Sacramento (Calif.) American River defensive end Chigozie Nnoruka has signed a National Letter of Intent to UCLA.
Nnoruka, a 6-2, 285-pounder, is what you would completely call a sleeper prospect. He's a freshman at American River, had a great season, and was starting to generate a good deal of recruiting interest from D-1 programs.
Since he was a JC freshman, though, coaches assumed he'd be part of the 2017 class, but it was discovered by UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure that Nnoruka was academically qualified out of high school and eligible to transfer to a four-year.
In fact, as recently the last couple of days, Oklahoma asked the American River coaches about Nnoruka.
He took a secret unofficial vist to UCLA last weekend with his family.
Nnoruka spent most of his life in his native Nigeria, living twice in the United States. He most recently came to the States as a junior in high school and only played one year of high school football. Having so little football experience, playing soccer most of his life, he went the JC route. McClure saw Nnoruka at Sacramento Kennedy High School, and kept in contact with him when he went to American River.
With still very little experience, Nnoruka was named a JC all-region last season.
McClure recognizing that Nnoruka was eligible for a four-year is very similar to what McClure did with JC transfer defensive end and current UCLA starter, Takkarist McKinley, when he was at Contra Costa College.
Nnoruka is a long, mobile athlete with good explosion and strength. He continues to add weight easily and, while he played mostly outside at American River, he could continue to fill out and be better suited as an interior defensive lineman. It's expected that he'd be able to come in and immediately compete to earn a spot on the UCLA two-deep. He's also a teammate of fellow UCLA DL signee Nick Terry.
He'll have four years to play three.