Nembot Soaking It All In

Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep defensive end Stephan Nembot, who was at UCLA's Fall Scrimmage last weekend, is taking the whole recruiting process in stride...

Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep defensive end Stephan Nembot (6-7, 260) continues to soak in every aspect of the recruiting process.

Nembot will attend his first college football game this fall, and last weekend spent what was basically his first time in a college football environment when he attended UCLA's Fall Scrimmage.

"It was amazing there, how serious the coaches and the players were," said Nembot. "I have never been to anything like that. I loved the scrimmage, the campus and the football. The players arms are bigger than my legs."

The Cameroon native will be entering only his second season of football, originally coming to the U.S. to play basketball.

So this spring and summer were crucial to him.

"I continued to learn so much about the game of football this summer, at B2G and with my team," said Nembot. "I was never really taught the basics before this summer. I was always told to just tackle the man with the football. But this summer at B2G I went up against some great players, like Jordan Simmons (Crespi offensive lineman) who is much bigger than the players I normally go up against."

Nembot's an intriguing prospect, because he realistically could play on either side of the ball in college.

"Many schools like me as an offensive tackle and many like me as a defensive end," said Nembot. "I just love to play football, so it doesn't really matter to me."

Some of the schools that Nembot is high on are UCLA, USC, Stanford, Arizona State, Washington State and Washington, who've all offered, and then a few more BCS regulars who he's hoping to get an offer from.

"I'm hoping to get offers from big schools like Florida, LSU and Boise State," said Nembot. "Boise State has talked with me and wants to watch some more film of me this year."

Then there is LSU, where Nembot has a strong affinity.

"They have a French marketing major and many people in Louisiana speak French, so I would love, love, love to get an offer from LSU," said Nembot. "I am hoping that I will be able to take an official visit there."

Nembot said that he plans to visit Washington State, Stanford, Arizona State and Washington officially, and hopes to leave the fifth spot open for either Boise State or LSU. He said he doesn't plan official visits to the Los Angeles schools.

"It is very easy for me to make a trip there, so I will go to places that I can't go otherwise," said Nembot.

Stanford is another school that has made a lasting impression on Nembot, especially on his family.

"When my family sent me to the United States, they emphasized my education and that is more important than anything," said Nembot. "So I am very interested in Stanford. That would make my family happy for me to go there."

Nembot said he's been told by several people that his size and skill set make him a candidate for a future in football beyond college, particularly if he continues to develop.

"That would be amazing, but I am not even thinking about that," said Nembot. "The most important thing for me and my family is that I came here to get an education and to get a degree. That is all I am worried about."

Nembot said he'll take all five of his visits then decide afterwards.

"I've heard that you will feel it and know when you find the right school, so I am waiting for that feeling," said Nembot.

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

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


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