On a star-studded official visit weekend, Michigan hosted some of the top talent around the nation and hoped to land a few commitments from the weekend. They did just that when Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove senior inside linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse announced his verbal pledge on Twitter to become a Wolverine after his impressive official visit to Ann Arbor.
“It went amazing,” Mbem-Bosse told The Michigan Insider. “The real question is what wasn’t amazing about it? I feel like the whole trip was amazing and if I start talking about it, then you might just be writing a book (laughter). It just feels amazing being committed and the fans going crazy, too. They can’t wait because they know big things are coming. I think everybody knows that.”
He wasn’t the only recruit to pull the trigger Sunday night for the Wolverines as another official visitor in Miami (Fla.) Christopher Columbus senior defensive end Joshua Uche committed. The two defensive prospects spent a lot of time getting to know each other during their trip and instantly hit it off.
“It’s just a bond that we had when we were at Michigan,” said Mbem-Bosse of their relationship. “It was just something special in Ann Arbor and I felt that actually. It was crazy. He’s a good guy to be around and a guy that will look out for you before he looks out for himself. He makes sure everybody is good and is entertaining also. Plus, he’s also a good defensive playmaker, too.”
The 6-3, 232-pound Peach State linebacker talked with most of the coaching staff while in Ann Arbor, but got to reconnect with defensive coordinator Don Brown, who quickly targeted him to as a high priority in this class.
“I talked to every coach, but when I talked to the defensive coordinator, Coach Brown was just explaining how he plans on using me and that there is some room at the depth chart,” said Mbem-Bosse. “It is really close enough that I got to come in and play right away. He said that I’m physically prepared to play right away and it is a must. That is very appealing to me.”
“When he first got the defensive coordinator job at Michigan, I was one of the people he called on the first day in the office. He was like I just watched your tape and loved every second of it. He said I have similar shape to one of his former linebackers at Boston College. He also said he would love working with me and is a real cool guy. I feel like it is great that I was one of his top targets.”
Mbem-Bosse also got to spend time with headman Jim Harbaugh and the opportunity to play under him was a dream that has now has become reality.
“When I grew up, I was a big 49er’s fan,” said Mbem-Bosse. “I used to watch their games and be like I’m going to play for him for one day. In my mindset, I was thinking when I get drafted, but now that I see the opportunity is there and is sooner than I thought, which couldn’t be better.”
With so many prospects on hand, Mbem-Bosse chatted with several other recruits and got a good impression on Michigan’s standing with them all.
“I talked to everyone visiting and they all had a great time,” said Mbem-Bosse. “I feel like the way the recruiting trip went, I feel like everybody that was there could probably commit.”
When considering the Wolverines, one of the aspects he took into consideration were the guys lining up in front of him on the defensive line. He now hopes they can strengthen the defensive line by landing the No. 1 player in the nation in Paramus (N.J.) Catholic senior defensive tackle Rashan Gary.
“I think the class is great and they are still chasing for Rashan Gary,” said Mbem-Bosse. “One of the things I took an extra look at was the defensive line. They are like my best friends on the field and take care of me, but they have an amazing defensive line. Big physical guys that will be taking up double teams, so I can be running around there and doing what I do best. I feel like if we can get Rashan Gary, then it could set it off. I did talk to him and Donald (Stewart) and I was getting a good vibe from them (on how they liked their visit).”
Now committed to Michigan, Mbem-Bosse’s game fits perfectly in what the Wolverines are trying to get done on the defensive side of the ball.
“My style of play is I can stop the run down the middle,” said Mbem-Bosse. “I can get to the sideline quicker than the dude probably that is trying to get to the sideline. I got amazing hips, great in space and love playing under pressure.”