Nwosu, 5-10 220 4.5, becomes the second pledge of the 2010 Recruiting Class. He also joins Cinco Ranch defender James Radcliffe in becoming the second Linebacker of the class.
Sources close to Nwosu last week had indicated that a possible commit was forthcoming. He chose Rice over heavy interest from Kansas, Illinois, California, and UTEP. The Klein Forest playmaker had visited Rice several times this spring before making his verbal committment this past weekend.
I asked Cameron in a conversation last night why Rice was the recipient of his pledge.
"I just really got a good vibe there. The academic part of Rice is going to be hard for any school to beat. I know I'll be set with a degree from there. Also, talking to James Casey really influenced my decision (the two visited at a spring practice). He was totally honest, he told me straight up what Rice was like. The classwork, the time committment. He also talked a lot about the players there and the bond that they have."
Cameron is one of many Klein Forest players being recruited this year. I asked how teammates Zach Bolton, Adrian Bennett, and Trey Payne reacted to his decision.
"They were real happy for me. They did ask why I committed so early - and I told them because I was sure about my decision."
Nwosu has been recognized for standout play on the football field, but that leadership amongst his peers is another tremendous asset Nwosu will bring to Rice.
He was selected 1st Team All-District 13-5A after the 2008 season where he recorded 89 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles, 2 sacks, 5 blocked kicks, 4 hurries, 3 pass deflections, and 6 fumble recoveries. He was also picked All-District after his sophomore season.
Despite lacking ideal height, Nwosu is simply a fantastic football player that makes plays all over the field - as indicated in his All-District accolades and stats from last season.
"I use what people say about my height as motivation. I don't think it really matters - it's a number. I've always felt like if you can play, you can play. I've always tried to let my actions on the field speak for my game."
In a recent Scout.com interview he added further.
"The best part of my game is my instincts, and that gives me the edge over somebody else. I'm not that tall of a person, but my instincts and explosiveness allow me to run sideline to sideline. I have a passion and love for the game. That gives me the edge over most teams and players."
Nwosu is an excellent student, carrying a 4.34 grade point average. But he studies football as much as anything else.
"I'm always watching film. Other Linebackers, their feet, their angles, I do everything I can to gain an advantage."
I asked Cameron if he wanted to send a message to Owl fans - he did.
"I just want to say, GO OWLS BABY - LET'S GO GET 'EM!"