Pearland HS DE Samuel Ukwuachu (Pearland, TX) took his official visit to Boise State two weeks ago…
Versatile Ukwuachu Sold on Boise
This season, the Pearland (TX) football team wanted to come out and make a statement. And that was, we are here to bring the heat and make some noise. Mission accomplished. This past Friday, the Pearland team capped off an undefeated regular season after a 62-23 rout of district rival Alvin. One of the many players who were key in this win was defensive end Samuel Ukwuachu. Though the defense started a bit slow on this night, Ukwuachu said that they pulled it all together at the right time. "Our defense felt like we needed to come out with intensity. And we started a little slow, but I felt we all did our jobs," Ukwuachu said. In the win, unofficially, Ukwuachu had six tackles and a sack. With the Pearland team having talent in several positions, it seems as though the 6-foot-5, 203-pound Ukwuachu can focus on the position he will play on the college level. But, it does not hurt for him to have the versatility to line up in multiple positions. "I think that being able to play wide receiver and defensive end will help me a lot. It shows my talent to be able to do a lot of things," Ukwuachu said. "It makes me an overall athlete and will be good for when I get to college." It was early June when Ukwuachu decided that Boise State was going to be the place where he would attend college and play football. And aside from having a nationally ranked team and an academic situation that suits Ukwuachu, there were a few other factors that went into the decision. "I just felt real comfortable there. I have a good relationship with the coaches and the it is surrounded by a nice town," Ukwuachu said. "It is a good, small town and not a lot going on there. Doesn't seem like a lot of trouble goes on there. And I feel like I can play there." Agreed. And obviously, the Bronco coaches think so too. Ukwuachu said the initial plan is to use him as a defensive end, or the stud position as Boise State calls it. Ukwuachu explained. "I will be playing the ‘stud' position, which is basically a stand up defensive end. At this position you rush the passer," Ukwuachu said. "Sometimes, I even drop into coverage. I may be in a position like and inside or outside linebacker. Something like what Demarcus Ware does." And that works for Ukwuachu who loves getting after the opponents on the pass rush. But overall, Ukwuachu feels like the decision to be a part of the Bronco program is a great decision. Even in the midst of the BCS to non-BCS arguments, Ukwuachu said that one thing remains the same. "I like how the team just plays hard and does not let the BCS confusion get to them. It really doesn't affect their game," Ukwuachu said. "They just remain focused. Week in and week out, they get better. I feel good knowing that I am growing program that continues to grow in popularity and exposure."
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