This Is How You Say It

Ianello paid Nwachukwu a visit last week.

Charlie Weis has had his fair share of tongue-twister names on his team before, and the fourth-year Notre Dame head coach is hoping to add another in the recruiting class of 2009.

Weis and the Irish have their eye on Uzoma Nwachukwu, a four-star receiver from Allen, Texas that they offered a scholarship in early April.

When the recruiting evaluation period began a couple weeks ago, the Notre Dame coaching staff was the first program to get in touch with the 6-foot, 186-pound Nwachukwu, who is sporting around 15 scholarship offers.

Weis made Nwachukwu pronounce his name four or five times over the phone. It was the two's second conversation since the offer.

"He just wanted to get my name down," Nwachukwu laughed. "I had to say it and everything. He was talking about his old safety, (Chinedum Ndukwe), he was talking about having to learn that name and things like that."

For the record, it's Ooh-zama Watch-a-koo.

Playing opposite five-star receiver and Texas signee Dan Buckner this past season at Allen High, Nwachukwu had 22 receptions for 335 yards and six touchdowns. He has been clocked at 4.39 in the 40-yard dash, and besides Notre Dame holds scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona State, Washington State and Louisville.

Nwachukwu and Weis got a chance to talk extensively.

"He was just talking about how Notre Dame is just a good academic school and how they'll utilize me in the offense, and it's a great chance to play early. He was just stressing academics and things like that."

Notre Dame receivers coach Rob Ianello was stressing much of the same things.

"He said they could use me up there right now, and they need me a whole lot, and just that I'd be a great fit in their offense," Nwachukwu said. Ianello also went by Allen High last week to see him.

"They've talked about putting me in the slot and running reverses and screens to me, and I'll be a deep threat with my speed. They said they'll utilize me a whole bunch in the offense."

That total package has Nwachukwu excited and holding the Irish in high regard at this juncture in the recruiting process.

"I'm beginning to really narrow them down, but I don't have a list as of right now, but it's still a work in progress," Nwachukwu said. "Notre Dame is definitely going to be one of the top two schools. I think they're in there with places like A&M and Oklahoma and places like that."

Nwachukwu is planning on seeing the Irish campus for the first time on June 16th. He will more than likely make the trip with his mother and brother Chima, who started all 12 games as a freshman corner for Washington State this past fall.

"Coach Ianello said when I come down for my unofficial visit, it's going to be real relaxed and fun and the players are going to be there so I can talk to them."

As of right now, Nwachukwu also has plans to make it back to Texas A&M, and also check out Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. He hopes to be verbally committed somewhere by the end of summer.

Notre Dame is hoping for another unique name on the roster.

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