I stumbled on an old article that was a Rivals write up on the 2008 Army all-american game that featured Cissoko and B. Smith who played on the same East team. I was taken aback by the comments from the East coach.
"I was really impressed with Boubacar all week in practice and off the field as well," he said. "The kid has tremendous leadership skills. He worked extremely hard at every drill, in every situation, and he was also one of the most social kids we had down there. Every kid on our team liked him and respected him. He was one of our captains and he could very well be a future captain at Michigan."
The next quote was in response to when he got beat in coverage.
"I think in that game too, Boubacar was tired. We lost one of our other corners to an injury and so Boubacar, who was already out there on special teams, played the whole game and he was exhausted by the end of it. But he never once asked out or asked for help. They went after him and after him and he was ready for it. When he got knocked down, he got right back up. He's an extremely tough kid mentally."
Both coaches were also overwhelmed by the week-long efforts of Smith. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound four-star safety out of New Brunswick, N.J., finished with five tackles and a pass break up, making his presence felt consistently.
"Big and physical, big and physical," Prunty said. "In practice, we had to rein in him a bit because I didn't want him hurting some of our kids going over the middle. He's just an aggressive kid, one of those physical freaks that could grow into an outside linebacker but if he stayed at safety could do a lot of damage there too."
And there go two of your highest rated defensive players from that class. This demands the requisite amount of eye rolling and head bang on the keyboard. Damn.