Fresno State added 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Dontae Bull earlier this month and the coaching staff believes they have found another hidden gem north of the border. Now they have landed 6-foot-4 and 350-pound offensive lineman Marc-David Bien-Aime.
“I'm being recruited as a versatile offensive lineman,” Bien-Aime told BarkBoard.com. “My athletic abilities, my hands and my feet are the weapons that help me compete against great players.”
Bien-Aime was one of five recruits who committed to the Bulldogs while officially visiting last weekend.
“I committed to Fresno State because of the bright future and the opportunity to be part of rebuilding,” Bien-Aime said. “I've heard about Coach Tedford’s accomplishments as coach in the NCAA and also enjoyed talking with him about his experience in the CFL as a player and as a coach.”
A combination of the Fresno State staff is combining to recruit the untapped territory in Canada. Offensive Coordinator Kalen DeBoer and Offensive Line Coach Ryan Grubb are aware of the talent, coming from Eastern Michigan. Meanwhile, Head Coach Jeff Tedford and Defensive Coordinator Orlondo Steinauer have both played and coached in the Canadian Football League. The pipeline to California is being warmly welcomed by recruits like Bien-Aime and Bull.
“Many big schools showed interest but didn't offer,” Bien-Aime said. “I'm Canadian - It's very hard for us to be noticed. That's why making the bus tour this summer with Allout Football and Raw Talent helped me. I dominated every camp I went to.
Bien-Aime’s film backs up his talk, showing his athleticism at his big frame. He displays his ability at both the guard and tackle spots and proves to play to the whistle, or even after it. His mean streak leaves often leaves opposition on the turf.
Added Bien-Aime, "Coming from Canada and being able to help rebuild that program is what drives me. I want to be a part of something great.”
Fresno State mid-year signee Matthew Boateng is also from Canada, though he committed to the Bulldogs from Arizona Western College.
BarkBoard.com Premium Members can see more of our Q&A with Bien-Aime here: http://www.scout.com/college/fresno-state/forums/1703-bb-insider/15347319-q-a-with-marc-david-bien-aime