Imagine trying to teach a 6ft 5 and 290lb hero from Germany to swim.
Anthony Rouzier, his football coach at Santa Margarita School, calls him “a hippopotamus; dancing bear. Kanu had a friend who taught him how to swim and row in the pool so quickly that he tried at least once what every teenager in California tries at least once – surfing.
“I tried it, but it didn’t go so well,” he said. “But it was fun. The beach is so beautiful. “
When Canu arrived in Santa Margarita from Geltendorf on October 9, 2020, he was a former footballer who tried playing football for the first time while learning English. He left his family to stay with a host family in hopes of fulfilling his new dream of getting a college football scholarship.
After recording two tackles for losing his second game last spring against Bellflower St. John Bosco, he said he had received eight scholarship proposals. He was 27 when he entertained reporters at Trinity League Media Day on August 6. He now has 18 losing rebounds this season and is trying to pick college among football kings – Alabama, Ohio, Notre. Dam, Georgia and Oklahoma.
“My family never expected me to go this far in this process. I am very grateful, “said Kanu, who turned 17 on September 14.” It was amazing. “
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Kanu said he has three options when leaving Germany: visiting Santa Margarita, the IMG Academy in Florida or the NFL Academy in London. He thanks Brandon Collier, founder of Premier Prospects International, for pointing him in the right direction and giving him some early football training. Collier is also a former college roommate of Rouzier who previously trained in Germany.
Kanu said that learning the correct defensive technique was his biggest challenge. He seems to be a quick learner, just like swimming. He played against St. John Bosco’s All-American Attacking Projectile Ernest Green, who was impressed.
“When he knows what he’s doing, be careful,” Green said.
Kanu spent 17 days in schools this summer and visited five camps, each of which taught him new defensive tricks.
“I got so much knowledge from all these college coaches,” he said.
Kanu continued to make progress and will be an important entrant for Santa Margarita in the South Division 1st Division playoffs against the No. 3 Anaheim Servite at Orange Coast College on Thursday night.
“His endurance and understanding of long-term requirements is much better,” Rouzier said.
Kanu said that, in his opinion, football helped him get rid of aggression on the field, making it better. Kanu’s mother came from Germany, which increased his excitement.
“I got big, I matured,” he said. “I was a small child when I left. Now I have grown as a man. “
Everyone should understand that he is only superficially touching his abilities.
“He has a lot more room to grow,” Rouzier said.
This is why so many top football schools want to show him the way.