Mouchantaf eyeing early departure from Blinn

Blinn DT Stuart Mouchantaf (6-4, 300) expected to play for the Buccaneers this fall, but since we last spoke to him some new developments have come into play and he is looking at possibly leaving this summer. caught up with the talented prospect recently and he updated us on where things stand...

"I was expecting to come back, but Iowa State has offered me and wants to get me up on an official visit in the next couple weeks," Mouchantaf told over the weekend. "Now that they have offered, I've had Texas Tech call and say they would probably offer if I took a trip up there and Kansas State is now coming into the picture trying to get me up for a visit.

"It's all been pretty crazy with the way it's gone down, but ultimately, I'm going to do what is best for me.

"After I take my visits, which I will probably take at least two of them, then I will see what my options are and if they are better than staying at Blinn, then I will sign and go, but if it's better for me to stay and play here and then leave December, that's what I will do."

As a freshman for the Buccaneers this past season, Mouchantaf managed to post 37 tackles, five tackles-for-loss and one sack while playing mostly over the center.

"I played mostly at nose guard this past season, but I played a little of the three (technique)," Mouchantaf said. "This year I'll play a little more of the three and that should help me post some more stats than I did last year."

With his outstanding size and athleticism, Mouchantaf is a handful for opposing offensive linemen and he's been hard at work this offseason on the finer points of playing the position.

"I have a 4.4 shuttle, so I'm quick for my size, but I want to get faster and I also am trying to get quicker," Mouchantaf said. "I use my first step to get through gaps quickly and I'm pretty good at stopping the run, but you can always improve your technique and make sure you are doing everything you can to get better."

Mouchantaf is a very good student, maintaining a 3.2 GPA so far and he was a full-qualifier after graduating from Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas. However, due to the fact that he had transferred before his senior season, he got lost in the shuffle.

"I was at Morton Ranch High School for a while and things just didn't work out there," Mouchantaf noted. "I guess there were some things going on with the coaches there, it was all in the paper, and I just didn't want to be part of that, so I transferred to Cinco for my senior season.

"When I was a junior, I was already getting recruited by Notre Dame, Miami, Texas and Texas Tech, but when I left, no one knew I had moved so I didn't really get recruited after that.

"When I didn't have an offer, I decided to commit to Navarro, but at the last minute I changed over to Blinn and signed here because it just felt like the right fit."

If Mouchantaf signs with a school and leaves this summer, he would have four years to play three, but if he return, he would have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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