"I think this year is my year, and my coming out party," Uzoma Nwachukwu stated.
The receiver from Allen (Texas) High, patiently waited his turn in the shadows of All-American receiver Dan Buckner. Buckner is now a freshman at Texas, and Nwachukwu is ready to show out.
There would be times last fall when the 6-foot, 190-pound Nwachukwu was open, but the ball went to Buckner who was fighting off double coverage. Beginning with this past spring football, Nwachukwu is relishing his new role as the big man on campus.
"I think it's going to be a breath of fresh air with Dan gone," Nwachukwu began. "Hopefully I can lead my team, make plays and help us win a state championship.
"I definitely understand why the ball went to him so much. Dan had a big frame and he was the man last year, and he made plays.
"I got to watch first hand and learn how he dealt with the recruiting process, and how he prepared for games. And he attracted double coverage all the time, which got me open."
Nwachukwu got open to the tune of 22 receptions for 335 yards and six touchdowns. The four-star prospect with 4.39 speed in the 40-yard dash, has also attracted a bevy of colleges, and has trimmed his list of scholarship offers down to six favorites. Nwachukwu is looking at, in no particular order, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Kansas and Arkansas.
Like Buckner, Nwachukwu plans on making a verbal commitment before his final prep season. His mother has always had the same favorite.
"She likes Notre Dame the best, but on the other hand, she lets me look at the other schools and weigh all my options," Nwachukwu explained.
Nwachukwu hopes to see Notre Dame for the first time on July 3rd. He and his mother set the date, they just haven't bought the plane ticket yet. Nwachukwu also plans to make it back to Texas A&M and Oklahoma.
"I think they're going to be there until the end," Nwachukwu said of Notre Dame. "I think what Notre Dame brings to the table academically, and having coach Weis there with his offense, and he knows how to get players better and to the next level, it's such a great school."
Nwachukwu checks in with Notre Dame receivers coach Rob Ianello about once per week. He also calls Weis once in awhile.
And like Welker and Moss, Nwachukwu plans on catching a lot of balls this coming season.