For Nembot, Who's No. 1?

Stephan Nembot, the 6-8, 245-pound defensive end prospect from Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep, took an unofficial visit to a Pac-10 school, and has another one coming up. He says there are many programs that are #2 on his list...

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Stephan Nembot, out of Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep, is rated three stars and the No. 63 defensive end nationally by Scout.com, although he appears likely to jump up in those rankings in the future given the high recruiting interest he's received. He isn't close to a verbal commitment, but says WSU has most certainly turned his head.

"They really act like a family, like my school," said Nembot. "At Montclair, everybody knows everybody, it's not just about school (and football) and I had the same (feeling) most at Washington State. I don't know (anybody) there, the town is smaller and everybody is like family.

"Right now, I put them as my No. 2 choice. They asked me, if they're my No. 2 choice, then who is my No. 1 choice. And I told them don't have a No. 1 right now. Because my No. 1 choice will be the school I go to."

Nembot also had high praise for the academic advisors at Washington State, saying he gleaned some valuable information from them while in Pullman in mapping out his academic future.

"It went well, it was just a great camp. I got to talk with the coaches a lot," said Nembot.

NEMBOT, A CAMEROON native with one year of football under his belt, is huge -- checking in at 6-7, 260 pounds.

What side of the ball he plays on at the next level is yet to be determined. He played d-end last year at Montclair Prep, at around 245 pounds but tackle would appear to be his future given his frame, whether that's on defense or offense.

"I don't know if I want to play d-end or offensive tackle because those are the two main positions that I really love. I love to protect the quarterback, and I love to go and sack the quarterback," said Nembot. "So in college, we will see."

IN ADDITION TO the full ride from WSU, Nembot has Pac-10 offers from ASU, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington.

Nembot said he doesn't have a firm top five at this stage, and thinks he will probably take all five official visits. He did mention the Bruins as another school he's fond of and who is showing him "a lot of love." He said his next unofficial trip is likely be to UCLA in July.

ONE THING ABOUT Nembot -- he's undeniably old school tough. Nembot was unable to participate in the WSU camp he broke a bone in his hand early on at the USC camp. It's also perhaps why the decision on playing with possible significant injury shouldn't be left up to players.

"The bone came out...like a dislocation, so I pushed the bones back inside," said Nembot. "I knew it was broke, I told the trainer, 'My hand is broken,' and he said I was out for the day... I told him no, I told him to tape it up and I'm going to go hit. He went to talk to my coach that I should not be going no more, and my coach said it depends on me. I said I want to keep going.

"So he went and taped my hand and I just acted like it didn't hurt. And I kept going the rest of the day. But oh my God, that was the hardest pain I ever felt. I just kept punching out, punching out."

Nembot is expected to be 100 percent by the time his fall camp gets underway. As a junior, Nembot had 36 tackles for Montclair Prep.


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