ESPN 300 Iheanacho announces top five


On a day when gifts are traditionally exchanged, ESPN 300 wide receiver Frank Iheanacho (Houston/Westside) gave five schools the hope of receiving a nice gift the first Saturday of the new year.

On Christmas day, Iheanacho announced a top five, in alphabetical order, of Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, Oregon and Texas A&M. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound receiver will announce his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4.

Iheanacho, the 11th-ranked receiver and the No. 89 overall player in the ESPN 300, said all five schools provide a certain comfort level and offer him a chance to grow on and off the field. Iheanacho also had offers from Florida State, Ole Miss, TCU, Michigan State and several others.

“For me personally, I feel everyone has their own fit for a school,” Iheanacho said. “People can try and influence you, but at the end of the day, I just feel comfortable with them and in what they’re preaching.”

Iheanacho finished his senior season with 47 catches for 618 yards and 15 touchdowns. He led his team in receptions and touchdowns. Not bad for someone who, last year, was focused on playing college basketball.

Iheanacho said he has yet to finalize a winner and added he will have all five hats on a table when he announces at the Army game. He’s expecting to have a decision ready to go before the start of bowl practices, which start Monday.

“It’s a gut feeling for me,” Iheanacho said. “Can I see myself in that jersey playing next year without them trying to convince me?”