By Otis Kirk
Arkansas has landed Lackawanna Community College offensive tackle Chibueze Nwanna.
Nwanna, 6-8, 320, made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday.
He took an official visit to Arkansas this past weekend. He was impressed with Arkansas thus leading to today’s verbal commitment. He talked about why he chose Arkansas.
“Because of the people and environment,” Nwanna said. “The fans really love the Razorbacks. Just come here, transition and teammates feel like family.”
Lackawanna is located in Scranton, Pa., and just completed a perfect 11-0 season with a 17-10 win over Arizona Western in the El Toro Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 1. Arkansas’ Dustin Fry, the offensive line coach, was in attendance to watch Nwanna and his teammates win. Fry has made a good impression on Nwanna as has Chad Morris.
“It’s definitely a great relationship,” Nwanna said. “I talk to them almost like four times a week. Whether it’s just saying hello or discussing like how I’m doing during practice during the week when I was playing at school. I think our relationship is very strong.”
Arkansas struggled on the offensive line last season and has made getting help in the Class of 2019 a priority. Nwanna talked about feeling needed at Arkansas where he will enroll next semester.
“I feel very needed,” Nwanna said. “I feel I could come in and make an improvement and get better. I still have a lot of stuff to work on, but I could come in and make improvement, help the team and the team help me. There’s a lot of stuff I don’t know that they can help me also.”
Lackawanna had one of the best offensive lines in junior college last season. Josh Pardini coaches the offensive line for the Falcons and had this tweet on Saturday.
Come play OL at the Lack!
OT @_antboogie 📍Penn State
OT @Bigboizee50 📍Arkansas
OT @DTizzy56 📍Syracuse
OT @mjarrett10 📍Morgan St
OG @OG_55_ 📍Bethune-Cookman
OG @KelvinWatts_ 📍Hampton
OC @TheJeromeBrown 📍IUP#LackLife #OLineU— Josh Pardini (@CoachJPardini) December 8, 2018
Nwanna chose the Hogs over Maryland. He also held offers to Massachusetts, San Diego State, Louisiana Lafayette, East Carolina, Southern Miss, Louisville and Cincinnati. He was offered by the Hogs on July 18. Nwanna is from Hyattsville (Md.) Northwestern.
Arkansas hosted four offensive linemen for an official visit last weekend and now have landed each of them. Iowa Central Community College’s Myron Cunningham committed on Tuesday. Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab’s Dylan Rathcke had committed prior to the visit as had preferred walk-on Andrew Vest from Searcy. Arkansas also has commitments from Tyler (Texas) Robert E. Lee’s Beaux Limmer and Jenks (Okla.) High School’s Brady Latham.
The Razorbacks have 25 public commitments as well as two private ones for this recruiting class. They plan to sign 29 recruits in this class. With the offensive line now in good position, look for Arkansas to try to close out the class with an older quarterback, help at linebacker and in the secondary.
The early signing period is Dec. 19-21.