Nlemchi quickly making a name for himself

Recruiting coverage at Sooner Illustrated continues as we bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. After a big Thursday night win, we talked with junior running back K.C. Nlemchi from Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas. Check it out.

Within the Greater Houston boundaries, there are not many teams that can claim the undefeated title after eight weeks of play. But out West, the Katy Cinco Ranch team holds steady at 7-0 and has had several decisive victories over opponents during the 2009 campaign.

Though solid play is going on across the board, one could make the argument that the hardcore groundwork of running back K.C. Nlemchi plays a major factor in the Cougars' success. 

But let the 6-foot-1, 206-pound junior tell it, he is just doing what needs to be done.

"Pretty much I go and do what I have to do. I don't want to let anyone down because there is a lot expected of me and I take that to heart because it's a blessing to play on this team and be a part of this community," Nlemchi said. "I know my role and I know my part and a lot of teams key on me. But we are all a team. As long as I have everyone blocking for me, then I am going to just grab the ball and run with it."

And in the latest 40-0 win over rival Morton Ranch, Nlemchi handled up. He had 10 carries for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Though the numbers seem solid, Nlemchi, and even the Cougar offense, wanted to bring a little more to the table.

But, judging by the numbers, it was a slow start and strong finish.

"I mean when the defense is doing their part, the offense needs to come out and do our part too," Nlemchi said. "They (Morton Ranch) expected a lot and was ready for me. You could tell by the way they played. They hit hard and I came off the ball twice. I haven't fumbled much in my life. I never do that so I give them much respect for that."

So far for the season, Nlemchi has been updating his resume weekly. In 2009, he is averaging 8.75 yards per carry and is well past the 1,000-yard mark with 1,146 yards with 15 touchdowns. Nlemchi is active in the passing game as well with nine catches for 151 yards and two scores.

This level of play has brought some awareness to Cinco Ranch back and is hearing from quite a few schools, mainly in the Bog 12 Conference.

"I don't have any offers yet, but I am hearing from a lot of schools," Nlemchi said. "I getting a lot of letters from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Texas Tech."

In speaking with Cinco Ranch coach Don Clayton, the Aggies have shown quite a bit of interest in his running back. Also, in recent talks with Nlemchi himself, the idea of keeping his talent within the borders of the state would be nice.

But a few exceptions could be made.

"It would be a blessing to be able to stay in the state, and I really like Texas, but that is not like I am claiming a favorite or saying much about that," Nlemchi said. "But if I were to go out of the state to like a Florida or USC, you know somewhere big like Oklahoma."

With Oklahoma, Nlemchi said that there have not been a heavy dose of communications, but the ones that have come were good.

"I have been invited to a few games, but haven't made any yet," Nlemchi said of his Sooner interest. "I would love to know more about Oklahoma. They are talented, aggressive and disciplined. And they execute well as a team."

Nlemchi and the Cougar team get ready for another district match up this Friday against Mayde Creek.


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