While Americans were celebrating the nation's 232nd birthday over the weekend, the Texas A&M football staff had even more to be happy about when Allen High School (TX) wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu committed to the Aggies on Saturday.
"I talked it over with my mom, my brother, and my coach," Nwachukwu said. "It just seemed like the best situation with the new offense and the new staff, and having Steven (Terrell) going there is just the cherry on top."
When it came time to call the Texas A&M coaches, the 6-foot-1, 186-pound prospect decided to play a joke on his recruiting coach, and it had Aggie assistant coach Randy Jordan on edge for a few minutes.
"I called Coach Jordan and messed with him a little bit," joked Nwachukwu. "I told him ‘Coach, I have some bad news for you' and he said ‘no man, don't do this to me'. I came clean and told him I wanted to commit. He was relieved and happy."
With Texas A&M running low on scholarships at the receiver position, there was speculation that Nwachukwu and other Aggie targets at receiver were on the outside looking in, but that doesn't appear to be the case with the Allen product. Then again, it's not surprising considering his 4.38 forty speed, 41 inch vertical jump, and 315 pound bench press.
"I know they are running low on scholarships, but the coaches said that I was an exception and would have a standing offer," Nwachukwu said. "They told me they were taking 1-2 more receivers and that some of those guys could play both ways, so I wasn't really worried I wouldn't have a spot."
Other than the new passing offense being implemented, another selling point was the ability to earn early playing time and being a part of something special at Texas A&M.
"I like that the staff is new and the slate is wiped clean for everybody, so I have the opportunity to come in and earn early playing time," Nwachukwu said. "I also like being in a rebuilding situation and being a member of that first group that makes a difference."
The Aggies beat out primary contenders Oklahoma and Notre Dame for the services of the Scout.com four-star recruit, the third four-star wide receiver in the 2009 class. The big question is whether his commitment yesterday signals the end of his recruiting process.
"I don't plan to take any visits, other than to the Texas A&M one-day camp next weekend," Nwachukwu said. "But if other coaches continue to call me and send letters, there's nothing I can do about that. I've built relationships over the past several months and I'll keep those relationships if they contact me. I'm happy with my commitment and I won't seek out other options, but I won't hang up on coaches I know."
In the meantime, Nwachukwu is focused on his offseason workouts and preparing for his upcoming senior season, and he hopes his hard work will pay dividends in the fall.
"I'm always working on my footwork and my hands," Nwachukwu said. "But I'm really focusing on my endurance. I know as a senior, my team will be counting on me in crunch time so I have to be fresh at the end while others are tired."
Nwachukwu discusses A&M commitment
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