The news that Boubacar Cissoko had completely severed the verbal tie that bound him to Michigan for the better part of a year was a surprising turn of events last week. However, those that have followed his recruitment closely knew such a starkly finite statement was likely a hasty reaction to some jarring news… that Michigan’s staff of assistant coaches had been let go. One day and a few important conversations later, the Wolverines’ first verbal commitment in the class of 2008 was once again professing his love for the Maize & Blue.
“I’m back straight now,” Cissoko said. “I didn’t know who was on the staff and I was kind of confused. I spoke to the cornerbacks coach, Coach Gibson, and he said there is no need for any of that. He said he’d be up there and he is going to make sure that we get this thing done. He said he would call me back next week so we can talk more.”
Cissoko also spoke to Rich Rodriguez, and the new Michigan headman made it clear to the youngster that he was a priority.
“He said he was looking forward to seeing me and that he was going to come over to the crib,” Cissoko said regarding a future in-home visit. “He said we’ll sit down and talk. He said he is looking for a corner like me to come in and do some things.”
The conversations helped thrust Michigan back up on their perch atop of Cissoko’s list, but did they remove Penn State from contention?
“I promised (Penn State) I was going to take visit, so I’m going to keep my word and just do it,” he said. “I’m going to visit Michigan too. I think it’s going to be on the 11th. (Coach Gibson) said we were going to talk about it. Penn State is going to be on the18th.”
In the meantime, Cissoko is doing his best to get ready for the Army All American game next month. Workouts and stretching are part of his daily routine. Another one of his current objectives is to recruit others to Michigan with him… both through phone contact and face to face while down in San Antonio.
“I’m talking to Nick Perry about coming to Michigan,” said
Cissoko. “He’s going about his business. He’s trying to takes
his visits before he makes any decision. I’m going to keep trying to talk
to him though.”