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‘Noles make four-star defensive tackle’s top-10

Defensive tackle is one of the more underrated needs in Florida State’s 2020 recruiting class. There’s a good chance ‘Noles star Marvin Wilson won’t be back in Tallahassee for his senior season if he breaks out as expected in 2019, Ja’len Parks was just medically disqualified, and the jury is still out on junior Cedric Woods. That’s a loss of potentially three scholarship players along the interior.

After signing two defensive tackles during the last cycle (Tru Thompson and Malcolm Ray), FSU is going to need at least two once again in 2020. The Seminoles already hold a commitment from three-star DT Emanuel Rogers and are focusing on four-star Jeffrey M’Ba and three-star Damarjhe Lewis after four-star Montra Edwards committed to Missouri on August 13.

M’ba recently narrowed his recruitment down and Florida State made the cut in his top-10 along with Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio State, West Virginia, Penn State, North Carolina, Michigan, Oregon, and Florida.

Basically, it sounds like M’ba is still considering a host of schools and weighing all of his options. The France native originally was expected to sign with Virginia during the class of 2019 but had to reclassify due to academic problems. He decommitted from the Cavaliers on June 20 and the Seminoles promptly offered him on July 4.

The coaching staff needs to get M’ba on campus if they are going to have a shot in his recruitment. However, they may want to make sure he’ll be able to qualify first. M’ba was limited to just four games last season due to his academics but nonetheless, he was impressive. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound defensive tackle finished the 2018 season with three sacks, five tackles for loss, and one safety.

M’ba is an athletic freak who has only played football for one year. He’s already got the body but it’s going to take some time for him to develop the necessary skills to be an impact player. However, if the right program can mold him together, M’ba could turn out to be a star. He’s going to need to make sure his academics are in order first though.

The talented defensive lineman is currently ranked as the No. 321 overall prospect, the No. 28 DT, and the No. 4 player in the state of Connecticut in the 2020 class, earning him a four-star distinction.

 


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