Oregon locks in official visit from 5-star athlete from Florida
One of the top prospects in the entire 2023 class will be in Eugene next month on an official visit.
Samuel M’Pemba, a 5-star athlete and the 16th-ranked overall recruit in the 2023 cycle, will take an official visit to Oregon on June 24. The Ducks will host him one week after an official visit to Notre Dame.
Oregon OV ….. June 24 #scoducks 🦆
— Samuel M’Pemba (@SMPEMBA5) May 18, 2022
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound athlete is rated as the No. 2 overall prospect at the athlete position by the 247 Composite and the fifth-best recruit from the state of Florida. M’Pemba plays his ball for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
As a junior during the 2021 season, he primarily played as a wideout, but also spent time on the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker and defensive end. Andrew Ivins, 247Sports’ Southeast region recruiting analyst, had this to say on M’Pemba’s game:
One of those prospects you take now and then figure out the position later. Has the frame—and skill set—to be molded into a variety of different things at the next level. … He can create some separation and move the chains while working the lower numbers of the route tree, but seems to have the most developmental upside as a pass rusher, hence why he’s expected to focus mainly on being a defender during his senior season. When it comes to getting after the quarterback, has flashed the ability to bend and win with speed as he runs the arc. Will eventually need to develop a full menu of moves and learn how to find his run fits, but has the initial burst to be an effective edge player on Saturdays. Testing profile (30-inch vertical jump and 4.5 shuttle) also suggest that he could potentially drop back into coverage in certain situations. Might need some time to figure things out after juggling two positions, but large hands and favorable wingspan shouldn’t be overlooked as he doesn’t appear to be anywhere close to being taped out (believed to hovering right around 6-4, 235 pounds winter after junior year). Could thrive as a blitzing linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. NFL potential.
The Ducks’ 2023 class currently has four known commitments, with two on each side of the ball.
You can view M’Pemba’s highlight tape below, via Hudl: