Nation’s Top Junior College Prospect Visiting Tennessee

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    With the 2021 regular season in the rearview, Tennessee’s coaches hit the road this week as they prepare for the early signing period. Now the Vols’ coaches return home as Tennessee will host a group of visitors to campus.

    One of those prospects on Tennessee’s campus in junior college defensive tackle Jeffrey M’ba. The highly sought after junior college transfer arrived in Knoxville Thursday night.

    M’ba ranks as a four-star and the nation’s No. 1 junior college prospect according to both 247sports and the 247sports composite rankings.

    The four-star’s path to college football was not the traditional one. M’ba is a France native before coming to America and playing junior college football at Independence Community College.

    The 6-foot-6, 305 pound defensive tackle released a top five of Miami, Auburn, Missouri, Oregon and Tennessee earlier this fall and has taken or set up official visits to all five schools since.

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    M’ba officially visited Auburn last week for the Iron Bowl and Miami earlier in November. After visiting Tennessee, M’ba heads to Missouri for a midweek official visit before heading further west to see Oregon the final weekend before the early signing period.

    Tennessee defensive line coach Rodney Garner has long been one of the nation’s best recruiters and defensive line coaches. Garner’s in for a busy weekend as two of the Vols’ top official visitors — M’ba and Walter Nolen — are both defensive lineman.

    Nolan would be Tennessee’s highest rated commit and M’ba would be just one of four blue chip commits in Josh Heupel’s first full recruiting class.

    Tennessee currently has 15 commitments and the nation’s No. 22 recruiting class according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.