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A Michigan football freshman talent that should have fans excited

The Michigan Wolverines have an impressive under-the-radar talent that should be getting more attention from the fans.



Michigan football freshman talent
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The 2023 season is right around the corner, and with it comes new faces and names for Wolverine fans to know. One name that should have Michigan fans excited is brand new Michigan football freshman talent Aymeric Koumba, who just signed with the team as a member of the 2023 recruiting class. Despite being an under-the-radar talent (according to Jim Harbaugh), Koumba could stand out during his time in the Maize and Blue, and has received nothing but praise from the Wolverines’ head coach.

Michigan football fans should be excited about Aymeric Koumba

As a high school recruit, Aymeric Koumba was rated as a consensus three-star recruit and was ranked just inside of the top 850 prospects nationally. Still, the French native is thought to be one of the steals of Michigan’s newest freshman class, and according to Jim Harbaugh, his ceiling is sky-high.

According to the 247 Sports composite rankings, Aymeric Koumba was a three-star defensive EDGE recruit, and was ranked as the No. 842 recruit in the class, the No. 80 EDGE in the 2023 class, and the No. 1 recruit in France. He attended Pionniers de Touraine High School over seas, and boasts an impressive 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame — he is the first French-born player to sign with the Michigan Wolverines’ football program.

What does Jim Harbaugh have to say about his new French talent?

Here is what the Wolverines’ head coach, Jim Harbaugh, had to say about this rising Michigan football freshman talent following National Singing Day.

“Yeah, he speaks to more languages than I do. I speak American — English, I guess would be the better way to say that! We’ll get some emails on that! But he speaks French African dialect and English. And we discovered him at a satellite camp in Georgia and got to work with him. Also at the TCU camp. A very under-the-radar talent, raw football player with a very high ceiling. Lots of potential. The first player to sign the scholarship today with our program, he signed it from France.

“Brandon Collier who does a tremendous job with some of the foreign players — he’s been a tremendous ally to a lot of the foreign players and we know him well. And Aymeric is one of their premier international players. Same organization that Julius Welschof came out of.”

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.