What Hutto all purpose back Chux Nwabuko III lacks in size, he accounts for with explosiveness and versatility.
A 5’6, 155-pound product, Nwabuko was key a cog in the Hippo’s high-powered offense in 2017, which poured on 43 points per game en route to an 11-2 finish and one of the most successful seasons in school history.
“We’re going to capitalize off that and build off of that and go into the season with a lot of confidence,” Nwabuko told Burnt Orange Nation. “We’re highly ranked, seventh in the state, we’re just going to do the best we can to compete.”
Whether it was rushing, receiving, or returning kicks, Nwabuko did a bit of everything. As a junior, Nwabuko amassed 1,773 all purpose yards and 22 touchdowns as the leading rusher (975 yards, 20 touchdowns) in a Hutto backfield headlined by UCLA quarterback commit Chase Griffin.
The productivity is quite clearly there, but Nwabuko lacks the collegiate interest en masse.
“Mainly because of my size,” Nwabuko said. “I just have to go out there and have a way better season. Don’t leave anything on the field and I just have to have some unbelievable numbers,” Nwabuko added of how he can overcome any size concerns and put his name on the map.
The personal goal Nwabuko has in mind is 1,500 rushing yards, 1,000 receiving yards, and 500 yards as a returner.
“I want to have a monster season.”
Texas Tech and Texas State have been in touch, but thus far, Nwabuko’s lone offer stems from Howard University, which is an invitation he expressed tremendous interest in. Similarly, although an offer is yet to come, the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio has also expressed interest in the multi-sport talent, who said “that would be the dream” if he were able to play football and baseball at the next level, which is something he and Incarnate Word have discussed.
“That would be great and my family could come see me play,” Nwabuko said of potentially playing much closer to home in San Antonio.
Meanwhile, as his final season of high school football nears, Nwabuko is focused on development. Often training alongside him with his father, Chux Nwabuko II, is talents such as five-star Ohio State wide receiver pledge Garrett Wilson, four-star Texas wide receiver target Elijah Higgins, and three-star Baylor wide receiver commit Jaylen Ellis, and when it comes to footwork, more times than not, Nwabuko is the best of the bunch.
“I think I’ve gotten faster and I’m perfecting my craft working with my dad,” Nwabuko said. “My footwork has gotten better. I’m a pretty scrappy player and I’m really fast. I use my speed, my feet, and my quickness to get away,” Nwabuko added.
A three-star prospect, Nwabuko is ranked as the nation’s No. 21 all purpose back, and as the fifth-best all purpose back in Texas, trailing only four-star Texas A&M commit Isaiah Spiller, three-star Frisco Lone Star product Darrin Smith, three-star Illinois pledge Kyron Cumby, and three-star Van Vleck standout De’Mitri Monroe.