One month ago Michigan appeared to be an afterthought in the recruitment of Elysee Mbem-Bosse. The Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove star was preparing to select a school from a final four that consisted of the Wolverines, Auburn, North Carolina State, and Oklahoma. The fact that Michigan was the only one of the finalists he hadn’t visited made the chances of him going Blue virtually nil.
What a difference a visit makes.
After opting to delay his decision (and thus his enrollment), he scheduled an official visit to Ann Arbor. There he found a school that met his most important criteria.
"The biggest factor is I want to get a great education," he said. "I'm also looking for a strong program and a good relationship with the coaches."
"Academics are the most important thing because you won't always be able to play football. You need to have a reliable plan for the rest of your life. What you do after football is what's most important.”
The life after football factor was a major part of the Maize & Blue’s appeal.
“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.”
If everything goes according to plan, Mbem-Bosse won’t be giving up football for quite some time. The 6-3, 230 pounder’s best football is definitely in front of him. A native of Cameroon, he is still fairly new to the sport.
“I have only been playing football for just two years and I just keep getting better and better,” he said.
Scout.com’s South Regional Manager Chad Simmons agrees.
“Mbem-Bosse is a strong, physical linebacker, said Simmons. “He has good size, he can tackle with a thump, and he is athletic for an inside guy. He is best against the run and playing inside the box, but he has flashed ability to play on the perimeter. As he gets better in reading his keys, and shedding blocks, he will cut down his steps and get to the ball that much faster. He really knows how to attack and he plays with fire and aggression.
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