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December 10, 2013
Eluemunor's long journey brings him to A&M
It's been a long, hard road hard for Lackawanna C.C. 2014 offensive tackle and Texas A&M commit [dbJermaine Eluemunor[/db] and the road finally comes to and end for him when he makes it official and signs with A&M on Dec. 18. He'll get to celebrate a little early as it will be his birthday Friday - and he'll have a few special guests.
"Coach Spavital and I talked yesterday and he told me him and coach Sumlin would be by to see me Friday for my in-home visit," he said. "Coach Spavital told me can't wait for me to get down to A&M because everyone is excited to see me play, but it will be a lot of hard work and that's how I want it."
To get to this point though was not easy for Eluemunor. Born in London, Eluemunor's childhood was not exactly an easy one.
"I grew up in the Camden Town part of London and the area was not a very good area to live," he said. "There were a lot of gangs, a lot of robberies, a lot of stabbings and one time a guy was shot outside my apartment in Camden Town. When I was younger I was scared all the time, but when I got older I went to school with gangs so I got used to it and avoided certain areas at night."
Like most English kids, Eluemunor grew up playing soccer, but that experience came to an abrupt end in his early teens.
"I played soccer from two years old up until I was 13," he said. "When I was 11, though, I had to start playing with the older kids because I was too big for my age - plus, I was too physical, so they kicked me out of soccer."
Eluemunor was left trying to figure out what sport to play next and decided that rugby would be the way to go. When he started playing rugby however, he saw something back in 2007 that changed his life forever.
"Right when I got into rugby I saw the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants play a game on television in Wembley Stadium and I got hooked on American football," he said. "From that point on I would watch NFL news everyday just so I see could more American football and figure the game out."
Fascinated with his new love of American football, Eluemunor went out to try to find places he could play football throughout England. His results were not what he wanted.
"None of the American football was the same in England to the football I would see on TV, so I quit playing football," he explained. "But right about the time I did, I was able to move to America with my family so dad could make a better life for us working hard as a truck driver."
After moving to Denville, N.J. at the age of 14, Eluemunor was able to start trying to achieve the dream he had in England.
"When I got to high school in America I would tell everybody I was going to go in the first round of the NFL Draft," he said. "People would laugh at me, so I have been working hard to go in the top five of the NFL Draft and be the best lineman in the history of football so I can show everybody that anyone can achieve anything if they put their mind to it."
Eluemunor still receives calls from many schools across the nation trying to recruit him, but Eluemunor is still very solid with Texas A&M.
"I really like Texas A&M a lot because I think they can help me achieve my dreams," said Eluemunor. "Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Penn State, South Carolina, Texas Tech, and USC still call me a lot, but I tell them I am signing with A&M."
Eluemunor feels his entire journey has made him who is today and he shutters to think what he might have become if he stayed in England.
"If I was still in England I would probably be in the military or a gang," he said. "I prayed to god everyday that I could move to America and pursue my dream of being an NFL player."
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