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5-star Target To Watch Georgia Bulldogs Take on Missouri Tigers

September 27, 2022

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ATHENS - Once again, one of the top defenders in the entire 2023 class is set to watch Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs in person.

Of course I’m talking about 5-star EDGE, Samuel M'Pemba‍.


An elite EDGE defender out of IMG Academy, M’Pemba is a dynamic pass rusher at 6-foot-4 240-pounds who was in Athens earlier this month to watch the Bulldogs defeat Samford. He was also in Athens back in April for Georgia’s annual G-Day scrimmage. Sources say Georgia was behind multiple schools before his visit to Athens in April, but they’ve surged towards the top of his recruitment over the summer and into this fall.

Now, the 5-star prospect, originally from Missouri, will be in Columbia to watch Georgia battle Missouri.

Sources have told Dawg Post for weeks now that the Bulldogs are the clear team out in front for M’Pemba and took a commanding lead after his visit to the Classic City earlier this month. With the 5-star set to watch the Bulldogs play in-person once more, it’s clear that he has Georgia on his mind. He’s certainly not making the trip to watch Missouri play, so this is another opportunity to watch Georgia’s defense play live.

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M’Pemba’s family is originally from West Africa, but the talented defender grew up in St. Louis. A tremendous athlete with a long, athletic frame, M’Pemba has played multiple positions and has found a spot as an EDGE defender and outside linebacker where he’ll play in college.

The Bulldogs already have one EDGE defender on board in 4-star Gabriel Harris‍ and two true interior defensive linemen on the commit list in four-star Jamaal Jarrett‍ and three-star Seven Cloud‍, although we don’t expect Cloud to end up in Georgia’s class come Signing Day.

M’Pemba is ranked by the 247 Composite Rankings as the No. 2 EDGE defender, the No. 6 prospect in Florida, and the No. 24 overall prospect in the country for the 2023 class. There’s no set timetable for a commitment, but if one were to happen soon, Dawg Post would be very surprised if Georgia was not the pick.

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