Some stories are fit for the big screen and the journey of Stephan Nembot is definitely one of them.
Nembot came to California for the opportunity of a better education and a chance to earn a basketball scholarship. But since arriving at Montclair Prep High School, those plans have taken an unexpected and exciting twist.
The Cameroon native that hoped to follow in the footsteps of UCLA’s Alfred Aboya and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, has quickly become one of the most intriguing defensive line prospects on the West Coast, with coaches like USC’s Ed Orgeron keeping a close eye on his development.
“That’s the crazy part. At this time last year I was at home sleeping on my bed and this year I have so many offers,” Nembot explained. “It’s kind of crazy, and sometimes you have a headache because you are thinking too much about which college I should choose.”
The 6-7, 245-pound defensive end recently participated in USC’s Linemen Camp, and despite coming away with a broken bone, he enjoyed the opportunity to test himself against a talented group of recruits.
“The camp was great. It was a great opportunity to meet with other top ranked players in the nation,” he said. “I was there competing against people that have played football for their whole life.”
Nembot certainly proved his toughness to those in attendance.
“I broke my hand by hitting some dude at USC,” he explained. “After I hit him I fell and my thumb just came back and the bone popped out. I was like, ‘Man how can this happen right now.’ The camp just started so I taped my thumb and kept going until the end.
“After that, I thought I was going to be cool, but I went to the hospital because it was hurting so bad. I had to show the coaches that I wasn’t one of those people that quit after getting hurt. I kept going.”
While on campus, Nembot got the chance to learn from defensive line coach Ed Orgeron. And as he explains, he was impressed with Orgeron as a coach and an actor.
“That was a great honor getting coached by someone who played in The Blindside. It was an honor just to shake his hand,” Nembot said. “Everyone was telling me that he has been the best defensive line coach for the past 25 years.
“I definitely would love for him to teach me all that he knows so that I could be great. Orgeron is a great, great defensive end coach.”
Along with getting attention from the Trojans, Nembot already has scholarship offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
“I’m looking for a school that teaches my major, which is International Business,” he said. “I want the International Business major to be accredited, so you can go and work anywhere in the world. Education is the most powerful in my choice right now.”
Nembot said a decision could come as soon as September and let us know what he likes about his top five schools.
Washington State: “I went there and visited on an unofficial trip. It’s not just about football there. You can have another life outside of football like with education. The environment was peaceful and a place that you can learn.”
Washington: “I like both of the Washington’s because of the way that they come to me with the recruitment. It’s kind of cool.”
UCLA: “I really love UCLA. I just love it because everybody that came here from Cameroon, especially basketball players like Alfred Aboya and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, that was UCLA.”
Stanford: “My mom and dad would love me to go to that school, based on education. In Africa, everybody says they would want to go to Stanford and Harvard.”
USC: “The fact that all the players that they take and form always go to the pros. They kind of see your talent when you don’t even know that you have that talent. Coach Orgeron said that I got a talent and that I can realize it when I work with him.”
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