January 4, 2009

Thunder Ridge back is a Ram

The Colorado State depth chart got a little deeper at the running back position this week with the commitment of Thunder Ridge High School back Chris Nwoke. The 6-foot, 208-pounder rushed for 1,611 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. During his high school career Nwoke ran for 3,669 yards and found the end zone 36 times.

He chose Colorado State over scholarship offers from fellow Mountain West Conference schools Wyoming, New Mexico and Air Force.

"It feels good," Nwoke said of his commitment. "I am excited. Hopefully I can get stronger and faster to get ready for the season. Colorado State has really made sure I know they wanted me and I know I can make an impact there."

Nwoke said he called the CSU coaching staff to commit this week and was greeted by excitement from CSU offensive coordinator Greg Peterson as well as head coach Steve Fairchild.

"I could be an impact player there," Nwoke said. "I have to go in there and compete for my position, but I am a dominant athlete and can go in and compete for a position. They (CSU) wanted me on their team and they are a special team because they won a bowl game in their coaches' first year."

Nwoke, who plans on majoring in business, also did some tremendous work academically where he posted a 3.0 grade point average and a 28 on his ACT.

The Thunder Ridge runner had said he wanted to wait until his mother returned from Nigeria to talk to her about a commitment to CSU, but changed his mind when her schedule changed. Instead, phone conversations helped him convince his parents Fort Collins was the place for him.

"I talked to her a lot on the phone over the holiday," Nwoke said. "We talked about it as a family and they (parents) were really excited. They thought it was the best decision for me. It is a DI program, I can get a good education and not everything there revolves around football."

Despite his commitment, Nwoke said he may take a visit to Wyoming this weekend, "just to see the campus," and use more than one of his official visits.

In addition to his trip to Laramie, Nwoke said he plans in running track this spring. Nwoke owns a personal best time of 10.9 in the 100, but feels he should have a far better time this year.

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