Georgia continues to get elite prospects on campus every day this month and on Wednesday the Dawgs will once again host one of its top edge targets as IMG Academy five-star Samuel M’Pemba makes his way back to Athens. The St. Louis native is considered the nation’s No. 26 overall prospect, No. 3 edge defender, and No. 6 overall recruit in Florida per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. The 6-foot-3.5, 240-pound played mostly wide receiver and tight end as a junior but will make his mark on defense at the next level. New outside linebackers coach Chidera Uzo-Diribe Already held an established relationship with M’Pemba and got him on campus in April for the G-Day spring scrimage.
“He was at Kansas before TCU and he was actually recruiting me when he was at Kansas,” M’Pemba said. “That was my freshman year. Now, we are talking every day. Him and Coach [Will] Muschamp.”
M’Pemba will take his first official visit next week, to Oregon. Georgia and Miami are programs he has said will definitely get official visits this fall, with Alabama and Notre Dame also possible options. Below is the 247 Sports Scouting Report on M’Pemba from February.
“One of those prospects you take now and then figure out the position later. Has the frame – and skill set – to be molded into a variety of different things at the next level. Got snaps on both sides of the ball his first few years back while in St. Louis before transferring into the national powerhouse that is IMG Academy while being home primarily as a large slot out. Found success in that role as he can create some separation and move the chains working the lower numbers of the tree, but seems to have the most developmental upside as a pass rusher, hence why he’s expected to focus mainly on being a defender during his senior season. as he runs the arc. Will eventually need to develop a full menu of moves and learn how to find his run fits, but has the initial burst to be an effective edge player on Saturdays. Testing profile (30-inch vertical jump and 4.5 shuttle ) also suggest that he could potentially drop back into coverage in certain situations. Might need some time to figure things out after juggling two positions, but large hands and favorable wingspan shouldn’t be overlooked as he doesn’t appear to be anywhere close to being taped out (believed to hovering right around 6-4, 235 pounds winter after junior year). Could thrive as a blitzing linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. NFL potential.”
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