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Player: George Uko

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Hometown: Chino (Don Lugo), CA

Position: DT

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 285 lbs.

40 time: 5.16

Scholarships offered: California, USC, LSU, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA, Washington

Rivals: :star :star :star :star 5.8 #15 DT Rivals 250

Big Red Report: :star :star :star :star :star #3 DT

ESPN: 78

 

Assessing the talent: From Rivals article on National Underclassmen combine (April 2008):

The DL MVP went to sophomore George Uko of Don Lugo High School. Uko (6 feet 3 1/2 and 283 pounds) is an absolute powerhouse and is destined to be a DI defensive tackle. He also has a 100" reach, 5.21 40, 5.19 shuttle, 21-inch vertical, and 15 reps on 185 pounds.

 

Odds: 5%

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He also has a 100" reach.

 

Is this wingspan? If so that is one of the biggest that I have ever heard of. That is crazy.

what's the freaks wingspan? i know it's un godly large.

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THAT kid is imposing, whoa!

100 inch wingspan is impossible. That is a measurement of his standing reach. He places his hands above his head and it basically means his height (close to 80 inches) plus his arms another 20+ inches over his head is his reach. Not an immensely important measurable.

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THAT kid is imposing, whoa!

100 inch wingspan is impossible. That is a measurement of his standing reach. He places his hands above his head and it basically means his height (close to 80 inches) plus his arms another 20+ inches over his head is his reach. Not an immensely important measurable.

 

It is a measurable that matters for D-Lineman that have to get their hands up and disrupt the passing game.

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Well, except that Suh will be gone by the time Uko would get here.

 

I just noticed we're on his favorites. How freakin' awesome is that?

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Suh will not be the last great D lineman at NU. I think we have a few now that will have GREAT carreers! I would love to see this kid be part of that. The Blackshirts will dominate again!

 

:horns2:horns2:horns2:horns2

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With guys like him and Justin Brown, Sione Tiuhalamaka, and Bennie Logan on r board we are showing we are not gonna skimp on the defensive line. Personally, I think a 3* or less kid who gets coached up by Bo can be a hell of a lot better than a lazy 5* who has his mind stuck in the NFL. And for you star gazers out there, I think kids r gonna start to notice guys like Ty, Zach, Pierre, and of course, Suh, and realize that Pelini is a mastermind @ grooming big uglies up front. WE WILL START TO GET R GUYS.

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With guys like him and Justin Brown, Sione Tiuhalamaka, and Bennie Logan on r board we are showing we are not gonna skimp on the defensive line. Personally, I think a 3* or less kid who gets coached up by Bo can be a hell of a lot better than a lazy 5* who has his mind stuck in the NFL. And for you star gazers out there, I think kids r gonna start to notice guys like Ty, Zach, Pierre, and of course, Suh, and realize that Pelini is a mastermind @ grooming big uglies up front. WE WILL START TO GET R GUYS.

 

Of the 3 DL's you mentioned, I don't see a current commit among them. We are in it with all 3, but last I checked none of them are a sure thing. However current commit Randall looks to be a beast and a great find. Needs to redshirt and add some size, but will be a force in 2-3 years. Along with Baker and Toailoa being Redshirt Freshmen this coming year and Crick and Moore still having 3 years left to play, the interior D-Line looks like it will have quality depth going forward. I think we will continue to see this staff make getting 1-2 really good interior D-Lineman a priority each and every year. They are so important to the success of a defense.

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We really need a bigtime DT like Uko. Freaking Texas has already gotten commits from two of our DT-offers. Must be nice to be Mack Brown. Hopefully they're about done at the position and we at-least won't have to worry about fighting them for more DT's.

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We really need a bigtime DT like Uko. Freaking Texas has already gotten commits from two of our DT-offers. Must be nice to be Mack Brown. Hopefully they're about done at the position and we at-least won't have to worry about fighting them for more DT's.

 

 

yeah, now we just have to fight off Florida, LSU, and the PAC 10 :cheers

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The only good thing is that Texas does their damage early. If we're going to miss we're better off finding-out now so we can move-on to other targets.

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The only good thing is that Texas does their damage early. If we're going to miss we're better off finding-out now so we can move-on to other targets.

 

 

Yes, I agree.

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Cali DT is wide open

 

It was a down year for defensive tackles out West but it's shaping up to be a solid year at the position in the class of 2010. One player drawing heavy attention right now is Don Lugo (Chino, Calif.) standout George Uko.

 

Uko will be a three year starter and earned all-league, all-valley and all-state underclass honors by CalHiSports.com a year ago. The lineman racked up 90 tackles, 15 for loss and had five sacks on the season.

 

Early offers have come in from Nebraska and Oregon and the lineman said he's hearing from schools from all over the country.

 

"Yeah, I'm hearing from everyone right now," Uko said. "Right now, I'm wide open and don't have a top five or top 10 list yet. I have no problem leaving the area and will go anywhere to play my college ball. I'm just looking for a place my family thinks is best for me.

