Mom Might Be Sold, Nwachukwu Is Still Open

Uzoma Nwachukwu has 11 scholarship offers, and is receiving interest from some of the top college programs in the country. While the 6-foot, 186-pound receiver from Allen (Texas) High is totally open, a favorite emerged for his mother on Monday.

Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis officially threw the Irish program into the hat for Uzoma Nwachukwu's services that morning by offering him a scholarship.

"My mom really liked it," Nwachukwu said. "She knows that Notre Dame is a top-notch academic school, so she kind of wants me to go there."

Not so fast for Nwachukwu, who is going to evaluate his offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Missouri, TCU, Vanderbilt, Kansas, Minnesota, Arizona, and Washington State, where his older brother Chima started all 12 games as a true freshman cornerback this past season.

Playing opposite five-star receiver Dan Buckner, who signed with Texas, Nwachukwu had 22 receptions for 335 yards and six touchdowns last fall. He has been emailing regularly with Notre Dame receivers coach Rob Ianello for quite some time.

"He was just saying he really liked me and he wanted coach Weis to see my film right away," Nwachukwu explained. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds. "He talked about the scheme and type of offense they run and how I fit in. He said that I'll probably play a slot receiver, and I'd run reverses and screens and everything like that. I'd be running all the routes, but I'd be a specialty receiver."

Ianello obviously got Weis to watch Nwachukwu's film.

On Monday morning, Nwachukwu got in touch with Notre Dame, and he was quickly on the horn with Weis.

"We talked about a whole lot of things, and he said he liked my film and that they don't offers that many receivers," Nwachukwu recapped. "He said they only offer the ones they're serious about, and he said that he was going to offer me.

"He just said he likes my speed and how I can go up and catch the ball, my ball skills and how I'm a physical receiver."

Given the nickname Easy by his middle school coaches, Nwachukwu might not be ready to commit, like say his mother, but he is still excited about his latest offer.

"I just know they have a whole lot of tradition and they have great academics and their football program is always going to be good," Nwachukwu began. "They have a lot to offer for me. It felt like the total package. Plus with coach Weis, he is like a celebrity so it's a big deal."

Nwachukwu has a 3.5 GPA. He can bench press 320 pounds, and squats 510. He took an unofficial visit to TCU, went to Texas A&M's junior day, and also traveled to Oklahoma. Nwachukwu hasn't set anything in stone regarding his summer itinerary.

"It will probably be to Arkansas, back up to A&M, and Notre Dame, and probably Missouri in the future," he said, adding later that Washington State will get a look as well.

As far as Notre Dame, Nwachukwu said that a visit could come as early as the spring game, and by the end of the summer at the latest.

Another thing that Notre Dame has going as far Nwachukwu is concerned, is bringing in five-star quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen and Dayne Crist in the past two recruiting classes.

"That's a big deal for me because they have talent at quarterback, so they have people that can get me the ball. That won't ever be an issue because they'll always have good quarterbacks."

Nwachukwu would like to make a verbal commitment before the end of summer, but is also contemplating holding off for awhile per the advice of his older brother, so he doesn't change his mind and have to possibly de-commit down the road.

"Right now my main thing is probably going to be playing time," Nwachukwu said of what he is looking for in a school "Then it will be the facilities and of course the academics. Plus I have to be real cool with the coaches. I'd have to form some kind of chemistry with the coaches." Top Stories