December 6, 2010

CSU looking less like a Mudoh destination

Richmond (Tex.) defensive back Michael Mudoh has a great idea of the school he wants to attend. Now, he just needs to take his official visits to figure out for himself which school best fits his wants.

"I want a school that is on the rise," Mudoh said. "They don't have to be a hot school right now, but if I can see a trend of them slowly rising, I like them. UTEP is a good example of a school that is on the rise. I want a great coaching staff, someone I can communicate with and building a relationship with, because I am going to be there for the next four or five years. Also great academics. Life after football has to be a priority there."

The 5-foot-9, 184-pound Mudoh features a 4.49 time in the 40-yard dash as well as a 305-pound bench press. He also has a vertical leap of 32 inches. Those skills, as well as a season that saw him collect 96 total tackles, has netted him offers from Colorado State, Bryant, Baylor, UTEP, UT-San Antonio and Navy. Air Force and Kansas State have been in contact. Harvard wants a second set of ACT scores before they will offer.

"Last year I played corner and I didn't really get any action because people were avoiding my side. This year, I got moved to strong safety, so I was able to show some versatility. I was able to help my team way more as a safety and made a lot more tackles for my team this year."

Thus far, Mudoh hasn't taken any visits, but he is planning to check out UTEP and likely to see Harvard. He said he is hoping to make a decision by the time he attends an All-Star game on Dec. 31. Mudoh said he doesn't have any favorites yet, but Colorado State has dropped from his list of potential suitors.

"I really haven't contacted the coaches since this summer, so I don't know where I stand with them. I don't know if they are busy with the season or just what," Mudoh said.

Whoever gets Mudoh's attention will need to convince him that they are the right school to provide for his needs after football.

"My parents and I talk about life after football," Mudoh said. "Even if I go to the NFL, the majority of them stay a couple years and are out by they are 34. I am looking for life during football and life after football. Graduating from a high college or institution gives me a shot to get a good job after football, so I want to look at both sides of it."

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