Longtime Sherman target discusses trip

After being pegged as one of Mike Sherman's first targets to receive an offer from the new A&M coaching staff, where does the talented wide receiver stand now? Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with Nwachukwu about his weekend trip to College Station for the Maroon & White game.

One of the top 2009 recruits at Texas A&M's spring game this past Saturday was Allen's Uzoma Nwachukwu. The 6-foot, 186-pound wide receiver already holds offers from a who's-who of college football including the Aggies, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, OU, Nebraska, and Louisville to name a few.

He was one of Mike Sherman's first offers of the 2009 class almost three months ago, and the staff made it known on Saturday that he was still a top priority.

"I met with most of the coaches and got to know them a lot more than I did during the junior day," Nwachukwu said. "Coach Malone met me when I got there and gave me a tour of the locker rooms and the player's lounge. Then he introduced me to Coach Sherman and I had a 10-15 minute one-on-one meeting with him."

While Nwachukwu had briefly talked to Coach Sherman previously, he said getting a chance to sit down and talk at length with the head coach was a great experience and helped him get a better understanding of his role at Texas A&M if he were to play there.

"Coach Sherman said he liked my physical ability and my ball skills, but also my passion and how I play the game," Nwachukwu said. "He said I reminded him of the NFL receivers he coached at Green Bay and that I had the ability to come in as a freshman and play early."

The Metroplex blue chip with a posted 40 time of 4.38 to his credit, also spent a lot of time breaking down the offense with coordinator Nolan Cromwell, and also running backs coach Randy Jordan. The personal touch did not go unnoticed by Nwachukwu.

"I feel more comfortable every time I go down to A&M," Nwachukwu said. "They are good people down there. Coach Jordan is a cool guy and cracks me up. Getting all that time with the staff gave me a comfort level about the program and where I could play if I go there."

With all of the attention from the staff, was there a thought about committing?

"Coach Jordan and those guys were asking if I wanted to commit and were joking around a little about it," Nwachukwu said. "Coach Sherman was real cool about it. He said they would welcome me into the fold anytime I wanted, but he understood I wanted to see a few more places before making a decision and he didn't pressure me."

While Nwachukwu said that Texas A&M is very high on his list, he still has several visits to take before closing the door on the recruiting process. He has plans to visit Notre Dame on June 16, and he plans to see Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, OU, and a third trip back to Texas A&M before he will likely narrow his list and make a decision.

"A&M really impressed me this weekend, but I still need to see some schools," Nwachukwu said. "After I take some visits in the summer, I'll probably make a decision right before football season."

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