Samuel M'Pemba, 5-star edge defender, includes 4 SEC teams in final 7
Samuel M’Pemba has picked up 37 scholarship offers during his recruitment. The 5-star prospect is narrowing his focus, revealing the final 7 teams still in the mix on Friday.
M’Pemba shared on Twitter that Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are finalists, along with Miami, Notre Dame and Oregon.
— Samuel M’Pemba (@SMPEMBA5) July 8, 2022
M’Pemba is listed at over 6-3 and 240 pounds. He’s rated as a 5-star edge defender after playing wide receiver as a junior, as explained in the scouting report by 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins:
Got snaps on both sides of the ball his first few years back while home in St. Louis before transferring into the national powerhouse that is IMG Academy and being deployed primarily as a large slot wideout. Found success in that role as he can create some separation and move the chains while working the lower numbers of the route 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. When it comes to getting after the quarterback, has flashed the ability to bend and win with speed 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.
M’Pemba is the No. 26 recruit overall in the class of 2023 on the 247Sports Composite. His highlights from this spring can be viewed below, via Hudl: