Class of 2007

Prince Amukamara

HometownGlendale, AZ
High schoolApollo


Amukamara is a first team Associated Press All-American, the Big 12 defensive player of the year and a Jim Thorpe Award finalist.

The NU senior cornerback was named to the Walter Camp All-America team, a squad selected by a vote of Division I-A coaches and sports information directors. Amukamara was a first-team All-America selection by the AFCA as well.



Originally published Feb. 8, 2007 in the Omaha World-Herald

Amukamara says: "I'm a point guard in basketball, the guy who's always got the ball in his hands. And that's the way I see myself as a football player, too. I'm the guy who can make things happen."

Did you know?

The second oldest of six children, Prince is the only boy. His parents are from Nigeria; Prince was born in Boston.


"Personally, I think Prince is way too good with the ball in his hands to put him on defense. His vision in space is as good as I've ever seen." -- Apollo coach Zack Threadgill

The gurus say

The state's big school player of the year by the Arizona Republic. awards Amukamara three stars and ranks him Arizona's No. 11 prospect.

About Amukamara

Exploded onto the local and national recruiting scene as a senior. Threadgill, a former Nevada QB who threw for 3,400 yards in 2002, decided early in his first season as head coach last fall to showcase Amukamara. "We opened up the offense because of him. They were running the wing-T, and I decided we had to do whatever we could to get Prince the ball in multiple ways." He responded by rushing for 2,106 yards and 24 touchdowns. Also totaled 252 receiving yards and six TD catches, plus 95 tackles and two kick-return scores.

Our take

An elite athlete in the mold of Marlon Lucky and Rickey Thenarse, both of whom earned playing time at NU during the past two years as true freshmen. As multiple Phoenix-area prep coaches say, get Prince the ball and let him go to work.

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