AURORA | Grandview standout running back Chukwuma Obinnah has decided to sign with the Colorado State football team he announced Sunday via his social media accounts.
The 6-foot-1, 218-pound Obinnah racked up 1,590 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Wolves, the Centennial League champions who won their first 12 games of the 2014 season before losing to Valor Christian in the Class 5A state semifinals.
Obinnah took a number of visits to Division I programs, such as Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas State, but chose Colorado State, which is under the leadership of new coach Mike Bobo. The Rams received the commitment of another Aurora standout, Rangeview tight end/defensive lineman Richard King, earlier in the month.
“I’m blessed to say that I’m committed to CSU! I want to thank God, my family, and all my coaches for this opportunity!” Obinnah said via his Twitter account Sunday morning, along with a photo of him wearing a Colorado State jersey and gloves.
The All-Centennial League first team selection played two seasons with Grandview after transferring following an injury-plagued sophomore season as nearby Regis Jesuit.
National Athletic Letter of Intent signing day is Wednesday and Obinnah joins a long list of players for coach John Schultz’s Wolves who are set to play at the next level.
Previously announced commitments for Grandview include Keelan Poole (North Dakota), Keifer Glau (Northern Colorado, where he will also play baseball), Willie Hayes and Morgan Smith (Division II national champion Colorado State-Pueblo), Cody Summers (Washburn University), Ricky Hayes (Colorado Mesa University) and Riley Spriggs (Adams State).
Grandview’s early morning signing ceremony Wednesday also includes baseball player Eric Mingus (Iowa Western C.C.), boys lacrosse player Jake Rosenfeld-Romano (Hendrex College), girls lacrosse players Taylor Ansel (Rhodes College), Caitlynne Blackwell and Nicole Donnelly (both to University of Indianapolis), soccer players Maddie Lesjak (Northern Iowa) and Cristina Salazar (Wyoming), softball players Kat Maynard (Otero J.C.) and Emily Supercynski (Seton Hall), swimmer James Boone (Purdue) and volleyball players Haley McLaren (Oregon), Sarah Mullens (Trinity University) and Katie Patrick (U.S. Naval Academy).
Several athletes have already signed with their respective schools, but will be honored along with their classmates at the signing ceremony.
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