Stunning Growth Spurt Puts John Ojukwu Squarely In Boise State's Sights

How does someone transform from 195 pounds to a solid 285 pounds of muscle in less than a year?

In Boise High School standout John Ojukwu's case, it was a combination of a natural growth spurt, a specialized diet and plenty of time in the gym.

"I was at 195 pounds during my junior year," he said. "After the season ended I made my own diet and exercising regiment with help from some other people. I was eating 7,000 calories a day and working out five to seven times a week."

Ojukwu, an offensive lineman for the Braves, blossomed into a 6-foot-6, 285-pound slab of concrete. College coaches started taking notice. He was offered by hometown school Boise State at the Broncos' camp in June. Portland State followed suit, and Ojukwu has been in contact with PAC-12 universities Washington StateOregon StateOregon, and Utah. "The BSU coaches talked with me for about a month before the camp, then they worked with me there and offered on the spot," he said.

Ojukwu moved from Atlanta to Boise about seven years ago to be closer to family. He says that he likes Idaho better than Georgia, and that he is very interested in the Broncos, having visited campus on a number of occasions.

"I like Boise State a lot," Ojukwu said. "I didn't think they would offer me. They are pretty selective with their offers for in-state guys."

What does he bring to the table?

"Coaches like that I'm flexible, both with my body and that I can play most positions on the line," Ojukwu said. "I'm coachable and enjoy doing what I am asked."

Although the Broncos are at the top of his list, Ojukwu is not ready to commit anywhere.

"I'm open to anything," he said. "I want to play well my senior so I can see what happens. I'm interested in Boise State, but I'm still seeing." has been covering Boise State sports since 2002. You can keep up to date on the latest Boise State news by following publisher Kevin Hiatt @Kevin_Hiatt, and lead reporter Chase Glorfield @ChaseGlorfield on twitter, by liking and following our Facebook page at BoiseStateBroncosOnScout, and by keeping your browser on the BroncoCountry website and message board. If you're a recruit who wants to create, or update a profile, or if you just have Boise State recruiting information to share, email Kevin and Chase at

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