Blue Dreams

Pearland HS DE Samuel Ukwuachu (Pearland, TX) is the second commitment for Boise State in the 2011 recruiting class. The standout DE chose Boise State over a host of other offers and now he's ready to focus on his senior season as he hopes to lead his team to a state championship. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his commitment to Boise State and his future as a Bronco.

Pearland HS DE Samuel Ukwuachu (Pearland, TX) is the second commitment for Boise State in the 2011 recruiting class. The standout DE chose Boise State over a host of other offers and now he's ready to focus on his senior season as he hopes to lead his team to a state championship. What set Boise State apart from the other schools? "What really made me commit was talking to the coaches and getting to know about them and Bronco Nation," he said. "What stood out to me was how much they wanted me. They told me I was #1 guy on their board," he added. Ukwuachu also held offers from Baylor, Northwestern, Virginia, SMU, North Texas, Louisville, Kansas, Colorado, Illinois, Arizona, and Houston.

Linebackers Coach Jeff Choate and Defensive Coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski did an excellent job recruiting Ukwuachu. They laid out the plan in terms of where Samuel will fit in the Bronco defense and made him feel comfortable. "I like their energy and I felt comfortable talking to them," he stated. "I was speaking to them two or three times a week. They recruited me much harder than the other schools and I feel like I fit right into their system."

The Boise State football program prides itself on effort and intensity. It seems each new Bronco shares that same mindset and Ukwuachu is no different. "They can expect 110% effort from me. I'm a leader and I'm going to work for my spot," he said. "I expect nothing and believe everyone should work for what they've got. They can just expect the best from me."

The Blue at Bronco Stadium is unlike any other field in the country. Boise State has dominated their competition year after year and the newest Bronco is already dreaming of playing on The Blue. "I love the blue field. To me, it's the best field in college football," he said. "I've been dreaming about the blue turf. It's going to be fun playing there."

The offer from Boise State came just recently as Jeff Choate and Pete Kwiatkowski were out on the road scouting future prospects. They stopped by Pearland HS to checkout their outstanding DE and they liked what they saw on the field. "They offered me right after we finished spring ball," Ukwuachu said. "They handed me their card and told me they were interested in me. I then spoke to Coach Petersen on the phone and he told me they liked how I go about things."

Last season, Samuel (6'5, 205, 4.57) and his teammates at Pearland finished with an 8-3. The Oilers lost in the first round of the state playoffs and this year they hope for better results. "You always expect to go further than the first round. Our goal was to go undefeated," he said. "We looked good during the spring. We got after it each day and got better. Hopefully, we can reach the state championship this season," he added.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Samuel Ukwuachu.

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