Jeffrey M’Ba is one in every of the most highly-recruited prospects in America, hauling in 30 provides since arriving on the Junior College scene at Independence C.C. in Kansas. He has agreed to give Sports activities Illustrated unique entry into his world by chronicling his journey to soccer from his time in France to his recruitment and preparation for his upcoming dedication determination.
Whats up everybody! I’m Jeffrey M’Ba, a defensive lineman at Independence in Kansas.
I used to be born in Gabon, Africa and lived there till I used to be 4 years previous after I moved to La Roche-sur-Yon, France. I’ve two brothers on my mother’s facet in France and two brothers on my dad’s facet in Africa. I’m excited to share my story with you!
Football may be very new to me. I simply began enjoying three years in the past in France, after my good friend and his dad satisfied me to attempt soccer by telling me that I’d be actually good at it. I used to be enjoying soccer, so studying soccer was all very new to me.
I used to be in vogue faculty in France, two hours away from my hometown. Two hours just isn’t quite a bit in America, however two hours is quite a bit in France. So, with soccer, I did one apply after I made a decision to play, then they have been like, “we’ve a sport subsequent week.”
I didn’t know the guidelines, however I knew I used to be going to play, and I did. They only advised me to seize the man in entrance of me, throw him out of the manner and chase the man with the ball, so that’s what I did. I overlook my stats, however I blew up all people, and I used to be working round as a result of I didn’t know the guidelines, and I simply tried to get the ball. That was type of a enjoyable begin to soccer.
So after 4 video games, I went to play in Pole France Aquitaine de Football towards the finest soccer gamers in France, and I had success straight away after two video games. So I began to suppose, perhaps I’m good at this. So, I used to be like perhaps I can actually do one thing with this, so I got here right here to America to play soccer.
I ended up at St. Thomas Extra in Connecticut after I began at St. Frances Academy in Maryland, although I used to be supposed to go to Canada like the many different French soccer gamers do. I needed to play soccer in America and get an opportunity to play school soccer right here.
After the first day I obtained there, I obtained supplied by Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State — so at that time, I used to be like, perhaps I’m higher than even I believed. It was loopy getting supplied by Michigan and Ohio State, I used to be watching them, and it was so loopy to get supplied by them.
Sadly, at the finish of my season, my grades from France and SAT and ACT weren’t in place for me to go to a college when it was time for me to signal. I had to de-commit from Virginia and go into the 2020 class, however after that, I nonetheless had to get issues proper, so I returned residence to work on it.
With some assist from one in every of my coaches, I used to be ready to come again to America and have an opportunity to play at Independence. My coach right here advised me, “Hey, you need to be nice, then come play for me at Independence as a result of I do know after Independence you’re going to be nice.”
So, I adopted what he advised me.
After I got here right here to Kansas, I’m not going to lie to you, it was onerous in the starting. I stored working with Coach (Keith) Donerson and Coach Pierre Leonard, my D-line coaches, right here throughout my COVID season, and it paid off.
Coach Donerson simply advised me that I used to be the primary junior school participant in the nation earlier this week, and I didn’t consider him. I used to be like, ‘what are you speaking about?’ However, I’m, and it’s all so loopy, however I simply have to hold working.
Now, you already know extra about me, and I’m excited to share extra of my journey as I begin taking extra visits very quickly! I can’t wait to share about them and my recruitment with you guys later!