When things start rolling on the field, doors start to open on the recruiting trail that previously weren’t available.
Oklahoma is in that spot right now and had it happen once again two weeks ago with Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse.
It’s true Mbem-Bosse has been pretty consistent about saying the Sooners are in his top five for several months now. But there was never an actual sign to believe he would ever make it to Norman and check out the campus.
That’s exactly what he did two weeks ago as he loved his official visit to OU even if the construction isn’t even close to being complete.
“It’s an amazing place,” Mbem-Bosse said. “You can see there are a lot of things that are going on. When it’s all done, it’s going to be great.”
Mbem-Bosse is a high three-star inside linebacker, but OU isn’t trying to pigeonhole him in that one position. That was evidenced by his hosts as he was hosted by outside linebacker Eric Striker and inside linebacker Jordan Evans.
Simply put, OU sort of sees Mbem-Bosse with a lot of potential and somebody who can do a lot of different things.
Despite a great game atmosphere and all the stuff that comes with the glitz and glamour of a recruit visit, it was the fundamental things that meant the most to Mbem-Bosse.
“Hanging out with the coaches and getting to know them and them getting to know me,” he said. “Coach (Tim) Kish is a real amazing guy. He doesn’t just want to develop you as a player, but as a person, too.”
Mbem-Bosse credits Kish for his interest in the Sooners in the first place. He said after his first discussion with Kish he could he was a great guy with a great plan and the ability to see things not necessarily other coaches are able to see.
Kish earned more kudos from Striker and Evans, who both said the one thing about OU is the coaches are always going to be there for you and in the role of a second father.
Mbem-Bosse had no idea what he was getting into when he arrived in Norman, but he’s happy to say everything was a lot better than even he thought it would be.
“It was different, but in a great way,” Mbem-Bosse said. “I got to see things in action and up close and personal.”
And head coach Bob Stoops didn’t make a bad impression, either.
“I wouldn’t mind playing for that guy,” Mbem-Bosse said.
Auburn has long been thought of as the leader for Mbem-Bosse but other schools are still in play. He said he has no visits set up right now but does intend to visit either Michigan or Ole Miss (or both) before making his decision.
No matter what, though, Mbem-Bosse is content to wait out the process before finding the right fit and right school for him.