August 16, 2010

Mudoh sets visits to two schools

Richmond (Tex.) cornerback Michael Mudoh admits he got a little lonely last season. After being named the conference newcomer of the year as a sophomore, The Fort Bend Bush High School star said passes his way became few and far between last season.

"They just didn't throw my way at all," said the 5-foot-9, 182-pounder. "There would be some games where I'd get one or two passes the whole game. When they avoid me like that, the stats are pretty low. This year I should get a lot more action since I'll play strong safety.

"I think it is a better way to help my team and as captain, I can better manage the defense and my coaches really give me a lot of freedom in the defense."

Mudoh holds scholarship offers from Tulsa, UTEP, Baylor, Bryant and Colorado State. He said coaches are impressed with his athletic ability, which manifests itself in a 4.49 time in the 40-yard dash and a 300-pound bench press max.

Mudoh said Harvard may also soon offer, but told him they want him to re-take the SAT, as they like to have two SAT scores on-hand before determining admission. The future accounting major said the Crimson coaches would like him to score at least 1250 on his second test to gain admission. Mudoh, who holds a 3.5 grade-point average, didn't think that would be a problem.

"After scoring a 1620 on the SAT, I should be able to nail a 1250 with my eyes closed," he said.

Thus far, Mudoh has scheduled a visit to UTEP and plans to see Tulsa on an official visit too. He said, past that, he hasn't scheduled anything and wants to let his recruitment play out before he does. Colorado State is hoping to get a visit, but Mudoh said he isn't that familiar with the Rams.

"I don't really know much about them," Mudoh said. "I haven't looked them up. I received their offer during the spring. Their coach came over and he liked me and offered me then. I was going to take a visit for their camp, but due to some things that happened down here, I wasn't able to make that trip. I need to find the time to do some research on them."

Mudoh is far from the only Richmond, Tex. native that Colorado State is recruiting. The Rams also recruited SMU commit Carter Wall as well as Conner Smith, a Travis High School quarterback who gave the Rams his verbal pledge. Mudoh offered his scouting report on Smith.

"He is pretty tall," Mudoh said. "He has a great arm and is pretty smart. He makes smart choices in the pocket and isn't afraid to make the pass when getting hit. You want a quarterback who can make the throw. The main thing is, he is smart and I look forward to playing him this year."

Whoever Mudoh selects as his school will have to show they can satisfy some very specific criteria.

"The college has to have a good educational program," he said. "My parents harp on that a lot and if the education is not good, they aren't for it. Also, early playing time. Right now I am looking at how many people are at that position - how many seniors, how many juniors and a high NFL draft rate. Every college football player wants to make it to the league. Going to a school that has a history of sending people to the league are big."

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