Elysee Mbem-Bosse's Details Top 7 Schools and Plan for Life After Football

Damon Sayles@@DamonSaylesNational Recruiting AnalystJune 17, 2015

In addition to having a top seven, linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse has shown himself to be as intriguing off the field as he is on it.
In addition to having a top seven, linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse has shown himself to be as intriguing off the field as he is on it.Credit: 247Sports

The TV commercials featuring "The Most Interesting Man in the World" are well-known. The quotes that support the claim for him holding the title are epic.

Linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse would make for an excellent candidate for "the most interesting recruit of the 2016 class." Although he made news on Monday by announcing a list of his top seven schools, it may be his life off the football field that draws people to him.

For starters, he is of Cameroonian descent. He can converse with someone in English and French. Mbem-Bosse (full name pronounced eh-LEE-suh em-BO-say) thinks about life after football about as much as he thinks about his future football career.

Mbem-Bosse said that he's looking to earn a double major in forensic psychology and electronics upon college graduation. Additionally, he reads his Bible every day, and Chapter 6 of the book of Ephesians features his favorite verse—one that discusses the "full armor of God" being the "helmet of salvation."

There's that side of Mbem-Bosse, and then, there's the athlete many have seen on the football field. At 6'2" and 227 pounds, he's a player with good speed, a high motor and an ability to make the big hit. There's a reason he had more than his share of offers, and he's excited about where he is with his seven finalists.

"It's been a difficult process, but through the grace of God, I've managed to get through it and get to a top seven," said Mbem-Bosse, an inside linebacker from Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Georgia. "I have 40-plus offers, and instead of having 40 different coaches to focus on, I wanted to shift my focus and just narrow my choices to seven. That way, I can make it an easier decision."

So who is Mbem-Bosse? The way he describes himself, Mbem-Bosse is a player who's all about achieving success. He's someone who not only makes it a priority to stay away, but also views life with a big-picture perspective.

"I'm just a guy who, whether it's on a Friday night or a Tuesday, you won't have to worry about doing anything he shouldn't be doing," Mbem-Bosse said. "I'm always where I'm supposed to be. I always try to be responsible and a great leader and not the guy who will bring down anybody."

Spending significant time in the weight room or on the practice field training isn't anything new for him. In addition to running a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, he also bench presses 325 pounds. As the nation's No. 13 inside linebacker, Mbem-Bosse is a downhill defender who finished his junior season with more than 80 tackles, along with three sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Mbem-Bosse said he would make a decision after he visits the schools on his list, and he said he plans to visit all seven. He said Tuesday evening that he will visit Notre Dame this weekend.

Mbem-Bosse said all seven schools have something intriguing about them. Wake Forest was the first school to offer, and he's a fan of the school's academic reputation. Notre Dame, also an academically sound institution, has a great coaching staff, led by Brian Kelly, and Mbem-Bosse feels it's a place he will fit in easily.

Choosing Alabama, Mbem-Bosse said, would mean playing for what he dubbed "Factory U." He likes how Nick Saban and the coaching staff develop players to the next level. He also likes the program's history of great linebackers. Ole Miss, Mbem-Bosse said, has a great atmosphere that "always feels like home." He likes the facilities, and he values the energy Hugh Freeze brings to the table.

Former Cedar Grove defensive end teammate and Oregon incoming freshman Gus Cumberlander has told Mbem-Bosse a lot about the Ducks. Reuniting with a former teammate is something Mbem-Bosse has thought about. He added that the West Coast attracts him, which is one of the reasons why USC also made the cut. The Trojans, he said, play an infectious style of football, and they've been one of the programs to recruit him the hardest. 

And then there's Auburn, the school that some feel has the inside edge in landing the 3-star linebacker. Mbem-Bosse called Auburn a "dream school," as it's been a place he's been fond of for quite some time. He visited the campus at the end of last month, and he's a big fan of defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, as well as the overall atmosphere.

All seven schools are considered legitimate candidates in landing him. He said academics will play a role in his decision, as will early playing time and overall comfort with a campus' environment.

Wherever he ends up, look for him to use the scholarship to get the best education possible.

"Knowledge is something that can never be taken away from you," Mbem-Bosse said. "The average time playing in the league [NFL] is about three-and-a-half years. That means I'll have 50 or 60 more years in my life. I want to be able to grow up, have a beautiful wife and kids and say I was able to get a good education.

"There are way too many kids who go to college and don't have a plan B, and they end up bankrupt and struggling through life. Even if I don't make the league, I want to say I was successful."

Mbem-Bosse wants to be a player known as the guy with a good head on his shoulders. He also wants to be a contributor on a team that wins conference championships. The road to narrowing down his top seven—and furthering his career on and off the field—starts this weekend.

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles


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