Stephan Nembot is 6 feet 7 and 250 pounds, runs fast, works hard, is constantly improving and has become one of the big names in southern California for the 2011 recruiting class mainly for those reasons.
B2G Sports co-founder Henry Bell, who works with Nembot most weekends, has seen the vast improvement in only a year and said the Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep prospect is such an intriguing recruit because he's so tall, strong and such a hard worker.
"The kid has improved dramatically from when I met him last year as a rising junior to where he is now is night and day," Bell said. "Even his mentality, the way he approaches the game, he approaches it a lot more as a student than just coming out and being bigger and stronger than everybody.
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"Whoever gets a hold of this kid has the opportunity to redshirt him, develop him, whether he becomes a d-end or an offensive tackle, he's something special because there aren't too many kids running around at his size who have the power and speed. He can run and he's strong as an ox."
Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State have already offered Nembot, rated as the No. 44 strong-side defensive end and No. 72 prospect in the California top 100 of 2011. Many other programs are getting more interested.
His potential makes him even more intriguing because he has all the physical tools to dominate and his work ethic is unquestioned.
Nembot would work out in Ventura County in the morning and then drive to Los Angeles for an afternoon session on Sundays. Bell said Nembot and Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison's Charles Burks were the only recruits to consistently do both.
"This kid's work ethic is something special," Bell said. "He's the hardest working kid probably next to Charles Burks in terms of how many sessions he will get in a weekend. He'll come to our Ventura County camp Sunday morning and then travel down to L.A. in the afternoon. Our camps were far from easy.
"Both of those guys (Burks and Nembot) compete against each other all the time and with that and the coaching we had with the linemen it was really good and he got a lot better because he was able to apply what we were telling him to do against talented kids.
"There are some things he still needs to work on. He still needs to be more flexible. He really hasn't been playing down low with leverage in his life. If he was playing soccer he was straight up, if he was playing basketball he was straight up and down so this is his first time playing from a low position but he has a lot of potential."