DT Jeffrey M’ba (6-6 305) of Independence JC, KS certainly has to be one of the most interesting prospects still available for the 2022 class. Born in Africa, M’ba moved to France when he was four. He eventually came to the United States to pursue a college football career. He played at St. Fraces in Baltimore and at St. Thomas More in Connecticut.
M’ba failed to qualify on the SAT for a college scholarship, so he returned to France for a while. But a coach there suggested he go the junior college route to get major college attention, and he enrolled for this season at Independence. He is on track to finish up in December and he plans to sign that month as well.
USC is looking to add another defensive tackle to the three commitments they have for the 2022 class, and M’ba recently started communications with Gamecock defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey.
“I got him on the phone and talking a little bit, and we stay in touch from time to time,” M’ba said. “I heard from him last week and he told me about the offer, and he wants me to come visit. I feel like when I get some free time I will go over there.”
The earliest a visit to USC would take place, M’ba said, would be after his season in December. He has taken an official visit to Miami, and he has one scheduled to Michigan November 27th for the Ohio State game. And he plans to visit Oregon in December.
M’ba is not all that familiar with USC or the Gamecock program in general. But they do have a way to connect with M’ba thru the legacy of a former player.
“I’m a very big fan of Javon Kinlaw,” M’ba said. “He’s the same size and weight. I watch him on tape and that helps me. I like to watch what tall guys do.”
Other reported offers for M’ba include Southern Cal, Auburn, Arizona State, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, NC State, Tennessee, West Virginia, Missouri and Mississippi State.
Thru eight games this season, M’ba has recorded 35 tackles with 12.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and a scoop and score for 45 yards.