French 2019 DT Jeffrey M'ba to Attend Quality Education Academy, Not St. Frances Academy

French 2019 DT Jeffrey M'ba to Attend Quality Education Academy, Not St. Frances Academy

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French 2019 DT Jeffrey M'ba to Attend Quality Education Academy, Not St. Frances Academy

UPDATE: Jeffrey M’ba has informed WolverinesWire that his paperwork has finally been accepted at St. Frances Academy. He will attend school at the program in Baltimore and is planning to be active for the Panthers game on Aug. 31 against St. Joseph’s Prep. 

On Aug. 24, class of 2019 defensive tackle Jeffrey M’ba arrived back in the United States from France.

The high-level prospect was supposed to play for Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances Academy, but coach Henry Russell said M’ba will not be at the school this season due to paperwork issues.

Instead, he is now joining Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Fighting Pharaohs are 0-1 this season but are now adding M’ba to the roster for his senior year.

“I think I’ll be playing against NC Stars on Saturday,” M’ba said.

QEA and the NC Stars will be squaring off on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. The game will be M’ba’s first on American soil.

M’ba came to the United States from France in April, joining a powerhouse St. Frances Academy. Then, he returned to his home country to finish his junior year of high school, watched his team win the World Cup and is now finally returning to America for QEA.

“I love soccer and to see my country win the World Cup was crazy,” M’ba said. “I saw the matches with my family and needed to see them win. It’s a big moment like the Super Bowl in the USA because it’s the national sport in my country.”

The defensive lineman played in France for Pole France de Football Americain for coaches Ben Dacosta and Yvan Lippens. He is thankful for the opportunity his old team gave him to make the move across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States.

“The condition in the United States and Europe are very different,” M’ba said. “The training facilities and coaches you have for skill development is different. I feel like training in the U.S. facilities will make me an animal.”

After coming to the United States, the 6-foot-5, 285 pounder picked up offers from Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Georgia.

“I like Michigan but I prefer to stay focused on my first year of American high school,” M’ba added. “I would like to visit to see the stadium and infrastructure. The stadium is unbelievable.”

On top of just coming to the United States five months ago, M’ba only began his football career in January. Before, he was a soccer player.

“I remained motivated and focused despite my lack of experience,” he said.

M’ba is originally from Gabon and Cameroon. He moved to France when he was four years old.

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