Signing Day Capsule: Boubacar Cissoko

Scouting Report: Cissoko does not have ideal size, but he maximizes what he does have. He has very fluid hips, he opens up well coming out of his break. He has exceptional closing speed and uses his body and strength to play bigger than he is. He will often over power bigger receivers and is as tough as they come. He thrives on the physical aspect of the game. Loves to play press and man-to-man.

Boubacar Cissoko
Cornerback 5-8/174/4.44
Cass Technical HS (Detroit, MI)
NR: ***** - Position Rank: 3

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HIGHLIGHTS vs Det Southeastern - CB #2 -
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His Recruiting Story
Originally from Guinea, West Africa, Cissoko spent the majority of his youth playing the other football. His interest in the pigskin version didn't materialize until a few short years ago. The 5-9, 180-pound athlete first wowed college football coaches at the Ohio State Nike camp back in May of 2006 with his confident and aggressive play. He stayed in the hip pocket of practically every receiver he faced, demonstrating the strength to stymie opponents off the line of scrimmage, and the speed and quickness to cover them down the field. His talent surprised everyone in attendance… everyone except the young man himself.

“I wasn’t surprised at all because I trust my game,” Cissoko said. “I went out there and I felt good about my game. At my high school, all we do is play man to man…bump and run three yards off, and just play. I really felt like I could be good out there and that I could compete. I came in and put on a show. After the Nike camp (Ohio State) offered me right there.”
Michigan headman Lloyd Carr also jumped at the chance to offer as well, and the Wolverines immediately became the ones to beat.

Months later at the Army All American Combine in San Antonio Texas in January 2007, Cissoko earned MVP honors by displaying his uncanny quickness when reacting to receivers’ breaks and showing the speed to stay with them deep. It didn’t take long for a veritable who’s who of college football powers to start beating down his door, but by that point it was too late. He pledged to the Wolverines on February 4th, 2007.

"First of all, I like Michigan," he explained. "Plus it's close to home and my sister went there. I talked Ron English before I committed and he said that I was definitely going to get a chance to play if I came there. It just takes some of the pressure off me so I can focus on getting my grades up.”

As a senior worked hard in the classroom and on the field. He finished his final campaign with 67 tackles (10 for loss), two sacks, two interceptions and four pass deflections. He also returned two punts for TDs.

In the weeks after Lloyd Carr’s retirement Cissoko contemplated visiting other schools, but never actually did. His comfort with the new staff allowed him to follow through on his initial pledge to follow his heart to Michigan.

GoBlueWolverine Commentary
Cissoko may not have prototypical height, but he makes up for it with lightning quick feel, outstanding change of direction, good speed, and extremely long arms. He plays a physical game as evidenced by his penchant for get his hands on receivers at the line of scrimmage and muscling them off of their routes. He will get on the field right away for the Wolverines as one of the extra defensive backs. That said, he will need to improve his technique to consistently stay with the bigger faster receivers on the college level.