Cougs target another Nwachukwu

WASHINGTON STATE has offered the brother of CB Chima Nwachukwu, who started all 12 games as a true freshman in the Cougar secondary last year. The competition is considerable for Uzoma Nwachukwu, a wide receiver with serious speed and who is fast racking up the scholarship offers. And it is the next few months that could go a long way in deciding his college future.

Nwachukwu (6-0, 186, 4.38) out of Allen, Texas, plans on making a verbal commitment sooner rather than later. That could put Washington State at a disadvantage as it would come before the official visit season -- and it will be easier to go on unofficial visits this spring and summer at a school that is closer to home.

"I'm definitely gong to try and get it done before my senior season so I can focus on that -- and probably, I would like to get it done by the end of the spring," said Nwachukwu. "But I know I can't take any (official) visits so maybe by the end of the summer or by the time of my first game. But most definitely I want to do it before the start of my senior season."

Recruiting in earnest for the 2009 class has just begun but Nwachukwu has already been in contact with several members of the WSU staff.

"It's not really one coach I'm talking to, I'm mainly talking to the whole coaching staff," he said. "I've talked to their offensive line coach, the head coach a little bit, the receivers coach a little bit, it's not just one coach."

BECAUSE OF ALLEN's football schedule last season, Nwachukwu was unable to travel to Pullman to see his brother play and has not yet seen the Pullman campus. He does, however, hold fond memories of their time together on the prep gridiron.

"Playing with my brother was a good experience when he was a senior and I was a sophomore, running out of the tunnel with him and everything like that," said Nwachukwu. "They (WSU) have a pretty good offense going in down there and I know they're going to need some receivers. So there's always that possibility I could go back and play with him again.

"My brother is a good player, he's real strong and he can really tackle. Luckily he didn't tackle me too much, but I tend to think I'm faster than him so I think I have the upper hand on that one."

Nwachukwu said distance will not play a major role in his decision.

"With location, it's more about the family aspect (in a program) and if you have people up there you already know, I don't think it matters that much," said Nwachukwu.

IN LINE FOR unofficial trips this spring and likely coinciding with a school's spring ball session for Nwachukwu are nearby schools like Arkansas, Texas Tech and TCU.

He's already been to Texas A&M for a junior day event and the Aggie area recruiter, running backs coach Randy Jordan, was one he mentioned as making a connection with.

Schools including Washington State are recruiting Nwachukwu as a receiver, but have also talked about incorporating him as a ballcarrier -- be it through fly sweeps, reverses, or even lining up in the backfield -- to take advantage of his speed.

Nwachukwu's personal best in the 40 is 4.38.

"The ones I know of (who have offered) are Texas A&M, TCU, Missouri, Arkansas, I think Oklahoma, Arizona, Vanderbilt, Kansas and Washington State. One thing I'm really looking for is immediate playing time," said Nwachukwu, who also mentioned team chemistry as high on his list.

SPEED ISN'T THE only reason Washington State and other schools have offered Nwachukwu early in the recruiting season. His personal best on the bench press is 315 pounds, and Nwachukwu said college coaches who have offered have talked to him about how they like his blocking, physicality and athleticism out on the field.

He also sports a 41-inch vertical.

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