December 25, 2008

Johnson's performance impresses Nwoke

Colorado State may get a signature on the dotted line in February, thanks in part to the fact they are returning their entire offensive line. Thunder Ridge High School (Col.) running back Chris Nwoke lists Colorado State at the top of choices for colleges, but is beginning to hear from some new schools. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder from Highlands Ranch, Col. has three scholarship offers currently.

Bowling Green has recently jumped into the fray - though they are without a head coach - while Wyoming and New Mexico are also picking up the frequency of their calls in an effort to get Nwoke on-campus for visits.

Perhaps some of the best recruiting of Nwoke came last Saturday when Colorado State running back Gartrell Johnson ran for 289 yards and caught passes for another 90 in Colorado State's 45-30 win over Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl.

"That was real good," Nwoke said of the Johnson performance. "Especially given the fact the whole o-line is coming back. He (Johnson) is a good back. He is a complete back and I can see myself doing that."

Nwoke said he also got a call from the Ram coaches just after the New Mexico Bowl win and it really stood out to him that Colorado State has a high level of interest in him.

"I like the way the coaches treat me," Nwoke said. "They treat me like I am one of their number one prospects. They called me right after they won the New Mexico Bowl. Coach Fairchild called and talked to me too. They treat me like family and I am wanted there. That is the real thing."

Nwoke added that he is getting more phone calls from a pair of coaches new to the Mountain West Conference - Mike Locksley of New Mexico and Wyoming's Dave Christiansen. Nwoke said Wyoming is sending a lot of handwritten letters as well as another offer letter. The Wyoming coaches are also trying to get him to Laramie for a visit on Jan. 9.

"Coach Christiansen is a good guy," Nwoke said. "He wants to get down to business and change up the offense. He wants to get a no-huddle, spread offense. They want to change the offense immediately and they don't want me to redshirt. They want me to hop on and do all I can. Same thing with New Mexico - they have maybe a junior running back and a couple freshman, but they want me also to come compete for a starting position. They are changing to a spread too."

The Thunder Ridge offense is an I-set attack with pitches and a lot of counter action. Nwoke said he thinks he can adapt to a spread, but does enjoy the downhill running style of the Colorado State attack.

For Nwoke, the process right now includes a visit with the family, which will convene once his mother returns from Nigeria. He added he wasn't sure if he was going to take all of his allotted official visits or not.

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