Nwachukwu Living a Dream

It's a dream of every Texas high school football player to be a state champion, but only a few players ever earn that coveted title. For senior wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu and his Allen teammates, that dream became a reality when the Eagles defeated Fort Bend Hightower at Reliant Stadium to claim the 5A crown last month.

"I still feel like I'm on cloud nine," Nwachukwu said. "It's been a dream to win the title since our freshman year. The town is appreciative and everybody has been congratulating us. They even renamed the street in front of the school to ‘Allen Eagle Way – 5A State Champs'."

Asked about the key to this year's championship run, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver said it boiled down to the leadership from the senior class and the overall chemistry of the team. During the playoff run, it was clear to observers that Nwachukwu was a focal point on the sidelines with his leadership. The Texas A&M commit discussed his role as a leader and how he developed that status on the team.

"I have great passion for this game and I'm vocal. My teammates see that and it motivates them," Nwachukwu said. "But you earn that every day with every bench press in the weight room and every drill in practice. The guys watch every move you make and you have to lead by example first. That means going hard always and showing them that championships are won off the field with hard work every single day."

Nwachukwu plans to take this same approach to the collegiate level at Texas A&M.

"It's all about passion, and hopefully my passion for the game will wear off on my teammates. I'm going to be the same guy at the next level," Nwachukwu said. "I want to motivate my teammates and get them excited about playing the game."

The Allen product is looking forward to this incoming recruiting class making a difference in turning around the program and establishing a winning attitude within the team. The coaching staff added a pair of state champions from a winning program last year when Trent Hunter and Terrance Frederick from Katy were offered late last year. Nwachukwu and teammate Steven Terrell are two more state champions joining the program while defensive back Colton Valencia made it to the championship game against Allen.

"It's important to have a group of players that knows what it takes to win," Nwachukwu said. "Most of these guys are leaders and they know that hard work in the offseason is the key and carrying those efforts over to the football field and executing is what it takes to be successful. That's easier said than done."

Nwachukwu is looking forward to his official visit to Texas A&M on January 23 where he'll get to meet up with several members of his class. This will likely be his only official visit. Earlier in the fall, the four-star wide receiver had some interest in Oklahoma, and the Sooner staff was making a hard push for his services. However, his focus is now solely on the Aggies.

"I don't think I'm going to visit OU. I'm not sure I'm a fit there," Nwachukwu said. "I'm solid to Texas A&M and I'm ready to get with my class and work with the coaches and players to get the program turned around. I'm visiting on the 23rd with Christine Michael, Chris Henderson, Steven (Terrell), and Colton for sure. There may be some others. I'm looking forward to it."

It will be interesting spending the weekend with Valencia, who battled with Nwachukwu in the state championship game. The two were battling against each other as rivals just three weeks ago, and now they will come together as future teammates on their official visit.

"On the first play of the game, I had to block Colton and I hit him pretty good, and he gave me a big hit back. Yeah, we were talking some out there, but we have great respect for each other and we're both competitors," Nwachukwu said. "He was the best safety I played against all year. He is great at running downhill to make the tackle and he closes well on the ball. He'll have a good career at A&M."

After his official visit and then Signing Day, the talented wide receiver will again start his offseason workouts and prepare for his collegiate career.

"I talked to Coach Jordan just the other day. They want me prepared to compete for a spot," Nwachukwu said. "My goal for the offseason is to improve in every phase of my game. I think receivers can always work on improving their hands and their footwork. As a football player, you always have to push to get better."

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