While senior wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu has been battling a nagging high ankle sprain that has limited his production so far, the Allen High School (TX) Eagles have raced out to a 3-1 record and a national ranking. The lone loss came last weekend to powerhouse Euless Trinity (TX) 24-14 in a clash of nationally ranked squads that highlighted the state's weekend schedule.
"Trinity has incredible size and very good athletes. They have a great football team," Nwachukwu said. "But, I still think we beat ourselves. We made too many mistakes. We didn't execute."
The four-star receiver played in the game, but the high ankle sprain that he suffered at the start of the season has affected his production, though not his effort and senior leadership.
"My production has been limited the past couple of weeks. I'm rehabbing my ankle," Nwachukwu said. "But I feel I'm an improved player and teammate this season because I'm leading my team by example and putting in the work ethic and the effort every day. As a senior, I'm pushing myself in practice and doing everything I can in the games to help our team win."
The Texas A&M commitment sees big things ahead for the talented Allen squad, and he hopes that his dedicated work ethic will pay off when he eventually moves up to the collegiate ranks next year. Based on the number of recruiters calling, college coaches feel he'll be a productive pass catcher at the next level.
"I've been hearing from all the schools that recruited me last spring. Nebraska, Kansas, Notre Dame, and OU have all called," Nwachukwu said. "Of course, A&M has been calling. Coach Jordan called that first day (September 1) and Coach Sherman called me last week."
Asked what Coach Sherman had to say in their phone conversation, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound receiver said the head coach wanted him on the team sooner rather than later.
"He said he needed me to come in, put on the pads, and help right away," Nwachukwu said. "They've had to move Tannehill to receiver and they are trying to find some people to play the position. He said he's been disappointed with the results, but he feels the players are giving the effort. They just need more talent in some places."
Nwachukwu couldn't make it to College Station for the Miami, but he received a full report from his teammate and fellow Texas A&M commit Steven Terrell.
"I couldn't make it, but I talked to Steve about it and he said the atmosphere was crazy," Nwachukwu said. "He said A&M treated him nice and showed him the love. He had a great time. I can't wait to get down there for a game."
The Allen product isn't sure of his schedule, but he does plan to take an unofficial visit to College Station to experience the atmosphere for himself. While he is fielding phone calls from other schools and keeping in contact, he feels vey good about his verbal pledge to the Aggies.
"I'm definitely a solid commit," Nwachukwu said. "But I'm not going to tell other coaches to stop calling because you never know what the future holds. But it's not like I'm looking for another school or I'm planning to decommit or anything like that. I'm happy with my situation."
For the moment, Nwachukwu is focused on healing his ankle and helping his team make the playoffs and get to the state championship. The next hurdle is Friday against Plano West.
Nwachukwu discusses commitment status
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