Columbus senior defensive end and three-star UM commit Josh Uche turned heads on Tuesday when he announced that he received an offer from Alabama.
Blessed to have received an offer from the University of Alabama 🐘 pic.twitter.com/cvTBWuMrLX— Uche (@Uche_Josh20) July 14, 2015
Uche came to expect it as Alabama was showing plenty of interest leading up to Tuesday when he was offered personally by coach Nick Saban at an Alabama camp.
While honored by the offer, the 6-2,216-pound weak-side defensive end remains solid to Miami right now.
"I'm strong on my Miami commitment, but you never know," Uche says. "There's nobody that doesn't have a chance. I appreciate every offer."
The Hurricanes are special to him because they offered him at a time when he only had offers from Marshall and Bowling Green.
"They were my first big offer, the first team to really take a chance on me, so I really liked that," Uche says.
Since UM offered and he committed in March, Uche has received offers from USF, Syracuse, Minnesota and now Alabama.
Georgia and North Carolina are other schools Uche says are currently showing interest the same way Alabama was right before the Crimson Tide offered.
Asked to assess himself as a player, Uche said, "I'm very versatile as a player. I can do anything as long as you teach it to me the right way because I have the speed and I'm smart enough to pick things up. You can put me anywhere you want, and I'll excel at that position."
Columbus keeps Uche strictly at defensive end. The Hurricanes currently are recruiting him as a hybrid defender between rush end and Sam linebacker.
Uche grew up a Hurricane fan, especially when he was really young and UM was the first program to play in all four BCS bowl games in the early 2000s. Ironically enough, he began to like Alabama as he got into middle school, looking up to Mark Ingram at running back.
So Uche has offers from two of his all-time favorite teams growing up.
Here are Uche's highlights: