SMU Signing Day Profile: Toby Ndukwe

PonyStampede's breakdown of Richmond George Ranch defensive end and SMU signee Toby Ndukwe.

Video Breakdown DL Toby Ndukwe

COMMITTED TO SMU OVER: Ndukwe picked the Mustangs on May 8 over Bowling Green, Colorado State, Cincinnati, Fresno State, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas, Tulane and Tulsa. After committing, he got offers from Colorado, Indiana and Kansas State.

SIDE NOTE: Ndukwe was the defensive MVP of the State Title game his junior year as George RancH finished off a perfect season with a 5A Division I state title. He had seven tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks.

AUDIBLE: “It’s a great very young team, and a team that being a part of that is willing to give up a bit on our own and to learn from each other just what young teams do and I find that I would love to be a part of that.” 

How Ndukwe fits

Ndukwe projects as a stand-up defensive end for SMU at the LEO position. Scout's No. 11 defensive end in Texas is an athletic, disruptive rusher that will provide SMU with a much needed pass rush following in the footsteps of the likes of Justin Lawler. Ndukwe is also very solid against the run, but Van Malone has made it clear already he will look for him to provide a power rush off the end. 

What Ndukwe brings

Ndukwe is an athletic defensive end that is known as a high-motor pass rusher that can get after the quarterback, but also excels at stopping the run. One of the bigger things Ndukwe brings is his effort and ability to stay with a play even if it isn’t coming to him originally. He does have to get better with his quickness off the ball, and grow into his body a little more but these skills will come with time. 

Expectations for freshman year

Coming off a torn ACL and MCL, SMU might look to redshirt Ndukwe next year since his recovery is likely to run up pretty close to the start of the season. The Mustangs have a lot of depth up front and it benefits them and Ndukwe to make sure he is fully healthy before he takes the field. This will also allow him to get acclimated to the college game in practice and college life in general. 

Career expectations

Despite the knee injury, Ndukwe might be one of the top 3 players in this class looking a couple years down the road. His pass rushing ability puts SMU in a good spot down the road to deal with the departures of Justin Lawler, Mason Gentry and J.T Williams next year. The George Ranch defensive end was set up for a big year before suffering the injury, but is going to be a very talented lineman down the road. It just might not be till 2018 that he sees the field.  

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