Mbah a Moute Talks Recruiting

The 6-6 small forward from Cameroon who visited UCLA officially last weekend, <b>Luc Mbah a Moute</b>, talks about his recruitment, his official visits, the factors in his decision, and a time frame for that decision...

Luc Mbah a Moute, the 6-6 small forward originally from Cameroon who plays at Montverde (Flor.) Montverde Academy, gave us an update on his recruiting situation.

Mbah a Moute said, when asked what schools he was considering, "UCLA, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Georgia, and Georgetown."

He declined to say he had a favorite.

Having just visited UCLA officially last weekend, he did say he enjoyed the visit. "It was really, really good. I liked the players, the coaches, the facilities, the school and the weather."

He had previously visited Virginia Tech, and is scheduled to visit South Carolina this weekend, and Georgia on October 22nd. He said he plans to visit Georgetown also but hasn't set up the visit.

When asked to compare his two visits – to UCLA and Virginia Tech – Mbah a Moute said, "Virginia Tech is kind of a small town, and UCLA is in a big city. They were pretty even, but I probably prefer UCLA a little bit better."

He said the opinion of his parents, who are in Cameroon, will big a big factor. "They want me to go to a really good school, one in very good academic standing. It has to be a place where I feel like it's almost a family, and a school where I could play quickly, get playing time. I feel the same as they do."

He said UCLA offered him the opportunity for early playing time. "That's how I felt when I was on the trip," Mbah a Moute said. "That I would be able to play quickly there."

Location and weather don't mean that much to Mbah a Moute. "East coast or west coast, it doesn't really matter. I'm far away from home anyway, so it doesn't matter."

Another prospect from Cameroon, post Alfred Aboya, took his official visit to UCLA last weekend also. "It was good to be on the trip with Alfred," Mbah a Moute said. "We know each other. We played two or three times together before we left from Cameroon. If we went to the same school it'd be nice. I would like to go to the same school with him, but it won't make my decision for me. I was actually kind of surprised that UCLA was recruiting both of us."

Mbah a Moute said he fuly intends to go on all of his planned official visits before making a decision. "I want to see all of the schools," he said. "Then I'll make a decision by the end of October or the beginning of November."

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