Four-Star ILB Mohamed Sanogo breaks down the recruiting process and talks football

One of the top inside linebackers in the class of 2017 checks in from Plano (Texas) Plano West Senior.  Mohamed Sanogo is a 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker with an offer from Indiana.

Mohamed Sanogo had an impressive showing at the Texas Under the Lights camp back in July.  He was also selected as the LB MVP at the Next Level Athlete Showcase back in June.


“For me, I've enjoyed the recruiting process, even though I only hold one offer,” Mohamed Sanogo said. “With patience and hard work I know more will come. I try to heed the advice given to me by various collegiate athletes, which the main consensus was for me to enjoy the recruiting process and take it all in without taking it for granted. All the handwritten letters and visits have been a blessing. Also the relationships you form with various coaches. My dad loves to see the mail I get every day. My family loves seeing me progress and reach closer to my goal of playing college football.”


What kind of advice would the future linebacker give to an up and coming recruit?


“New advice I would bring to the table is not to get so stressed out about it,” Sanogo said. “You're going to be in a stressful situation where you feel like you're not getting the exposure or credit that you feel you deserve. But you got to step back, calm down, and just trust that the right school will find you if you keep working hard and getting better and stay true to you.”


Sanogo has visited Texas on multiple occasions and is impressed with the head coach.


“I think Charlie Strong is a great football coach and a great recruiter, I think he'll do his best to recruit from the amazing pool of talent here in Texas,” Sanogo said. “I also think he's taking Texas in the right direction. Texas has a lot of freshman starting that are doing very well; I feel as though Texas will be strong in the upcoming years.”


Sanogo breaks down his game.


“I think some of my strengths are my ability to read the play as well as go downhill and make the play,” Sanogo said. “I am a sound tackler it is rare that I missed a tackle. My coverage is not yet a strength, but I also don't think it's a hindrance. It's something I can develop and turn into a strength. I can also move very well sideline to sideline and make please there are just in the middle of the field but in space. I am A lot faster and looser than last year, so I plan to improve greatly in those departments with my approaching senior year. I can also make plays and perform well under pressure. I am very physical, and I'm not afraid to take on lineman. I've improved a lot with getting off the block and making the tackle. I am also smart, a student of the game, I do my best to sniff out the opponents game plan and adjust my play, in the restraints of our game plan, to put the defense in the best position to get stops.”


What’s next for Sanogo and family?


“The one thing I want to do is go back to Indiana and visit IU, but, in addition, I'm hoping to make it out to California for Cal and UCLA,” Sanogo said. “I don't know how those will play out. As for any other visits, if I take any, they will be more on the spontaneous side of things.” 

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