Bruins Offer Southland Lineman

Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep defensive end/offensive lineman Stephan Nembot was offered on Tuesday by UCLA and he talks about his recruitment...

Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep defensive end Stephan Nembot (6-7, 260) is becoming quite the recruit, despite only having one year of football under his belt.

The Cameroon native, who came to the U.S. to play basketball, has four official offers and two more Pac-10 verbal offers, and things couldn't be going better for him.

"This has all been exciting," said Nembot. "All of these opportunities to play football in college is wonderful."

The most recent official offer came on Tuesday, when UCLA, a school he was first drawn to, offered him. The Bruins have long been interesting to Nembot, who was hoping for basketball success much like fellow Cameroonians, Alfred Aboya and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, enjoyed while at UCLA.

"UCLA had been talking to me about it, but I got it on Tuesday, officially," said Nembot. "The coach with no hair on his head (defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough) is who is recruiting me. They like me as a defensive end and on offense. It is really cool to get an offer from them. When I came here, I always wanted and wanted to go to UCLA. Aboya and Mbah a Moute doing well there, that kind of thing pushed me to want to go to UCLA when I came here."

But now that Nembot has some options, he's open to everyone.

"I now have offers officially from Arizona State, Washington State, Washington and UCLA," said Nembot. "Stanford and USC are both talking with me and they both said I have an offer, but I haven't received it officially."

But he doesn't need the official offers to count those two among his favorites.

"My favorite schools are Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington State, Arizona State and Washington," said Nembot. "All the schools are on my list."

Nembot said that USC told him an official offer would come next month.

"The coaches said they want me to camp their on June 12th, and to come so Lane Kiffin can see me," said Nembot. "Then they can give it to me officially."

And it may not be just those six he'll have to consider.

"Nebraska is supposed to be offering, Oregon State is too and we have Northwestern, they said they play in the Big Ten in Chicago and we have to check them out," said Nembot.

Nembot's frame is more ideal for a tackle position, but many schools are recruiting him just as a big lineman, not sure which side of the ball he'll play.

"Many schools tell me they are not sure if they want me to play offense or they want me to play defense," said Nembot. "I am just seeing for myself which school is the best for me. I can't say I have a favorite school or a favorite position until I visit every school, and see them with my father. Those trips will be very important to me. At first, I wanted to decide early, but now it's an open door, I'm looking for what fits me best."

Nembot is solid in the classroom, with a 4.0 GPA and he took the SAT earlier this month.

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


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