Uzoma Nwachukwu – Wide Receiver – Texas A&M – 6’0″ – 200 lbs.
Texas vs. Nation Collegiate All Star Game
Uzoma Nwachukwu was born in December of 1990, just as NFL teams were competing for a spot in the playoffs in a year that would eventually belong to the New York Giants. He showed signs of being an athlete at a young age, but perhaps more impressively, he has been a gentle, thoughtful and honest human being for the entirety of his time on Earth. Talked into playing football by a high school counselor, Nwachukwu’s next years consisted of a steady ascent to the top of the Division I college ranks thanks to a head for the game and a tireless work ethic.
A young man of deep faith, Nwachukwu stated early into his college career that he believed playing in the pros one day would depend on two things; the first being him putting together a solid college career and the second being God’s plan for him. Translated from Nigerian, his full name means, “Good road on which the child of God travels.” He now stands on the doorstep of the rest of his life, anxious to see what path NFL scouts will send him on in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft.
Nwachukwu’s older brother Chima gave him something to aim for when he played a starring role in the secondary at Washington State, inspiring Nwachukwu to do whatever he needed to do in high school in order to put himself in the position to play college football at a school with national exposure. Nwachukwu was a versatile force as a high school senior, catching 40 passes for 300+ yards in a possession role while carrying the ball a handful of times in important situations during a championship season. The Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners, Notre Dame Fighting Irish all came calling, but head coach Mike Sherman played an instrumental role in getting Nwachukwu to commit to the Aggies.
He arrived on campus in 2009 ready to make an impact on the team. Again, Nwachukwu caught exactly 40 balls, but his nearly 18-yards-per catch average indicated that he’d grown from a possession receiver into a big-play threat thanks to the coaching staff at Texas A&M. Nwachukwu put together a very solid junior year where he accounted for exactly 50 catches before freshman sensation and future Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel arrived on scene in 2012 and took the Aggies offense in a new direction. In the run-heavy offense, Nwachkwu caught only 26 passes, but he made the most of each opportunity, cashing seven of them in for touchdowns, including an 89-yarder.
Wideout is obviously a position that some professional players don’t reach their prime at until well into their 20s, and the progression of Nwachukwu over the last handful of years suggests that he is only half way toward fulfilling his full potential. If and when he is drafted in April, NFL coaches will certainly be able to take advantage of his impressive skill set and tireless work ethic in order to turn him into a valuable piece of a team. Nwachukwu was a favorite of his Texas A&M teammates, along with being a positive force in the locker room and in the local charity scene.