Nembot Familiar With UCLA

Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep defensive end Stephan Nembot came to the U.S. to play basketball, heavily influenced by the success of two former UCLA hoopsters, but he's found his true calling on the football field...

Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep defensive end Stephan Nembot (6-7, 245) has taken one of the more unconventional routes to become a recruited football player.

Nembot came to the United States, looking to get a college education for his efforts on the basketball court.

"I liked Los Angeles and because everyone in my country talks about L.A., I moved out here to play basketball," said Nembot. "I was very familiar with (former UCLA basketball players) Alfred Aboya and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and I hoped to do what they did. They opened the door for people from Cameroon to come here and play and now I'm following them and I really want to be like them, from Cameroon and showing what you can do here."

It's just that Nembot's success has come on the football field.

"I really came here for basketball, but because of my athleticism, people asked me to try football, and so I played football and I like it," said Nembot. "And now I've got a future in football."

The transition wasn't as smooth as Nembot thought it would be.

"For the first time, it wasn't that easy, but I learned to like the game myself, and I understood it more," said Nembot. "After I was told I could just hit the quarterback that made me really like it."

Nembot didn't think he'd like football more than basketball, but when the future possibilities in the sport presented themselves, football grew on him.

"You might like something and something else might come, and for me that was when I tried football," said Nembot. "I liked football and I'm still learning it and that is my new dream."

A football player of Cameroonian descent who's been a player that Nembot has admired.

"Nebraska is another school I'm interested in, because of Ndumakong Suh, and he's Cameroonian," said Nembot. "And that is my dream now, to play better than him. He is my idol."

Washington State got to the party first, offering Nembot earlier this winter.

"Washington State offered me, the head coach Paul Wulff came by during the winter and told my coach he was offering," said Nembot. "I was amazed that he would give me an offer. Especially as new as I was."

Nembot said he thinks more schools will be watching him.

"I think more schools will be interested, because I never played football before, and I'm now at just the beginning, and I like it and I think I'm quite good at it," said Nembot. "I've really showed some love to the game so I want to show what I can do."

Nembot is still behind in learning which schools have the history and tradition, according to him, but he knows he wants to play at a "big college".

"I would love to go to those big colleges like UCLA, and USC," said Nembot. "I'm still new, but I know that they are making players good and going to the pros. And I would really like to go to a big school like LSU, Penn State, the Big Ten schools. LSU is intriguing and is cool for me because of French Marketing that I want to major in. Besides that I want to do it at a big school."

Academically, Nembot has no problems.

"I have a 4.0 so I don't have any problem with school," said Nembot. "I haven't taken the SAT yet so I'll take it in May."

Nembot had 36 tackles as a 2009 junior at Montclair Prep.

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