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Posted at 1:52 PM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Crusoe Gongbay commits to New Mexico

By Alan Goldenbach

Rockville All-Met running back Crusoe Gongbay will sign with New Mexico on Wednesday morning, but the long road to college for the Washington area's leading rusher isn't complete just yet.

Gongbay, who has been very candid about his acadmic missteps during the first half of his high school career, still needs to boost his standardized test score in order to qualify, according to Rockville Coach Kevin Bernot.

Bernot said Gongbay plans to take the SAT two more times - on March 12 and May 7 - needing to raise his score about 60 points. The goal, Bernot said, is for Gongbay to focus on the math section for one date, and the reading section for the other.

"It's looking pretty promising," Bernot said, acknowledging how far Gongbay has come since the start of his junior year. "We think it's going to work out."

Gongbay rushed for an area-best 2,140 yards with six 200-yard games, and scored 33 touchdowns last season, despite being the focal point of every opposing defense. His 5,137 rushing yards and 71 touchdowns the past three seasons were more than anyone else in the area over that span.

Gongbay is the sixth Washington area player to commit to New Mexico, following Northwestern's Daniel Adams, Good Counsel's Zach Dancel, and McDonough's Jamal Price. Additionally, Wilson defensive back Lovie Banks-Rose gave the Lobos a commitment last weekend, and Sherwood's Jamal Merritt switched his pledge from Ohio to New Mexico.

By Alan Goldenbach  | February 1, 2011; 1:52 PM ET
Categories:  Crusoe Gongbay, New Mexico  
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Comments

I'm pretty sure Mike Locksley could sell ice to the Eskimos. I wish these kids all the best, but Locks was lucky to survive this year. At 2-22, and with a number of off-field issues, they better turn things around in a hurry this season, or the guy who talked them into going to New Mexico will be gone by December.

Posted by: sollazo | February 2, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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