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The Next 25: End or linebacker, you’ll remember No. 7’s name — NaNa Osafo-Mensah

Private school star has propelled himself into one of 2019's top defensive recruits in the state.

Posted June 20th, 2017

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Scouting the state’s top recruits for the 2019 class:

No. 7: NaNa Osafo-Mensah, outside linebacker, Fort Worth Nolan Catholic

FYI: 6-4/215; 4-stars

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Texas offer: No

Top offers: Texas A&M, UCLA, Georgia, Notre Dame

College: Undecided

Scouting Osafo-Mensah: Position versatility makes Osafo-Mensah one of the top prospects in the 2019 class. The four-star recruit can play defensive end or outside linebacker, depending on the scheme. He’s athletic enough to play in a two-point stance as an outside rusher and strong enough to play in a three-point stance as a traditional defensive end. He’s best when attacking downhill and will need to improve at space to stay at outside linebacker. As he adds weight to his frame, it is likely Osafo-Mensah transitions full-time to defensive end.

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. Brian WilliamsSBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Undecided
2. Arjei HendersonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Undecided
3. Kenyon GreenOTHumble Atascocita (6A)LSU
4.Theo WeaseWRAllen (6A)Undecided
5.Jordan Whittington WRCuero (4A)Undecided
6.Austin StognerTEPrestonwood Christian (TAPPS)Oklahoma
7.NaNa Osafo-MensahOLBFt. Worth Nolan Catholic (TAPPS)Undecided
8.Grant Gunnell QBSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Texas A&M
9.Deondrick GlassRBKaty (6A)Undecided
10.Kam BrownWRColleyville Heritage (5A)UCLA
11.Marcus StriplingDEMayde Creek (6A)Undecided
12.Nelson CeasarDEFort Bend Ridge Point (6A)Undecided
13.Marcel BrooksOLBFlower Mound (6A)Undecided
14.Roschon JohnsonQBPort Neches-Groves (5A)Undecided
15.DeMarvin LealDEConverse Judson (6A)Undecided
16.Jalen CurryWRStafford (4A)Undecided
17.Jalen CatalonSMansfield Legacy (6A)Undecided
18.Marquez BeasonATHBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Undecided
19.Garrett WilsonWRLake Travis (6A)Undecided
20.Hunter SpearsDESachse (6A)Undecided
21.Demani RichardsonSWaxahachie (6A)Undecided
22.Tyler JohnsonOTConroe Oak Ridge (6A)Undecided
23.Deion HankinsRBEl Paso Parkland (5A)Undecided
24.EJ Ndoma-OgarOGAllen (6A)Undecided
25.Grant TisdaleQBAllen (6A)Undecided

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