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Profiles in Terpage: Mbi Tanyi

Our series continues with a freshman defensive lineman who comes to College Park from Texas

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Mbi Tanyi, freshman, defensive end, No. 61


Height: 6'1"

Weight: 280

Collegiate stats: N/A

High school: George Bush High School (Houston, TX)

High school stats (Senior Year): 26 tackles (15 solo), seven tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks

Composite recruiting rating: Three stars (0.8270), No. 68 strong side defensive end, No. 166 recruit in Texas, via 247Sports.

Who Maryland beat: Washington, Houston, Air Force,

High school highlights:

How'd He Get to College Park?

Tanyi verbally committed to Maryland in June 2014 and is the only Texan in the class of 2015. In high school, he was named District 23-5A first team All-District as well as team MVP his senior season. He was a two-way player on the football team playing defensive and offensive line, and also competed in shot put and discus for the Bush track and field team. Tanyi was initially recruited by Maryland coach, Keenan McCardell and saw Maryland as "the perfect fit" for him. Via 247Sports:

"I’ve always wanted to find a school that had coaches over there that value education more than [football]. I’m a competitive person, I want to win just as much as the next person, but I want somebody who has that kind of mentality, that kind of character, but they also value education. Coach Edsall, I feel like him and his staff definitely do that and it’s a perfect fit for me."

He talked to Testudo Times in January and had a lot to say about his recruitment and his style of play, comparing his game to that of NFL Hall of Famer, John Randle.

Career Highlight:

Being named first team All-District in high school and team MVP for George Bush High School.

Dream Season:

He works hard in practice and sees playing time by next year.

2015 Prospectus:

The first depth chart for the 2015 season was released recently and Tanyi is listed as the 4th string defensive end on the left side of the line. With a handful of former linebackers moving to the defensive line, it is unrealistic for Tanyi to see many snaps, if any this season. Despite being listed on the depth chart, there is still a chance he could be redshirted which would probably be the best option for him. It would save Tanyi a year of eligibility and allow him to continue to develop, helping him see more snaps next year as a redshirt freshman.

Up Next:

Our next player was 2011's Baltimore Sun All-Met Defensive Player of the year but figures to start on the offensive side of the ball this year.


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