July 14, 2008

Ghana native finds success on gridiron

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - You won't find too many linebacking corps more talented than the one that is assembled at Rockwall (Texas) Heath. Inside linebacker Austin Moss is one of the top backers in Texas and has offers from around the country. Ryan Mosby is on his way to compiling an impressive offer list himself, but weakside linebacker George Bamfo may be the sleeper of the group.

Bamfo's recruitment has yet to gain steam but his performance at the Texas State 7 on 7 Tournament offered a telling look at the athleticism that he brings to the position. As an undersized but speedy backer, Bamfo has loads of upside.

"I'm playing weakside this season and this is my first time playing that position because I played middle last year so I'm looking forward to doing some good things at that position," Bamfo said. "I like to cover a lot and at weakside linebacker you get to do that and of course stop the run so I can do both. I'm kind of excited to see what happens."

Playing alongside two other highly recruited linebackers isn't the end of the talent that will be on display at Heath High School. Both sides of the ball are home to a number of prospects and that could mean a successful season is on the horizon.

"We know we can go a long way," he said. "We just have to stay focused and do it. That's our mentality right now."

Bamfo has already come a long way. He is a native of Ghana and didn't move to the United States until he was 12. Since that move, football has become a big part of his life.

"I moved here from Ghana when I was 12 years old," he said. "I didn't even know how to play football. It was a whole culture shock to me. I used to play soccer that was my thing but when I moved down here, no one was really doing it. I picked up basketball and that was my first love but all of my friends starting playing football so I went on and tried that. I started playing football my freshman year. I've grown to love football. "

As Bamfo's name gets out among college coaches, he may soon find that his new love will take him far beyond the high school fields.



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