5-star Sameul M’Pemba sets commitment date, finalists

One of Georgia’s key remaining goals for the 2023 cycle has set its announcement date and named its finalists. IMG Academy Five Star Samuel M’Pemba posted on his Twitter account Monday afternoon that he plans to choose between the Vols, Florida, Miami and Georgia and he plans to announce his college choice on December 4th. The St. Louis native is ranked #29 in the nation, #4 in edge defenders and #8 in Florida recruits, according to the industry-compiled 247Sports Composite. The 6-foot-3.5, 250-pound played mostly wide receiver and tight end as a junior but will excel at the next level on defense.

New coach for external linebackers Chidera Uzo Diribe already had an established relationship with M’Pemba and brought him to campus for the G-Day spring scrimmage in April. He was back in Athens in June and most recently returned to Georgia on an official visit over the weekend of November 5 to celebrate the Bulldogs’ 27-13 win over Tennessee.

He was in Kansas before TCU and actually recruited me when he was in Kansas,” M’Pemba said. “That was my freshman year. Now we talk every day. He and coach [Will] Muschamp.”

“It’s everything,” M’Pemba told 247Sports Southeast Recruiting Analyst Andrew Ivins when asked what he likes about UGA. “The coaching staff. The people up there. The environment. I really like Georgia.”

Uzo-Diribe has connected with the five-star prospect.

“I like him a lot,” M’Pemba said. “I hang out with him a lot. That’s my type, man. I played Madden the other day. We have a really good relationship. He’s a good guy. I like him outside of football and as a football coach too.”

Below is the 247Sports Scouting Report on M’Pemba from February.

“One of those perspectives that you take every once in a while and later figure out the position. Has the framework – and the skills – to be molded into a variety of different things at the next level. Got snaps on both sides of the ball in his early years back when he was at home in St. Louis before moving on to national powerhouse IMG Academy and used primarily as a big slot wideout. He 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 appears to have the greatest developmental advantages as a pass rusher, which is why he’s expected to focus primarily on his senior season focused on being a defender while running the bow. Eventually needs to develop a full menu of moves and learn how to find his running fits, but has the initial blast to be an effective edge player on Saturdays. Test profile (30″ vertical jump and 4.5 shuttle) also suggest he could potentially go back to cover in certain situations. Might take some time to figure things out after juggling two positions, but big hands and a favorable wingspan shouldn’t be overlooked as he doesn’t look remotely like he’s been taped (it’s thought he’s right around the 6-4, 235 lbs floats winter after junior year). Could thrive as a lightning linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. NFL potential.”

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