 

"Right now, my main goal is to just keep working hard and prove I'm one of the top defensive tackles in the West. It's great to get all this attention and it shows me my hard work is paying off. I know a lot of other players are working hard too so that motivates me to keep working. I want to be the best I can be and just use all the gifts God has given to me."

 

Uko said he plans to camp with USC and UCLA and will also attend the SoCal NIKE Camp in April.

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Sounds like UCLA will be the favorite if they offer.

 

Uko lands SEC offer

 

He hasn't seen it in writing yet, but defensive tackle George Uko (Chino, Calif./ Don Lugo) received an offer from Tennessee earlier in the week.

 

"Yeah, it was funny, someone asked me about that because they read it somewhere and I didn't even know about it," Uko said. "My dad talked to them and they said they were offering me and I'm definitely fired up about that one. I don't know a lot about Tennessee but I'm interested and may take a visit in the fall. I'm still waiting on UCLA to offer as well. I was at practice yesterday and that was cool. We talked about an offer and they said they want me to camp with them and said I still have something to prove to them."

 

"Right now, I'm not sure what I'll do. I honestly don't know what I have to prove to them still but I'm thinking about it. I'm going to the Nike Camp next weekend and will also attend the USC Rising Stars camp in the summer."

 

Nebraska, Arizona, Oregon and Arizona State have also offered.

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From Husker Journal. Let's get this kid! We need his addition to the Big Red!

 

APRIL 21, 2009. PREP STAR

GEORGE UKO, DL, 6-4, 280, 4.93, CHINO (LUGO), CALIFORNIA

 

Uko has offers from Colorado, Tennessee, Oregon, Nebraska, Arizona and Arizona State

 

“I don’t know much about Colorado but I’m trying to find out about them.” Uko said, “I heard they have Coach Hawkins over there and I know they are coming up program. Colorado is pretty cold but the weather doesn’t matter to me, I’ll probably take a visit out there maybe.”

 

Family Ties In Arizona

 

“I have family that lives in Arizona. My grandmother and grandfather are from Arizona. My uncle Ted played on Arizona’s football team. All my aunts and one of my grandma’s went to Arizona State.” Uko said

 

I’ll probably take a (unofficial) trip to Arizona because they are pretty close to me and Arizona State,” Uko said, “One of my friends Andre Pickins plays at Arizona State and he likes it a lot.”

 

Like Cool Weather

 

“I like the cool weather at Oregon it’s not a factor in my decision or anything like that and I like how they are crazy about football like Nebraska is.” Uko said

 

“I heard Oregon is really nice out there and everything. Coach Osborne is really nice he has been recruiting me for a while.” Uko added

 

Best Defensive Coordinator Ever Walked

 

“I’ll probably take a visit out there (Tennessee).” Uko said, “I like the coaching staff a lot. I like how they brought Monte Kiffin in he’s one of the best defensive coordinators that’s ever walked. I liked how Albert Haynesworth played at Tennessee and how he did in the NFL and they could do something like that with me.”

 

Husker’s First To Offer

 

“Nebraska was my very first offer,” Uko said, “It happened even before my junior season. They (verbal) offered me like during spring (2008). I went to school one day and one of my friends told me how he was in the football office and told me I had an offer from Nebraska. I was surprised to get an offer from them. They (Nebraska) never really contacted me and I really didn’t really know anything. I was really happy about it (offer) I told my parents and my mom took me out to dinner and stuff.”

 

“Nebraska’s offer means a lot because they were the first people to offer and to notice me before anyone else did. Nebraska knew about me from the start. They knew I was something big and took their chances on me and no else wanted to follow. I didn’t get another offer until after the football season.” Uko said

 

“Nebraska coaches like me a lot. I’m one of their top players up here. I like how much they win, Nebraska has something like five national championships, I like that a lot.” Uko said

 

Football Crazy

 

“I like Nebraska’s tradition where everyone is football. I hear they are football crazy. The coaches tell me all everyone cares about is football.” Uko added

 

USC To Offer Soon

 

“I’ll probably go to USC’s spring game,” says Uko, “USC will probably offer me when I go to their camp. They didn’t indicate it (offer) but I’m pretty sure they will, USC said they want to see me play live and they want to see me at the camp.”

 

“USC is recruiting me hard now,” Uko said, “They weren’t at first but now they are looking at film and they are on me pretty hard, like I’m one of their top recruits, and one of the top defensive lineman in the state.”

 

“I saw a USC practice a couple days ago and I liked how they run their practices and everything. I like how Pete Carroll is fired up and how he is with the players.” Uko said

 

Looking At Other Teams

 

“I’m sending films out to LSU and Oklahoma. LSU seems like they will offer, probably both of them. I will probably visit them if I get offers. I just talked to LSU and they asked me my interest level and stuff. They didn’t want to offer someone this far away just to get an offer and not thinking about going there. Some kids want to get offers just to say they got one.” Uko said

 

Conditioning

 

“I try to work out every day,” says Uko, “It’s a lot of fun me and my friend use this SPARQ parachute. We only have one parachute but we are going to move it up to two or three. When you use the parachute a few times you can feel the difference with the weight pulling back adds resistance, helps you gain speed. We run 40’s with it about seven times.”

