Cissoko Softens Position

Detroit Cass Tech CB Boubacar Cissoko was the first commitment in Michigan's 2008 class. Lloyd Carr's retirement provided an opening for other suitors to resume their pursuit. Now that the Maize & Blue has identified Rich Rodriguez as its new headman, has he settled on the Wolverines or is he still set on considering other opportunities?

The Michigan Wolverines have been #1 in Boubacar Cissoko’s heart ever since he began observing the game of football as a transplant from his native Africa. That said, the decision about what college he will attend won’t just be one of the… he will be use his head as well. That’s why the Detroit Cass Tech standout isn’t quite ready to say he is 100% Maize & Blue in the immediate aftermath of Rich Rodriguez being named coach.

“What do I know about him? Not much man,” Cissoko said of Rodriguez. “He was with a good team with a high powered offense, and the defense was fast and strong. That’s about it.”

“I guess it’s a good move,” continued Cissoko. “Congratulations to Michigan and Coach Rodriguez for pulling it all together and coming up with something. Now I’m just looking forward to getting over to head coach so I can talk to him and see where he is coming from, then I can make my decision.”

The program challenging Michigan for Cissoko’s allegiance is Penn State.

“I’ve set up something with Penn State after the bowl game,” he said. “I’m not doing the Tennessee visit, but I’m going to definitely do the Penn State one on January 11th. I’m probably going to go up to Michigan after the Penn State visit. Right now I’m still committed to Michigan, but I’m still a little bit open… so I’d have to say it’s between Michigan and Penn State right now.”

Regardless of what happens in Happy Valley next month, Michigan will get an opportunity to close things out afterward.

“I’m going to wait until I talk to Coach Rodriguez and then come home and make my decision,” Cissoko said regarding his timeline. “I might hold a press conference and (announce) my decision. I feel like Michigan is still the favorite in the process. Coach English and Coach Carr were the main two guys if I was going to come up there… so it would be a good deal if Coach English stays.”

Cissoko plans to put his recruitment on the backburner for the next few weeks why he focuses on honing his game for the Army All American game. Last week he was able to get a little expert advice on just how he should go about doing that.

“I went out to spend some time with the Detroit Lions and spoke to the coaches and the players,” said Cissoko. “Corey Redding, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Ball… players like that. They were just telling me about the whole NFL process…the transition from college football all of the way to the pros… how it goes down and how you get the money.”

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Cissoko in the coming weeks & months.

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