Freshman All-American defensive end transferring to Baylor
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]wo weeks after he was dismissed from the Boise State team, defensive end Sam Ukwuachu says he will continue his college career back in his home state of Texas.
The Pearland, Texas native will transfer Baylor, and plans to report on June 3. Baylor coaches cannot comment until he enrolls.
“Baylor was my best option. It’s close to home,” Ukwuachu told SicemSports.com. “It’s a good program. (Chris Petersen) really helped me to where I wanted to go. Things just didn’t work out up there.”
Ukwuachu (6-4, 232) appeared in all 13 of Boise State’s games last season, starting the last 12. He totaled 35 tackles (16 solo), including seven tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, and was named Freshman All-America by the Football Writers Association of America.
After a recent visit to Waco, he chose the Bears over Florida and Utah.
Ukwuachu will likely have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules, and would have two years to play two after that. Baylor’s starting defensive ends Terrance Lloyd and Chris McAllister are both seniors, and he sees an opportunity.
“I know walking around (the athletic facilities) that Baylor has more than what Boise did,” he said. “There’s definitely a lot more money that goes into their football program.
“If I have to sit I’ve done it before. But I’m going to be bigger and stronger. It will all be worth it.”