The Bulldogs scored a big recruiting win for the cycle when they secured the services of four-star edge rusher Sam Mpemba in December. The 2023 recruits are expected to sign with Georgia on Wednesday as part of an early signing period.
M’Pemba was a major recruitment win for first-year outside linebackers coach Chidera Uzo-Diribe. With Nolan Smith and Robert Beal moving into his NFL, Edgerusher was a key position for the Bulldogs.
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Sam M’Pemba, Georgia Football 2023 Edgerusher Commit Breakdown
- Height/Weight: 6 ft 3, 235
- School: IMG Academy, St. Louis, Missouri
- Early Enrollee: Yes
- 247 Sports Ranking: 66th Overall, 9th Edge Rusher, 21st Florida Player, 36th Overall, 6th Edge Rusher, 9th Florida Player
- On3 Rankings: 97th Overall, 13th Edge Rusher, 15th Florida, 34th Consensus, 4th Edge Rusher, 9th Florida
- Rival ranking: 8th overall, 1st Edge Rusher, 2nd Florida player
- ESPN300 Rankings: 29th Overall, 2nd Edge Rusher, 7th Florida Player
- Finalist: Miami, Tennessee
- All American Game: Under Armor All American Game
- High school stats or honors: 20 tackles, 3.0 tackles lost
- Sentell’s Intel on Sam M’Pemba: “Give him about a year or so to develop and practice to standards in Athens. He’s got great length and athleticism. If you have the time, The former tight end could potentially offer what Nolan Smith did in ‘The Doges’. He doesn’t have to play right away early in the UGA and that could set the table for his ALL-SEC career.
What you need to know about Georgia Football edge rusher Sam Mpemba
Georgia received much-needed good news when Mpemba committed to Georgia on December 4th. The Bulldogs made a big impact on their future at Mpemba the day they learned they were going to be the No. 1 seed overall in his college football playoffs this year.
The Bulldogs were able to beat Tennessee and Miami to acquire Mpemba, the latest prospect heading to Athens from the IMG Academy. Others include Nolan Smith, Warren Brinson, Isaac Nauta, Dalen Everett and Xavian Slay.
One of Mpemba’s teammates at this year’s IMG Academy was fellow edge rusher Gabriel Harris Jr. The pair are set to replace Smith and Beal, who have seen the most snaps at his outside linebacker in Georgia this year.
Georgia is also looking to acquire five-star pass rusher Damon Wilson from Venice, Florida.Adding him along with Mpemba and Harris will help reshape Georgia’s outside.
M’Pemba is still new to soccer games as she didn’t start playing soccer until the seventh grade. During his junior year at IMG his academy, he was playing in his tight end. He is tasked with further development as his outside linebacker in Georgia.
M’Pemba told DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell earlier this year: “You see? I talk to them almost every day. To be honest. I just keep up with them. Only people they get in development. I think the biggest thing for them is development. Absolutely.” surely.”
M’Pemba just missed out on five-star status in the On3 consensus rankings, but enters early contract terms as Georgia’s second-highest-ranked recruit. Only cornerback AJ Harris currently has a higher recruitment ranking.