Christo Bilukidi Q&A

I promised you a Christo Bilukidi Q&A (whether you asked for one or not), and here it is. The defensive tackle has been among the most consistent and productive players for Georgia State this season. He comes to Atlanta with an unusual football past. The son of a diplomat, Bilukidi was born in Angola and lived in France and Brazil before moving to Canada at the age of eight, where he has lived ever since. He can tell the rest.

Q: What was it like living in such disparate places?

A: I was young so it really didn’t bother me. it wasn’t like I was 14, 13. I had friends from the school I went to but it wasn’t too big. The only big transition from Brazil to Canada was the weather, going from real hot real tropical weather to a really cold moderate weather.

Q: You played only one year of high school football. How much did you know about the game?

A: Not a lick. When I got to Canada, I had played soccer and then when I got to high school, I played baskeball and I was really good at basketball. I was getting recruited by Canadian schools to play basketball. And then my final year, my senior year of high school, my football coach approached me and said, ‘Do you want to just try to play football?’ They didn’t have a really good team, so I said O.K. and I played and from there I liked the game.

(Some back story. As a senior, Bilukidi went to what sounds like a combine or exposure camp, where several FBS schools – Louisville, Akron, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Rice recruited him. I guess I’ve covered enough football that I’ve heard of things like this happening, but that’s pretty unusual – a guy playing his first year of football, in Canada, no less, getting attention from FBS schools.)

“The school that I was going to attend was Louisville. I was going to sign with them. They brought me out to an official visit, but then because the courses I took in Canada couldn’t transfer to a university in America, that’s the reason I had to go to junior college.”

(Some more back story, and this is something I bet happens a lot. The coach who had recruited Bilukidi placed him at Eastern Arizona College, but while he was there, he got fired and, ironically, is now coaching in the CFL. So his contact at Louisville got lost. The other schools that had recruited didn’t bother pursuing, apparently, because they figured he would end up at Louisville. Bilukidi said Morgan State and Buffalo also recruited Bilukidi out of JUCO. Defensive line coach Chris Ward recruited him for Georgia State and brought him in for a visit.)

“I saw the school, I met Coach (Bill) Curry. I felt blessed to be down here and that someone wanted to pick me up to play football.”

(This makes me wonder how many more slip through cracks like that. A lot, I bet.)

Q: When did you feel like you were a part of the team?

A: I think when Coach Curry mentioned me in [a team] meeting. I think the Lambuth game, I played every single down and he mentioned my name and just said, ‘A guy like Chirsto, playing every single down for a game, he played his heart out for us.’ That’s when I really felt like I’m part of this team. I’m really contributing to this team.

Q: If you had one play to get to the quarterback, what pass rush move would you use?

A: I like to bully whoever I have in front of me, whether it’s center, tackle or guard. If I have to bull rush and then rip ‘em off from there and then get to the quarterback, that’s probably my favorite move.

Q: Who’s the fastest player on the team?

A: It’d have to be between Demarius (Matthews) or Albert Wilson. I think Albert Wilson is faster because he’s more explosive down the field. When he gets a hole, he’s gone.

Q: Which player has the most game with girls?

A: Sidney (Haynes). We all call him Pretty Boy. He’s tall and he just has that pretty boy face. He keeps himself clean and he has nice clothes and stuff.

Q: What was the biggest culture shock coming to Atlanta?

A: Southern hospitality. It’s different. It’s kind of funny because I tell it to my friends always when I go back home, the colder the city, the more people have that mean look like they have in New York and the East Coast. But the more south you go, the more hot it is, the more friendly, people say hi to you. That’s a huge cuclutre shock moving from the north to the south.

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21 comments Add your comment

GSU

October 22nd, 2010
11:54 am

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 22nd, 2010
11:59 am

Welcome to GSU and ATL Christo!!! I have lived here all my 50 years and this is a great City! We are proud to have you as a PANTHER and we look for great things from you when you are on the PROWL against ODU, S. Alabama, Lamar and Alabama!!! Can’t wait to see you tear those offensive lineman up! Keep up the GREAT work my man! GO PANTHERS!!!

GSU

October 22nd, 2010
12:03 pm

Great blog Ken and very good read. Bilukidi is our most dominant player on the D-line and we’re lucky to have him.

Ken Sugiura

October 22nd, 2010
12:18 pm

thanks, GSU.

Fire Rodney Ho

October 22nd, 2010
12:49 pm

Bilukidi is a beast, we’re lucky to have him.

ATLNative

October 22nd, 2010
12:58 pm

I would think that as we get deeper and deeper into the Age of YouTube, fewer recruits will slip and fall through the cracks. Great story, though! I love hearing that GSU Football is providing opportunities for new talent to emerge.

GStateBen

October 22nd, 2010
1:35 pm

Ken, good work as always. I think this is a tremendous credit to Curry and his staff for uncovering guys like Bilukidi, the Muasau brothers and many, many more.

Tremendous read and glad he’s a Panther! Most dominant defensive player we have on our roster.

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 22nd, 2010
1:48 pm

Good work Ken! And Bilukidi welcome to GSU!

Panama

October 22nd, 2010
3:21 pm

Great read Ken. I can empathize with Christo myself having lived in Chicago, Panama and Atlanta by the age of 14. Three very different climates and cultures. As has already been stated we are lucky to have him and I cant wait to see how he develops next year.

GSU Mens BB Fan

October 22nd, 2010
4:23 pm

So for what country was Christo’s father a diplomat? Angola? France? Brazil? The U.S.? Canada? Just curious.

Panama

October 22nd, 2010
4:31 pm

GSU

October 22nd, 2010
5:41 pm

Bilukidi is going to cause havoc on ODU’s O-line tomorrow. Go get ‘em Christo, bring home the dub!

Itsmeagain

October 22nd, 2010
8:19 pm

Is anyone else here antsy about the game tomorrow?

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 22nd, 2010
11:30 pm

@itsmeagain: I am but I’m antsy any time when I am not watching the game at the dome. I’ll try to see If I can catch it online if not the iPhone espn app does a live play by play.

Panther76

October 23rd, 2010
1:24 am

Just checked. Game is on http://www.channelsurfing.net. Great for out of state alums.
Go Panthers.

Paddy

October 23rd, 2010
7:21 am

How big is Christo compared to most D linemen? Itsmeagain, you have every right to be antsy. ODU can score in bunches and play to a packed stadium every home game(20,000). It will take more than Christo to stop that bunch!

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2010
10:12 am

If you are in Henry County (home of Drew Little), they are playing the game at Three Dollar Cafe. But I think I’m staying at home so I can watch on channel surfing and follow the blog, too. Feather in your cap, Ken!

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 23rd, 2010
10:45 am

Itsmeagain

October 23rd, 2010
11:47 am

I’m saddened by not having a tailgate to organize today. But it feels damn nice to sleep in on a Saturday (and not be drinking breakfast at 10 in the morning from a keg).

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
1:12 pm

thanks, times2. i’ll try to live up to your expectations.
christo is 6-4, 285. he’s just a little bit light on the prototype fbs tackle. just this week, actually, joseph gilbert was saying the tackles he generally saw at tech were between 295 and 305.
working on the game-thread blog.

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October 25th, 2010
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