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Samuel Mbake: “Coach Norvell Sees Greatness in Me”

Samuel Mbake, a wide receiver from IMG via Kennesaw, GA, received an offer from Florida State on Tuesday. The Seminoles joined a group of 20 schools in the race for one of the top players in the nation for the 2022 class. We caught up with Samuel to talk about his recruitment and how the FSU offer impacts his process.

Samuel Mbake is a big-time player for the 2022 recruiting class. At 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, the 4-star standout compared himself to one of the best rookie wide receivers in the NFL last year in D.K. Metcalf.

“I am a deep threat who is going to go at you from the start of the game until the whistle, maybe a little after the whistle,” said Mbake. “I mold my game after D.K. Metcalf because like him I like to bully defenders. I think I can manhandle them. Don’t get me wrong, I am quick off the line too with quick feet.”

FSU joins a large group of colleges recruiting Mbake, and his list of offers is growing by the day. 

“Everything is kind of piling on right now,” Mbake said about his recruitment. “The FSU offer is a big one, one of the biggest I have. Ohio State and Alabama are recruiting me but have not offered me yet. They want me to come to camp and see me in person before they offer. I am open to all schools. I want to go to a school that wants me and a school I can make an impact at.”

Mbake says that he is interested in the Noles for a few reasons, from friends talking about it to the new staff, he says he’d like to get to campus for a visit as soon as possible.

“My friends Chad (Mascoe) and Miles Morris have been telling me a lot about FSU and how I need to make it there for a visit,” Mbake said. “They said it is a school that is fun to visit and has one of the top atmospheres in the country. I know Chad decommitted but he is still very interested in FSU. That doesn’t sway my interest in them. Since they both said that I thought I might as well check it out. I also like how Coach Norvell and Coach Dillingham throw the ball a lot. As a receiver, I like that.”

Coach Norvell is the coach from FSU that extended the offer to Samuel. The new FSU coach feels that Mbake has a bright future on the next level and thinks he fits well with what  FSU wants to do on offense. 

“Coach Norvell offered me, and he told me he sees greatness in me,” Mbake said. “He said if I came to FSU he could make me a greater player and that I am a legend in the making. I believe what he is telling me because he also pointed out things that I want to work on in my game, key points I know I need to improve on. He’d like me to get up there and visit as soon as possible, maybe April 15th if this virus clears up, or probably in the summer.”

Last season Samuel had 650 yards and 7 scores while averaging a ridiculously impressive 35 yards per catch. He says that he wants to work on his overall game as he runs just a couple of routes for his school.

“I run a lot of go routes and slants, and I am used in the screen game inside the 10,” said Mbake. “When teams line up in a Cover 4 and are off, we run a quick slant. The tackle will kick the cornerback out which allows me to get loose. All I need is a little crease to make the play.”

“I want to get better and learn how to use my speed, and I want to run as a slot more,” continued Mbake. “I want to get leaner and faster. I want to get better at using my body. I want to run sharper routes and work on things like my form and getting deeper in my breaks. Just being a consistent route runner.”

Mbake is a recruit to keep an eye on for 2022. We will track his upcoming junior season and pending visit to FSU this offseason.


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