Paul Mubenga official visit reaction

2023 Buford (Ga.) three-star offensive lineman Paul Mubenga has 41 reported offers. But there’s something about him that he’s sure most recruitniks and programs for that matter don’t know about him.

“Fact is, I’ve actually only been playing football for two years,” Mubenga told WolverinesWire. “Last year was just my first year starting and with all the success I’ve had. I’ve just come from a year of football so that’s probably what most schools don’t know about.”

Although Mubenga is new to the game, he has offers from LSU, Texas A&M, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Miami, Nebraska, Penn State, Texas, Tennessee and many others. But Michigan piqued his interest when he returned to Ann Arbor for his official visit last weekend.

Mubenga was one of the few to attend the Wolverines’ spring game in April, but this time he wanted to learn more about what the program could offer him rather than just see the Big House scene.

“The difference is how I was really able to get into the academics and how I was able to fit on Michigan’s offense. That was the main difference in this official visit,” Mubenga said. “And just being able to be with the players who are experiencing everything every day. You know what it’s like to be a Michigan football player. So that was the main difference between these two visits.”

With academics at its core, Mubenga was excited to see what Michigan had to offer in terms of what he wants to study and what the program can offer beyond a major.

“Academics, they have everything from alumni to the courses they want me to take,” Mubenga said. “All the support systems around, around the players. As soon as I’m able to get there and have it. And I’m looking for physical therapy in college, and they have that. They also have great resources to get me where I need to go.”

Mubenga definitely felt the love of the coaches as they realized how badly they wanted him to join the program and be part of a winning culture. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder, who could play inside or outside on the offensive line, feels like they’re doing things right at Ann Arbor given what he’s seen.

“A program could be a program, but if you don’t have the right people, if you don’t have the culture, you definitely won’t be a successful program. I think Michigan has it,” he said. “They have the right people, they are a successful program and great culture over there. They have that ahead of all other schools.”

While Mubenga spent most of his time with Raheem Anderson II, his sophomore host, perhaps what was most relevant to him was fraternizing with the entire O-Line, especially Trente Jones, considering he was is also a Georgia transplant.

While there was much to learn, his conversations with Jones were perhaps the most enlightening, as he was able to learn what it’s like to acclimate from the South to the North, whether or not Jones thought it was worth it, and how he was adjusting to his new adopted homeland on.

“My host was Raheem Anderson and he was able to show me around with last year’s starting five. And the new right tackle, Trente Jones, he’s from Georgia here,” Mubenga said. “And I got to talk to him, and he told me how it was, what’s going on in Michigan and how much it takes. Bottom line, it was really worth it for him and he’s really looking forward to the season.

“It often happens when you go from Georgia to Michigan. But the fact that he really told me it’s a great place would never let me down when I make the decision to go there. And how much fun he’s having up there and Coach Moore coming up there to train the offensive line definitely put more juice into the room. Everything over there, he told me, is definitely fun, sometimes it’s serious. But overall the experience he had was amazing.”

Mubenga is scheduled to visit Texas A&M on June 17th and LSU on June 24th. He intends to make a final decision sometime in July.

According to On3 Consensus, Mubenga is ranked No. 531 in the country regardless of his position. Michigan has the lead on both the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine and the 247Sports Crystal Ball. He will choose between the above two schools plus North Carolina, South Carolina and of course Michigan.

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