 

“I’m trying to get on the field soon as I can. Arizona said I probably can come in and start. Most PAC 10 schools say I could come in and play early. At Tennessee I haven’t really asked them about it. USC I think I will have to sit out a year but use they need a three technique tackle.” “I also want to go where the players are like my personality and I probably will fit in with the coaches.” Uko added

 

Decision Time

 

“I’m going to take all my trips and everything, sit down with my parents and see what they think. I will make a decision from that and commit on signing date.” Uko said

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More on Uko:

 

http://blogs.whittierdailynews.com/tribpreps/

So you have had enough of the Scouting Guru? How about getting JC Shurbutt of ESPN's take on Saturday's Scouting Combine at USC. Upland quarterback Josh Nunez was mentioned on his list of top offensive returning players. On his top list of defensive players, he singled out Don Lugo lineman George Uko.

 

Uko is a pretty interesting player. As you watch him you never really know what you will see or get from play-to-play. In one instance you will see him beat everyone off the ball and crash the backfield. In another you will see him make a nice quick move and blow by a blocker. On another you can see him get tall and absorb a block yet on the next you will see him just dominate the man in front of him but possibly not notice the ball carrier go right by him. All that being said the kid shows some flashes, but needs to find some consistency. He has solid size and looks on film to have the frame to add more good bulk. More at http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/...cruitId%3d70009

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<_<

Bears offer Uko

 

Friday, May 22, 2009

 

Posted by Greg Biggins

With the recent news that defensive tackle Cassius Marsh (Westlake Village, Calif./ Oaks Christian) was backing off his commitment to Cal, the Bears didn't waste much time in offering another talented tackle from the Golden State.

 

George Uko (Chino, Calif./ Don Lugo) has offers from all over the country and picked up his first in-state offer from the Bears earlier in the week.

 

"I have a lot of interest in Cal," Uko said. "Tosh Lupoi is recruiting me and I like him a lot. I haven't set up what schools I'll visit in the summer other than Oregon in mid June, but Cal is one school I'm interested in checking out."

 

Uko said he's also finalizing his summer camp plans and knows he'll camp at USC for the Rising Stars Camp for starters.

 

"USC is recruiting me very hard right now," Uko said. "They said if I go and do well there, they'll offer me and that's what I'm planning to do. I know they're going to have a lot of talent so it should be a great camp.

 

"I'm not sure if I'll camp at UCLA because they're not recruiting me that hard right now. I might try and go late because I take the SAT that day and they're still one of my top schools despite not having an offer from them. I kept thinking they would be one of my first offers, but they want to see me in camp so I'll see if I can get out there for that."

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I think we have an uphill recruiting battle with Oregon for him, seeing who's recruiting him for Oregon according to Rivals ;). Someone pointed it out on another board, I thought it was kind of funny.

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I think we have an uphill recruiting battle with Oregon for him, seeing who's recruiting him for Oregon according to Rivals ;). Someone pointed it out on another board, I thought it was kind of funny.

 

Hahaha

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hes not coming to nebraska, i wrote him a message on myspace. lol i know hes not, hes a cocky guy, wants to go somewhere big, not a "corn-only" place.. . we can forget about him, no use in wasting out time

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hes not coming to nebraska, i wrote him a message on myspace. lol i know hes not, hes a cocky guy, wants to go somewhere big, not a "corn-only" place.. . we can forget about him, no use in wasting out time

 

Are you tring to get the Huskers an NCAA violation you are not to contact possible recruits.

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hes not coming to nebraska, i wrote him a message on myspace. lol i know hes not, hes a cocky guy, wants to go somewhere big, not a "corn-only" place.. . we can forget about him, no use in wasting out time

 

Are you tring to get the Huskers an NCAA violation you are not to contact possible recruits.

 

:yeah

 

Message from the Nebraska Athletic Department Compliance Staff:

 

On behalf of the University of Nebraska student-athletes, we are so thankful to have your support as we continue to build championship teams in every sport.

 

Because of the ease in which people communicate online with each other today, we thought an educational message is appropriate to clear up any confusion that exists about contacting recruits.

 

NCAA rules and regulations are complex to say the least, but one area that is completely straightforward is fan communication with recruits. If any fans, boosters, alumni (or any other supporters) of Nebraska has any contact (e.g., in-person, instant message, text message, e-mail, fax, etc.) whatsoever with a recruit there are could be serious consequences such as:

 

The University of Nebraska would have an NCAA violation to report to the NCAA enforcement staff;

The recruit would become ineligible to participate in athletics at Nebraska, and before any of our coaches could continue to contact the recruit, we would have to rule him/her ineligible and then seek reinstatement through the NCAA office; and

The fan/booster/alumni involved could jeopardize their standing with the University of Nebraska athletic department.

 

We know that fans of Nebraska are the most dedicated and supportive in the country so please if you have any questions about NCAA rules, contact our office at anytime at 402.472.2042 or e-mail compliance@huskers.com

 

Thank you for helping Nebraska Athletics stand by our building blocks of TRADITION, TEAMWORK, and INTEGRITY.

 

Josh White

Director of Compliance

University of Nebraska

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