European DT Jeffrey M'ba Makes Last Second Switch, Will Play for St. Frances After All

European DT Jeffrey M'ba Makes Last Second Switch, Will Play for St. Frances After All

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European DT Jeffrey M'ba Makes Last Second Switch, Will Play for St. Frances After All

Just two days ago, French 2019 defensive tackle Jeffrey M’ba informed WolverinesWire that he would be attended Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for his senior season, not St. Frances Academy.

Jump to Aug. 27, and M’ba switched his high school decision back to St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Finally I’m coming to St. Frances,” M’ba said, who’s 2018 season will be his first in the United States. “It’s not me, it’s my family. My uncle changed the decision. I will make for a better player (at SFA) and can play with a college in the future.”

Originally, there was a clog in M’ba’s paperwork, according to St. Frances coach Henry Russell. The issues with his paperwork halted his return from France to the United States. M’ba only returned to America on Saturday.

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 for the Panthers.

“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.”

St. Frances plays St. Joseph’s Prep on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Maryland.

“I prefer to train hard and I know it will happen fast, but the next game is Friday, so I will work accordingly,” M’ba said. “I’m going to try to start but I don’t know because I just arrived.”

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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