Lassiter grad to play in Kuwait
by Adam Carrington
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June 04, 2014 04:04 AM | 2536 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Having shown an ability to catch passes in the rain, Duby Nwaubi will soon be playing where rain is a far rarer sight — in Kuwait.
<Br>Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
Having shown an ability to catch passes in the rain, Duby Nwaubi will soon be playing where rain is a far rarer sight — in Kuwait.
Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
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Having just graduated from Lassiter, wide receiver Duby Nwaubi is still exploring his college options.

He’s narrowed it down to three schools – Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State and Point, a smaller college in west Georgia that competes on the NAIA level.

He said he would like to make a decision before July.

That’s when he departs for a trip to Kuwait, where he was selected to play for the U.S. Under-19 national team organized by USA Football.

Nwaubi will be one of 44 players representing the U.S. in the International Federation of American Football’s Under-19 Championships, an eight-nation tournament held in Kuwait City from July 7-16.

The tournament is split into two pools, with the U.S. scheduled to play Mexico, Germany and Japan. The other pool will feature host Kuwait, defending champion Canada, Austria and France.

Nwaubi is scheduled to report at training camp June 25 at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., and the team will depart July 2 for the Persian Gulf nation.

“I just sent them my highlight tape, and after that, I got picked,” Nwaubi said. “Coach (Todd Bell) called saying that I made it, and sent me a verification through email. I was very shocked, and humbled as well, and I thanked him for the opportunity. I’m definitely going to try to be involved as much as I can and try to boost up morale.”

In trying to determine his college football future, Nwaubi appears to be leaning toward Georgia Southern, especially after it switched from a triple-option to a spread offense installed by new coach Willie Fritz. But Nwaubi also had positive visits with to Kennesaw State and Point, and his decision is still up in the air.

While Point gave Nwaubi a scholarship offer, he would have to walk on if he chooses either Georgia Southern or Kennesaw State.

Nwaubi also received offers from Chattanooga and Western Carolina, but he preferred to play in-state and be closer to his family.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Nwaubi played sparingly his sophomore and junior seasons at Lassiter, but he stood out as a senior. He started every game and finished with 726 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

Nwaubi was particularly effective when Quincy Perdue missed time with an injury late in the regular season.

“Duby has played a little bit as a sophomore and junior, but progressed into a much bigger threat (as a senior),” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “He’s got great hands, and he’s gotten bigger and stronger. If he continues to improve, the future is bright for him.”
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