick let current Allen wideout Uzoma Nwachukwu (6-0, 186, 4.38) know how good he would look in Razorback Red.
"I just actually got done talking to Nathan today and he was saying that they really need me and that things are really looking up at Arkansas right now," Nwachukwu said. "He just keeps saying it is great to be a Razorback, they are putting in a new style of offense and they need receivers to do it."
Nwachukwu – whose named is pronounced (Oo-Zo-Mah Watch-Kwoo) – has over 30 offers, but just a few schools hanging around at the top.
"There's Arkansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Kansas," said Nwachukwu, who also mentioned Texas later. "Those are all really great schools that have offered me and are showing a great deal of interest."
He's impressed with what he sees out of Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino and the new Razorback staff.
Arkansas has three former Allen producs on its roster in quarterbacks Casey and Nathan Dick and defensive lineman Marcus Shavers.
"Arkansas is a great program and really starting to step up its passing game with Coach Petrino and in talking with him he seems like a really nice guy," Nwachukwu said. "They are going to have an exciting offense and it would be pretty nice to be a part of."
Nwachukwu caught 37 passes for 617 yards and 2 touchdowns as a sophomore and 22 catches for 335 yards and 6 touchdowns last season.
He should have a big-time breakout this season now that former Allen star and Texas signee Dan Bucker has moved on.
"I think I use my physical ability pretty well," Nwachukwu said. "I bench 320 pounds, ran a sub 4.4 and a 41-inch vertical. I think I do a good job of putting that all to use by going for the football."
He did not play in the Shootout on Friday, but was back in action on Saturday in an event that Lake Hamilton won 38-37 over Allen with some late dramatics.
"I had tweaked my hamstring, but it was kind of hard standing on the sidelines watching so I had to come in for my team," Nwachukwu said.
Nwachukwu has plans to have a decision by the end of the summer.
"I am planning on committing for the season because my former teammate Dan Buckner did that and he was able to relax and play and had a pretty good season," Nwachukwu said. "That's my plan."
Nwachukwu Eyes Arkansas
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