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Athlete, 6-1, 180, Glendale, Ariz. (Apollo HS)
Prince Amukamara (pronounced ah-moo-kuh-mara) is one of five players from the Phoenix metropolitan area in the Huskers' 2007 signing class. The five players from Arizona marks the largest group Nebraska has ever signed from that state. Amukamara brings an impressive set of credentials to the Husker program and has the ability to play on either side of the football. Amukamara was a dual-threat performer for Coach Zach Threadgill at Apollo High School. During his final two seasons, Amukamara scored nearly 50 touchdowns, while rushing for 3,389 yards and averaging 11.9 yards per carry. As a senior, Amukamara rushed for 2,106 yards and 24 touchdowns, an average of 191.5 yards per game, while catching 22 passes for 252 yards and six touchdowns. In the same two seasons, the 6-1, 180-pounder also had 664 receiving yards and totaled about 125 tackles, including 95 tackles, along with two interceptions in 2006. Amukamara was also a dangerous kickoff and punt return threat, averaging 26 yards per punt return and 20.8 yards on kickoff returns. Amukamara's play helped lead Apollo High to a 7-4 record during the 2006 season. Amukamara's best game came in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs against Scottsdale Chaparral. In a 35-28 overtime loss, Amukamara rushed for 366 yards and four touchdowns, caught four passes and had a 45-yard punt return. He was honored as the state high school player of the year by the Arizona Republic newspaper, which named him a first-team Class 4A all-state pick. He is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, which also ranks Amukamara as the No. 12 overall prospect in the state of Arizona and the 56th-ranked athlete in the country. Scout.com lists Amukamara as the nation's No. 47 running back prospect, while SuperPrep Magazine ranked him as the No. 6 overall prospect in the state of Arizona. In addition to his football talents, Amukamara is also a starting guard for the Apollo basketball team, which has captured back-to-back Class 4A state championships the past two years. Apollo was ranked third in Class 4A through January. Amukamara was born on June 6, 1989, and is the son of Romanus and Christie Amukamara. He chose Nebraska over Fresno State and Arizona State.