Detroit Cass Tech cornerback Boubacar Cissoko has been expressing his love for Michigan for quite some time now. After a scintillating MVP performance at the Army National Junior Combine early last month, the cat-quick youngster indicated it wouldn't be long before he backed up his words with a little action. This weekend he did just that when he verbally committed to the to the Maize & Blue.
"Coach Campbell was happy when I told him," Cissoko said. "He was real happy. He had been saying that they need me. I'm going to talk to Coach Carr and Coach English next week."
The decision to pledge early wasn't a hard one for Cissoko. His unwavering certainty about the Wolverines made choosing now the most practical course of action.
"First of all, I like Michigan," he explained. "Plus it's close to home and my sister went there. I talked Ron English before I committed and he said that I was definitely going to get a chance to play if I came there. It just takes some of the pressure off me so I can focus on getting my grades up. I want to try to graduate early."
Cissoko's pledge and subsequent signing will end a long drought at Cass Tech for Michigan. Recently the Technicians have had Allen Langford, Vernon Gholston, and Joseph Barksdale all opt to head out of state,. According to Cissoko, that is something that hasn't been lost on Cass Tech headman and former Wolverine Thomas Wilcher.
"Coach Wilcher is happy because of the fact he went to Michigan and all," Cissoko said. "Michigan hasn't had a guy from Cass since 95. I think it was Clarence Williams."
With his recruitment now simplified, Cissoko is focused on improving in and out of the classroom. He hopes to increase his speed this offseason by once again participating in track.
"I've ran in like three events already," Cissoko said regarding his indoor track schedule. "I run the 4x200, the 200, the 60 and the long jump. I'm running indoor to get ready for outdoor. I run the 4x100 the long jump, and the 100. Last year my fastest time in the 100 was a 10.8."
If things go according to plan and Cissoko gets even better in the months to come, the attention from other schools will get even more intense. That, however, won't affect this youngster's plans. When asked how firm his commitment was on a scale of one to ten, Cissoko didn't hesitate.
"I'd say a 10," he said. "I know about my man (Jerimy) Finch. That's not going to happen with me. You can trust me on that."
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