High on Michigan’s 2016 recruiting priority list is a physical linebacker that can track plays from sideline to sideline. The Wolverines identified yet another candidate for filling that need last week when they offered Elysee Mbem-Bosse.
“(The season) went real good,” Mbem-Bosse said. “I led the team in tackles. I had 88 tackles, four fumbles forced, two fumble recoveries, three sacks and four tackles for loss.”
That production in a 6-2.5, 230 lb. package that can run the forty in 4.6 seconds has been a recipe for an offer list that is fast approaching twenty. At the moment, though, two programs are sticking out… and they happen to be the two campuses he visited last weekend.
That doesn’t mean that the Peach State star is a guaranteed participant in the Iron Bowl. He insists he is still open to all suitors, and in the case of Michigan, interested in getting to know the program and its coaches better.
“(The Michigan offer) really happened while I was at practice during school,” Mbem-Bosse recalled. “I checked my phone and I saw two of the coaches followed me on Twitter, so I followed them back. That’s when they had talked to my coaches and stuff like that. That’s when I knew they had offered.”
“Michigan is just a great college period. Even if you took out the sports and stuff, it still would be a great college. But with the sports included, that’s what makes it a dominating college. They’re one of the top colleges in the nation. A lot of people want to go to Michigan. It’s a great school. They have one of the top academic (reputations), which is something that I look into. You never know when you’re going to have to give up the game football.”
That’s just what he knows from afar. He hopes to get an up close and personal look in the very near future.
I’m very busy most of the time, (but) I’m going to make time to go there and see (Michigan),” he said. “Most likely in the spring.”
“On a scale of 1-10, I’d say right now (my interest in Michigan) is about a nine. It might increase when I go there and visit.”
There will be a number of factors that play into Mbem-Bosse’s decision, but distance won’t be among them.
“If I feel like I’m at home, I won’t really feel like I’m leaving,” he explained.
“The school that I’ll be going to will have to be a great school, have great people in it, and have great people in the community. I want a place that will help make me better person and a player. I want to feel comfortable, at home… things like that. And I want to come away with a great education.”