Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry is an introduction to 2022 All-American Bowl commitment Sam M’Bake out of Brookwood High School in Gwinnett County.
Sam M’Bake is a name DawgNation might want to commit to memory. When looking at the degree of difficulty of that last name, rest easy.
He called it a “very significant” offer. What led to the timing here?
“I guess he felt like I was a lot more mature and ready for it,” M’Bake said. “At first, he wanted to wait a little bit. He was always feeling me as a pretty good player he just wanted to see me develop and my character and stuff like that.”
Sam M’Bake: The story behind a very talented young man
His “why” for why he wants to excel in the game hits home.
“A bunch of people will not know this but my ‘why’ is my Dad,” M’Bake said. “My Dad is in Africa right now. He’s a pastor out there and I haven’t seen him since I was seven and now with all of this stuff going on, of course, he can’t come home. So my ‘why’ is to make it will be to bring him to the United States so we can all be together once again.”
Sam M’Bake has already committed to play in the 2022 All-American Bowl out in Texas. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
This family leans on its faith. His full name is Samuel Praise M’Bake. He gets that from his father.
“His name is my name,” M’Bake said. “Samuel M’Bake.”
His father is a pastor in Cameroon. M’Bake doesn’t say he is the second of his name, but he is.
“I’m right under him,” M’Bake said of his father.
M’Bake was born in Georgia at Northside Hospital but he went to Cameroon when he was three years old.
He spent four years there before returning to America with his mother. That was the last time he saw his father.
“Yes, sir,” M’Bake said. “I haven’t seen him since I was seven.”
They chat weekly over the WhatsApp, but his father doesn’t know much about American football. Their family background is all about soccer. So if he read something about how his son patterns his game after the traits of two NFL players, it would be lost on him.
M’Bake spent his first two seasons at North Cobb Christian. He moved to IMG Academy for this year but returned to Georgia in order to be closer to his mother during the pandemic. Now he’s back home and ready to do big things with a deep team at Brookwood. He’ll catch spirals from elite 2023 QB prospect Dylan Lonergan and a roster that with tout at least three future Power 5 players at the receiver spot, too.
Who does Sam M’Bake play like?
Check his film below.
Looking at his game, there are some Julio Jones aspects to his play. M’Bake is well over the 6-foot-3 mark and he can flash good speed out on the edge. His frame is already carrying right at 200 pounds.
M’Bake brought up Julio Jones, too. But there are also touches of Seattle Seahawks first-round pick D.K. Metcalf to his game. Those are some players the peak of his potential will bring to mind.
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