Jerome Messam Among Top Recruits

Coming from the Great White North to play college football in the states has turned out to be a good decision for North Dakota State College of Science running back Jerome Messam (6-4, 247).

Though it didn't necessarily work out the way Messam had originally hoped, everything seems to be falling into place for Messam.

"I had signed with Rutgers out of high school but real late, I didn't get cleared so I ended up at a JC," said Messam.  "It's cool, though, where I'm at, I'm still getting to play football."

Messam will keep getting to play football after this year, thanks to a handful of offers he already is holding.

"Kansas State, Iowa State, Arizona State, Colorado and New Mexico have all offered me," said Messam.  "Nebraska and Maryland said they were going to offer me.  Florida and Michigan State have written and USC is looking at me.  Rutgers is still looking at me too."

Messam said he wouldn't be making an early choice, instead choosing to see what all the offers he ends up with.

"I'm going to be weighing all of my options and I'm trying to ride it out," said Messam.  "I think I know pretty much where I want to visit, I'm just not going to say anything until I know all of my offers.  I plan to take all five though."

Messam rushed for over 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns, despite missing a game with an injury and not starting the first three games.

Still, with his size and strength, running back might not be where he ends up.

"I've been talked to about defensive end, tight end, running back and receiver," said Messam.  "USC is talking to me about defensive end.  Everyone, though, is really recruiting me as a running back.  I want to play running back.  If it aint broke, don't fix it.  I'm fast like a little guy, but I'm big and run people over."

Messam will graduate in May and would have three years to play two.


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