Ole Miss earns commit from James Madison transfer Isaac Ukwu, All-Sun Belt edge rusher
OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss football received another key commitment Friday with a pledge from James Madison transfer defensive end Isaac Ukwu, marking the second commit from a defensive lineman in the last 24 hours.
Nebraska transfer defensive lineman Stephon Wynn committed Thursday.
The 6-foot-3 , 260-pound Ukwu hit the portal shortly before the Dukes wrapped up their spring workouts — and it didn’t take long for him to get calls from a ton of Power 5 programs, including Ole Miss.
Ukwu has been a central force for the Dukes’ defensive line and you can bet that will not change when he arrives to Oxford. This past season, he started 11 games and logged 87 total tackles with 10.5 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks.
Ukwu brings plenty of experience to Oxford. Before JMU left the FCS in 2021, Ukwu started in all 14 games where he notched 44 tackles with 16.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks.
Isaac Ukwu POWERFUL rush and gets the sack on Malik Cunningham 💪💪 pic.twitter.com/7hzGjtFAbX
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) November 6, 2022
For 2022, Ukwu earned All Sun-Belt and Honorable Mention on the CFN 365 All-American team.
— ukwu (@isaacukwu) December 12, 2022
Now, Ukwu will finish out his collegiate career in the SEC trenches as a Rebel. His experience along with his maturity as a player will bring strong leadership to the d-line.
With the back-to-back defensive commitments in the last 24 hours, things are bright for defensive coordinator Pete Golding as we head into the summer.
Isaac Ukwu uses his reach to get get leverage and wins with speed. @isaacukwu @JMUFootball @DraftDiamonds are found at the #HulaBowl pic.twitter.com/2hz3ifNyr0
— Hula Bowl (@Hula_Bowl) October 22, 2022
Lee Ann is the Director of Recruiting for The Rebel Walk. She is a veteran SEC sports journalist and NFL content writer. She is also the Sr. Editor for MESPORTS digital. Herring-Olvedo is a Brown University graduate who loves good cigars, good games, and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order.