Nwigwe comes on strong at Rockwall-Heath

J.J. Nwigwe has emerged this season at left tackle at Rockwall-Heath High School in the Heath, Texas. When Trevor Elbert, who committed to Texas A&M, was sidelined with a shoulder injury earlier in the season, it was the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Nwigwe who moved over from guard to tackle. Nwigwe has done outstanding work leading his team to a 7-2 record which has helped to land him five D-1 offers.

"I'm so focused on my season that I haven't really thought a lot about my offers," Nwigwe told GoMids.com. "I'm going to but I just want to see this through. I have five great offers from Nevada, New Mexico State, Navy, Stephen F. Austin, and Northwestern State. I've talked about visiting Nevada on December 13th, but we could possibly still be in the playoffs then so I may have to reschedule with them. I've only been to Stephen F. Austin for a camp this past summer. I was offered two days later.

"Navy came in with their offer the third week of summer. Coach (Mickey) Moss let me know I had the offer. They had come to see me during the spring. Coach Yokitis, we call him Coach Yo, talked about the academy and what their doing with the program. He kind of indicated that my footwork and athletic ability are the two things that stood out to them on film. I've watched some Navy games this year and while we don't run the triple-option, what we do is run-dominant. I think it's an offense I'd do very well in. Navy, I think, has a good program. I'd say they're a possibility for me. I'm keeping all of my options open."

The Rock Well-Heath offense is centered around running back Rico Henderson, who is closing in on 1000 yards and quarterback Jordan Hoy, who has 10 passing touchdowns and a 66-percent completion rate. Nwigwe believes the Hawks have done a good job mixing it up this season.

"I've done a pretty good job for my team but I always feel like I could have done better," he said. "Two games ago my position coach gave me a grade of 85-percent. I haven't been graded out since he just tells me I'm doing a good job. We do a lot of power running so I'm primarily out there trying to run block for my running back Rico, but pass pro is where I've improved a lot this season.

"We just have one regular season game to go. It's against South Garland. Then it's on to the playoffs. Like I said, that's my focus but I'm keeping recruiting in the back of my mind. First thing I look to is my relationship with the coaching staff. I'd like to be one a college campus with a good atmosphere. I would kind of like to be close to home. That probably won't matter a whole lot in the end. It doesn't matter what offense. It could be West Coast, spread, triple-option. I just want to come in and learn the system help the team get victories."

Rockwall-Heath finished just 2-4 in their district a year ago and missed out of the playoffs, but turned it around to 5-1 in district play this season. Nwigwe plans on joining the wrestling team for the first time in high school this winter as well as competitive power lifting.

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