WACO (June 4, 2013) -- Former Boise State defensive end Sam Ukwuachu, a 2012 freshman All-America from Pearland, Texas, has enrolled at Baylor University and joined head coach Art Briles’ football program.
The 6-foot-4, 222-pound Ukwuachu, was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America team for the Broncos last season. He played in all 13 games for Boise State and started the final 12. Ukwuachu finished 12th on the team with 35 tackles, third with 4.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss, and tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries.
Ukwuachu redshirted the 2011 season in his first year at Boise State. He will sit out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and retain two seasons of eligibility starting in 2014.
As a three-year varsity letterman at Pearland High School, Ukwuachu helped the Oilers win the Texas 5A Division I State Championship in 2010. He was voted second-team all-state as a junior and senior. Ukwuachu received the team’s defensive most valuable player award following his senior season, while totaling 70 tackles and 10 sacks. In that year he also caught 16 passes for 328 yards and five touchdowns under head coach Tony Heath.
Coming out of high school, Ukwuachu was ranked as the 40th-best defensive end recruit in the 2011 class by Scout.com. At the weakside defensive end position, Rivals.com listed Ukwuachu at No. 13 in the country, while the site had him as the 51st-overall prospect in the state of Texas.
Baylor begins its final season at Floyd Casey Stadium with an Aug. 31 game against Wofford.