Since the hiring of Brennan Marion, the Pitt football program has a clear plan of attempting to heavily recruit the talent-rich states of California and Texas.
One of the ways Marion is attempting to make an impact is to make contact and have Pitt be one of, if not the first, programs to offer some of the young talent in these states. While they’ll be much competition to land some of these elite players he’s attempting to land, recruiting them early gives him a couple years to work on developing a relationship with these players.
All of Marion’s offers haven’t been just to freshman and sophomores, as he recently extended an offer to a running back, which became his second Power Five offer.
Che Nwabuko (5-foot011, 175 pounds) is a 2022 running back from Manor High School in Manor, Texas, who has also been offered by both Kansas and Old Dominion. It’s not hard to figure out what Marion’s attraction is with Nwabuko, as he possesses tremendous speed and is a big play threat every time he touches the ball.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Nwabuko to learn more about him and his thoughts on the offer from Pitt.
“My recruiting process is actually pretty good and the coaches I’ve talked with all love my speed. I’m just trying to be very patient about it but I was glad to get the news from Pitt,” Nwabuko told PSN. “I first heard from Pitt as they followed my on Twitter and then started to reach out with messages. Then I was at my track meet and I called my dad after and he told me that Pitt called him and offered me. Coach Marion said that he was impressed with my speed and overall game and that he wants me up there because I could be a big asset to the team. I was really excited because getting an offer from them is really big.”
Nwabuko is a running with the ability to be used as a runner as well as a threat as a receiver out of the backfield. Last season, he rushed the ball 44 times for 471 yards, as well as catching 42 passes for 700 yards. All together, he averaged 181.7 total yards per game and 13.97 yards per touch.
“I’m in my zone…” #CNtime
* 7 games in 2020
• 42 catches – 700 yards receiving
• 44 rushes – 471 rushing yards
• 1,272 all purpose yards
• 91 total touches
• 9 TDs
• 181.7 yards per game
• 13.97 yards per touch
— Che Nwabuko 📍 (@CheNwabuko1) December 10, 2020
“I consider myself as an all-around player that can do it all,” said Nwabuko. “I can catch the ball, I can run the ball anytime and have no problem lining up in the backfield or as a receiver in the slot. Most of the coaches that I’m talking with like me as a running back and love my speed.
“I started running track in seventh grade and kept running really fast so I kept doing it. Then my junior year, I busted a 10.6 in the 100 meter dash and 21.9 in the 200 meter, which was really exciting. I believe that as my times get better and better, I can and have been able to transfer this speed over to the football field and when I get in the open field, I’m able to breakaway from the defender.”
Nwabuko told PSN that he’s in the process of talking with his father and 7-on-7 coach about some visits he’d like to make during the summer. He recently was checking out the Pitt campus and Heinz Field on his phone and says it’s a place that he’d love to come visit at some point and learn more about what the Pitt football program is about.