Pearland's Sam Ukwuachu Impresses

The Pearland Oilers finished the 2008 season with a district crown, 12-1 record, and were a state region finalist, but the Oilers must replace 2,000 yard rusher Kasey Carrier and defensive stalwart Jarrad Stewart. The Oilers should that they just may be able to do it after finishing second in the Consolation Bracket of the state 7 on 7 tournament. Junior-to-be Sam Ukawuachu stood out.

The Pearland Oilers rolled through District 22-5A undefeated in 2008 on the legs of Kasey Carrier (New Mexico) and a staunch defense led by Jarrad Stewart (Utah).

This season, the Oilers will likely still be the favorite to win the district but it will with a different cast of players with only eight starters returning. After an impressive showing at the state 7on7 tournament in College Station this weekend, one player that is certain to step to the forefront for the Oilers is Sam Ukawuachu.

The 6-4, 197-pounder played wide receiver at the tournament, but will also contribute at defensive end for the Oilers. He's blessed with very long arms and the frame to carry 240 or more pounds down the line.

"I play defensive end and receiver. I like receiver better, but the coaches don't have any big DEs, so they but me there to get some speed on the pass rush. I played as a sophomore last year in the Hightower game and had a sack," said Ukawuachu.

As far as a position preference at the next level, Ukawuachu, his teammates call him "UK" for short, will play wherever his coaches want to line him up, so long as it is on the field.

"I'll play wherever they want me to. I don't care (at what position), I just love playing football. I'm going to play wherever they want me to play," Ukawuachu commented. "I don't want to redshirt. I just want to play. I don't want to be on the sidelines."

Since Ukawuachu did not play too much on varsity as a sophomore, he is a bit off the radar for most recruiting fans, but not anymore. Expect all of the region's top programs to visit the south-Houston school. Ukawuachu did not attend any camps this summer, but he does have some schools in mind.

"I like (the schools that are) close to home – Texas, Texas A&M. And Arkansas, because they play true freshman. And Oklahoma," Ukawuachu added.

Keep an eye on this fast rising prospect. Most college programs like him at defensive end right now, but tight end may not be out of the question.


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