Joel Karim Zoungrana of the Champlain (Lennoxville) Cougars is taking his game down south in January. The talented receiver accepted a verbal offer from Boston College (FBS) where he will join Freshmen Eddie Meredith (Toronto) , first year starter Mehdi Abdesmad (Montreal) and Akeel Lynch (Toronto) who verbaled earlier this year.
Joel received his offer after attending BC’s football camp this summer. CFC asked Joel why BC? “I chose BC for many reasons; first of all, it’s a really good school academically and I wanted to have a good educational back up. BC’s staff is great and they are good/reliable people, I have been told by people of trust. Another reason is that they are familiar with Canadians, there are actually 2 or 3 canadians right now and myself and another guy from Ontario are going for next year. Also it is really close to home so I will be able to go home pretty often.”
Joel began his football career in 2008 with Sun Youth, in Montreal. Production started slow but he was spotted by Champlain after running a 4.62 laser timed 40 yard dash at a combine (best at the combine).
Joel did not dress his first season (2009) in order to work on his game. In his 2nd year he was offensive MVP and was selected a CEGEP AAA all star team as a returner. He had 2 return touchdowns and numerous other long returns. This season he played defensive back but was slowed by injury, breaking his hand after week one, ending his season
When asked who he would like to thank Joel commented, “I would like to thank both my parents, my family and my friends. A special thanks to Coach Spy (Spiro Feradouros) from Concordia University, who helped me get in touch with BC and other schools and influenced my decisions in football and my life in general. Special thanks also to Jean Legeault, my 2009-2010 QB who I owe a lot of my amelioration in football…we were on the field 24/7 running routes. Thanks also to my trainers, Sebastien Lajeunesse at Peak training in montreal, Samuel Plouffe in sherbrooke and Staxx training in Sherbrooke also (JC Poirier and Eric Joly). Thanks again to those people.”
“I think It’s just my motivation and hard work that got me my scholarship…I always wanted to go to the States to play football right off when I started and I did everything in order to get what I want, thanks again to those who helped me and kept me motivated.”
Picture: Champlain Cougars – #9