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New Jersey Running Back Commits


Coaches Andy Talley and Mark Ferrante got their second verbal commitment for the Class of 2017.

The news of Chris Chukwuneke‘s commitment to Villanova arrived on Thursday. A rising senior at St. John-Vianney High School (N.J.), Chukwuneke was one of the main runningbacks in a Lancer offense that used various personnel to get the rushing attack done.

The 4.45 second 40-yard dash speedster had 58 carries for 574 yards and 10 touchdowns through eight regular season games this past year.

He is a threat to pick up big yardage when he is able to find daylight and open space. Chukwuneke is a quick, explosive back and will look to leave opposing defenses on the backburner.

The 5-10, 180 pound running back selected Villanova over a number of FCS offers. Fellow CAA schools Maine, New Hampshire, Delaware, and Albany also gave him a scholarship offer, as did Wagner, Robert Morris, and Monmouth. He was also received some interest from a handful of FBS schools.

Chukwuneke received an offer to play for the Wildcats in late May. His commitment is the second after quarterback Kyle McCloskey did so over a week ago.

By the time he arrives to campus, All-CAA First Teamer Gary Underwood would have already graduated. The same goes for senior Javon White, who should be the feature back this coming fall. There is also Matt Gudzak, a junior who has gotten some experience over the last couple of years. Sophomore Aaron Forbes and redshirt freshman D’Andre Pollard will also be returning. Newcomers Corey Russo (Bergen Catholic, N.J.) and Justin Covington (Cardinal Hayes, N.Y.) will make their debuts this season.

Check out his highlights here: Chris Chukwuneke’s Highlights




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Eugene Rapay '16 created "The Bench Mob" in November 2013. He joined the Villanova Times in 2012 as a writer. A Westchester, NY native, who will bring top quality coverage of all things Villanova sports.


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