Cissoko Making Back-Up Plans

Detroit Cass Tech CB Boubacar Cissoko has long professed his desire to attend Michigan, but even the best laid plans sometimes have contingencies. That's what Cissoko is in the process of forming right now, and a few schools have emerged as possible fall-back options.

Anxious suitors having been ringing Boubacar Cissoko’s phone off the hook since rumors of Lloyd Carr’s end as Michigan coach first surfaced early this season. Those calls ratcheted up even more when Michigan’s longtime headman officially called it quits last week. The persistence displayed by those programs finally paid off, as Cissoko has been on the receiving end of a number of coaching visits over the last few days.

Illinois just left tonight,” Cissoko said Sunday evening. Florida is supposed to be here (Tuesday). It will be Coach Hevesy, the offensive line coach. Tennessee is supposed to come in next Wednesday.”

With family in Illinois, the Illini look to be among the more viable options outside of the state of Michigan. The rapport established with the coaching staff thus far has made Ron Zook’s program more appealing.

“The visit was good, man,” Cissoko said after the in-home. “They told me about the program and about how they’re getting better. They said they really need me down there. They want me to come in for a visit. They talked to my people and they said it was cool, so we’ll be going down there…not this coming weekend, but next weekend.”

So where does that leave the Wolverines?

“Michigan is still #1,” he said. “That’s the way it’s going to be. Michigan has been saying just keep your head level because we don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m just getting my back up plan together in case things don’t work out with the new coach. I’m really looking to see what happens with Coach English and Coach Campbell. Coach Campbell is coming in to see me Tuesday (i.e. today).”

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