Che Nwabuko ran a 10.44 100-meter dash as a junior at Manor High School in Texas, ranking as one of the top high schoolers in the state. That’s less than half a second off Olympic qualifying speed.
As a Pitt signee, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound four-star wide receiver from Manor, Nwabuko decided to stay in Texas and compete in track & field before arriving at Pitt this summer. It’s already paying off. In Nwabuko’s most recent meet, he shattered his 100-meter personal record with a blazing 10.23 at the Texas Relays.
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Nwabuko, who will play football and continue his track & field career at Pitt, will immediately enter Pitt’s football program as one of, if not the fastest players in program history. With legitimate track speed and quickness, he’s carved out an excellent football career at Manor.
Nwabuko racked up nearly 1,300 yards on the ground (at just under eight and a half yards per attempt) and nearly 1,600 yards through the air (at just over 16 yards per reception), and he emerged as a No. 1 wide receiver in his senior season — hauling in a team-leading 739 yards and eight touchdowns on 45 receptions in 2021.
Nwabuko will immediately enter into a loaded wide receivers room at Pitt, one that could challenge for the best in college football, but his speed is a weapon that will be able to be utilized in almost countless ways in Frank Cignetti Jr.’s offense.
“Once I get up there, I’m just gonna work real hard to get a spot in that starting lineup,” Nwabuko told PSN in January. “I know they’re gonna use me in a lot of different ways, especially using my speed. Using me with jet sweeps, passes on the outside, just trying to use that speed on the field.”
247Sports rates Nwabuko as the 47th-ranked wide receiver and the 49th-ranked recruit from Texas in the class. Rivals hasn’t rated Nwabuko, but he’s earned a 5.5 Rivals rating.
Along with early enrollee Addison Copeland, who’s slowly integrating into Pitt’s system this spring, Pitt’s 2022 recruiting class haul of wide receivers already flashes potential. With the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner in Jordan Addison on the roster and a deep, talented group of guys who will see the field in 2022, new wide receivers coach Tiquan Underwood has nearly limitless options ahead of him.