Stephan Nembot, officially listed as 6-foot-8 and 270 pounds when he signed with Colorado in February, is likely one of the freshmen with the best chance at earning early playing time this fall with the Buffs.
Now that he has cleared the academic hurdles necessary to get into school in Boulder, all that is left is adapting to college life and the college game and proving he is worthy of the opportunity.
Nembot, a native of Cameroon, was a two-sport star at Montclair Prep before spurning Washington to sign with the Buffs in February. He made 61 tackles with 11 sacks and two forced fumbles and fumble recoveries as a senior last fall. He also excelled as an offensive lineman and basketball player.
Nembot being cleared is a huge relief for CU fans. The Buffs are in need of depth across the board, but the defensive line has been a sore spot for several years when it comes to size, speed and overall athleticism. Nembot will help that.
Nembot was one of nine defensive players signed in the 2011 cycle, but he and fellow defensive end Juda Parker were the only defensive linemen in the group.