Cissoko says "It's All About Michigan"

Detroit Cass Tech star Boubacar Cissoko was one of the stars at last weekend's Penn State Nike Camp, and brought home the defensive back MVP award as proof. While there, questions arose regarding the firmness of his commitment to the Wolverines. Is his pledge to the Maize & Blue solid?

As a prospect with little else to prove regarding his talent and potential, Boubacar Cissoko didn’t have much to gain by attending camps and combines this spring. That’s why many were surprised that the Detroit Cass Tech standout traveled to the Penn State Nike Camp last weekend. However, those were the folks that don’t know much about the competitive youngster. The future Wolverine craves new challenges…seeks them out even. The camp in State College was just another opportunity to match up against the best.

“It was good I went up there,” Cissoko said. “I weighed in a little bit. I did all the footwork drills and I was doing okay. Actually, I was doing really good. I don’t like to brag much, but I was balling out.”

“One guy tried to call me out…Morgan Carter,” he continued. “That was fun. Most of the time I was the one calling guys out. There was one big guy… a receiver that had to be about 240 pounds and about 6-5. I was still jamming him though. I didn’t get a chance to go against Fred Smith. I wanted to badly, man! He was looking for me too. It will happen one of these days.”

This was the second time in as many Nike camps that Cissoko wowed the college coaches observing him. Those performances on top of his standout showing at the Army combine have prompted many schools to continue to pursue him despite his status as a Michigan commitment. As a result he still gets peppered with questions about other programs. His positive response regarding his interest has led to some speculation about the firmness of his commitment, but Cissoko insists that it is misplaced.

“There are a lot of coaches trying to holler at me,” said Cissoko. “Florida has been coming at me pretty hard. But it’s all about Michigan, man. Trust me. That’s my school right there. That’s where I’m going. The people there were saying I was the best corner that they had seen in a long time and that I might be the number one cornerback in the nation. I was just thinking you’ve got to play the game sometimes, but the ranking really doesn’t matter to me. I don’t really care were they rank me. I’m with Michigan fully.”

With the Nike camp now behind him, most of Cissoko’s attention will be placed on track and academics. His next time on a football field will most likely be this June in Ann Arbor.

“I don’t know that I’m going to be able to come to the Michigan camp because I’m going to be taking summer classes, but I might be able to do one day,” he said. “We’ll see. I probably will be able to make it.”

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