Uzoma Nwachukwu, the 6-foot-1, 186-pound four-star wide receiver from Allen, Texas, says he has 36 scholarship offers and plans to make his decision before the end of summer.
"I definitely plan to decide before my season starts," Nwachukwu said. "I want to be able to just relax and play and try to win a championship during the season and not have to worry about recruiting."
Nwachukwu said he now favors Texas A&M slightly over Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska. His top three are A&M, Oklahoma and Notre Dame.
"A&M is close to home (about three hours away), which helps," Nwachukwu said. "They have an all-star coaching staff and they are all from the NFL. They have great experience and know what they are talking about."
Nwachukwu is especially impressed with the Aggies new coach, Mike Sherman. "I grew up in Wisconsin and my favorite team was the Packers, so I like that coach Sherman is at A&M now," he said.
"They are putting in a pro-style offense and will be passing the ball more and they see me as being a big deep threat for them," he said. "I also have a pretty good relationship with (running back) coach Randy Jordan. I talk to him a lot and he's a cool guy."
The Aggies were the first school to offer Nwachuwku and he plans to visit them again on July 2. He says he also plans to visit Oklahoma in July as well.
"I really like the offense at Oklahoma," he said. "They are going to be doing a lot more hurry up, no huddle offense and they are losing their top three wide receivers, so it'll be a wide open competition for the spots."
Nwachukwu also says he has a great relationship with Sooners (wide receiver) coach Jay Norvell. "I like him a lot," he said. "We have a good relationship and he's a real smart coach."
Although he hasn't scheduled anything yet, Nwachukwu says he'd also like to try and visit Notre Dame this summer. "They are a great program," he said. "Coach Charlie Weis is a great coach and I love the prestige that goes with being Notre Dame. They have great tradition and I can't wait to visit them."
The only camp he attended this summer was at Texas . "I basically went there to show what I can do," Nwachukwu stated. "I wanted to show that I'm an elite receiver. I didn't go there to get recruited by Texas or anything. I just wanted to prove myself."
Nwachukwu feels he did prove himself and got validation from Texas receiver coach Bobby Kennedy. "He told me that he wishes they had seen me earlier," he said. "That felt good."
While Nwachukwu admits that Nebraska isn't in his top three, he says he does like the Huskers new coaches. "I've talked to coach Bo Pelini and he seems like a real down-to-earth guy," he said.
"He's cool and I like that they are rebuilding because it would be great to be a part of that rebuilding process," he said. "It would be nice to help get them back on track."
The school that Nwachukwu says he is most curious about as the 2009 season approaches is Kansas. "I'm dying to see if they can come back and do great again next year," he said. "I'm hoping they don't just flop on their face."
Nwachukwu also has offers from Wisconsin, Arizona, Ole Miss, Purdue, Minnesota, Iowa State and Iowa, among others.
"My mom likes Notre Dame because of their academics and A&M because they are close," he said.
Nwachukwu finished his junior season with 22 receptions for over 300 yards and seven touchdowns. His team finished with a 10-1 record.
"I'm athletic on the field and have a great vertical jump (41-inches)," Nwachukwu said. "I can go up and get the ball and I run crisp routes, but I'd like to get my hands a bit better and improve my endurance. I want to be able to step it up more in the fourth quarter."
Nwachukwu, who benches 320-pounds and squats 515, is also being recruited for track.
He competes in the 200m (21.3) and the high jump (6-8). "I'm only doing football in college," he said.
Nwachukwu reports a 3.6 core GPA and is taking the ACT for the first-time on September 13.