Ndulue Talks Recent Coaching Change at OU

At Sooners Illustrated, we look to bring you the most up-to-date information on Sooner targets as they tell it. We talked briefly with Dallas Jesuit defensive end Chuka Ndulue in regards to the recent coaching change at Oklahoma. Check out what he had to say.

Things have been pretty quiet for Dallas (TX) Jesuit defensive end Chuka Ndulue, who committed to Oklahoma back late May. Towards the end of November, Ndulue took an official visit to Norman, OK and walked away more impressed than when he initially committed.

But a few things have changed since then.

In fact, it has been reported on news outlets Saturday morning that Oklahoma defensive ends coach Chris Wilson has accepted a new coaching position with Mississippi State. For the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Ndulue, Wilson was his primary contact and the one who recruited him to Oklahoma.

Any thoughts from Ndulue?

"Wow. I heard a little something about this yesterday (Thursday, January 14), but I thought it was all a rumor," Ndulue said. "Just recently did I find out that he is really leaving. I guess I have a few things to think about. He (Wilson) and I had a good connection and he always made me feel like family."

But before reading into this too hard, there are a lot of factors that go into the minds of athletes when coaching changes occur. This news was somewhat a shot in the dark for Ndulue, but it seems like the bottom line is…

"Sure there is a lot going through my mind, but the main thing is that I am looking forward to playing football at Oklahoma," Ndulue said. "I understand that this is a business and if he needed to do what he had to do to get a bigger paycheck, then it makes sense."

Just last week, Ndulue said that he and Wilson talked as they usually do. A pretty routine conversation went down as far as coach to recruit talks go. How are things, what to look forward to when you get here, how's the workouts been going, etc. 

In his final season at Jesuit, Ndulue had about 50 tackles and 12 sacks. Now, he looks to continue moving forward as planned.

"I have to say I did not see this coming. I guess really I don't know what to make of all of this," Ndulue said. "I guess I just really need to think about this a little. But I know that I am still all Oklahoma for the moment."

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