Lakeville OT Belal Shouman Gets "U" Interest

Belal Shouman, a 6-foot-2 offensive tackle from Lakeville (MN) North, attended the Gopher Junior day last February and several Minnesota games this fall. Shouman has worked hard since the end of the season in preparation for college. He is hoping that will mean a chance to play at Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Souman to learn the latest on his recruitment.

As Lakeville continued to grow, a second high school was built and this year there were two teams, Lakeville North (the old Lakeville High) and the new school Lakeville South. This hurt the schools as the top talent was divided between the two schools. However, there was still plenty of talent at Lakeville North, as offensive tackle Belal Shouman received interest from Minnesota and others.

Shouman led Lakeville North to a 5-4 mark this season as they lost to Rochester Century 35-34 in the first round of the Section 1, Class AAAAA playoffs. He led Lakeville to a 5-5 record as a junior.

Shouman said that the Gophers are his current top school.

"I'm extremely interested in Minnesota as a preferred walk-on or getting some scholarship money."

Shouman said that he has some other options if Minnesota does work out.

"I'm hearing from St. Cloud State, Northern Iowa and South Dakota State and might visit them. However, I might not visit them. I'm leaning towards Minnesota strong."

Shouman said that he was invited to every home game and attended "four to five games."

"I went to the Michigan State and Ohio State games, but missed Wisconsin game, due to work."

Shouman suffered a broken bone in his fourth metatarsal and missed the start of the season. However, he says that he is 100 percent.

"I had forgotten about the injury until you mentioned it."

Shouman said that he has been working hard since the end of the season to prepare for college.

"Health-wise, I'm pretty good. I've been spending a lot of time in the weight room and put on a lot of weight. I'm up to 262 pounds (17 more than his playing weight this season). I've been eating well and spending time in the weight room. I'm in there four days a week, two hours a day. That is where I want to be. I put a lot of time into this football thing."

Shouman said that he will continue to work hard in the weight room and will not participate in track this year. He had thrown the shotput and discus.

"I used to wrestle. I played baseball for about eight years. I've played everything but hockey."

Shouman said that some coaches have question his lack of ideal height at 6-foot-2.

"Height is something that they bring up, but it is something that can play to my advantage since I can play lower to the ground than other players."

Shouman said that he has talked to former Lakeville teammate Andy Metz, who was a recruited walk-on this season.

"I've talked to Andy to get some info from him. He told me what to expect and what not to expect. I'm not expecting a whole lot. I have to prove that I can do it."

Shouman said that he plans to become a pharmacist. He took the ACT, but may retake the test with more time.

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