5-star Florida edge target plans official visits for fall

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As football season approaches, the amount of available talent in the  recruiting class lessens. Elite prospects often prefer to have their future decided before their senior year begins, and many will graduate early to enroll in the spring. Edge rusher Samuel M'Pemba is one of the few remaining uncommitted five-star recruits in the class, and he’s likely to make his announcement during the season.

Right now, he has an idea for four of the five official visits he plans to take during the fall, and Florida isn’t in the mix just yet, according to 247Sports. The Gators are one of the schools M’Pemba named to his top seven at the beginning of July though, so there’s a chance he does stop by the Swamp again.

“I haven’t really locked in any yet,” M’Pemba said. “But I should be at Notre Dame vs. Clemson, Georgia vs. Auburn and Oregon vs. Stanford. Miami, I haven’t figured that out yet. Same with the last one.”

The Gators recently hosted M’Pemba for a meeting on Friday, the same day as Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp. He said he was there to see the new staff again after the dead period was lifted, but didn’t hint at a potential visit.

If he were to pencil in an official visit, the highest-profile home game Florida has on its schedule is against LSU on Oct. 15. That date also fits nicely into the schedule of games he mentioned, assuming those visit dates hold.

M’Pemba is ranked No. 25 overall in the class of 2023 and No. 2 among edge rushers. He’s also an in-state kid; he is ranked No. 7 among recruits in the Sunshine State.

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