Pearland Defensive End Gets Illini Offer

Texas is one of the premier recruiting grounds in the country. The Illinois football staff now has coaches with connections to the Lone Star State. They have identified defensive end Samuel Ukwuachu as a recruiting target.

Pearland High School's Samuel Ukwuachu didn't expect to get an Illinois offer.

"It was kind of a surprise to me. I had never really spoken to them before they offered me. Now, I keep in touch with the coaches. I talk to them once a week."

Illinois is one of four schools to offer the talented defensive end.

"I also have offers from Northwestern, Baylor, and Southern Methodist."

A host of other schools are also in pursuit of the Texan.

Tulsa, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Purdue and others are interested.

"All of the schools but SMU are looking at me as a defensive end. SMU is talking to me about being a wide receiver. They're in need of wide receivers."

Ukwuachu has a few unofficial visits set up.

"I'm planning on going to Baylor to watch a spring practice. I might go to Tulsa too. SMU sent me something about attending a junior day or spring practice."

The 6'-5", 200 pound defensive lineman is a heady player.

"In the past I used my quickness to get past my guy. In my junior year, I focused on my technique to beat my man and get to the quarterback. I want to become a smarter player next year. When I watch my film I see mistakes I've made. I make a couple every game and I want to improve on that."

Ukwuachu will be counted on to provide senior leadership.

"I'm the only returning starter on the defense so the juniors will get a lot of playing time. On offense, we've got a lot of key returners. The key to our season will be building chemistry. I played defensive end, tight end, and receiver last season.

Ukwuachu is busy running track and lifting weights in the offseason.

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