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Mouf Adebo a major sleeper on defense

11/21/2011

At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, Mouf Adebo (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield) has the size to play outside linebacker. Possessing 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, Adebo also has the quickness to be an effective cornerback or safety.

However, watching the highly-underrated senior line up at defensive end is where he's most appreciated. Most players his size are overpowered by bigger, stronger offensive tackles, but Adebo has shown that a healthy combination of speed, strength and football intelligence can go a long way.

Adebo is one of several leaders on a very good defense that has been the backbone for Mansfield’s impressive playoff run. The Tigers made it to the third round of the Texas Class 5A Division II playoffs by shutting down a solid Denton (Texas) Guyer team on Saturday night. Adebo had nine tackles and three sacks, and he returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown.

In Mansfield’s last two games, Adebo has accounted for 20 tackles, nine sacks and three interceptions -- two of which he returned for touchdowns.

“I describe my game as beating whoever’s in front of me and getting to the ball,” Adebo said. “I want to make sure the person in front of me is more tired than I am after the game. I hope I can give them a workout.”

Adebo plays on the line opposite four-star defensive end and Texas commit Hassan Ridgeway. He also teams up with ballhawking playmakers such as uncommitted defensive tackle Malcolm Thompson, promising 2013 linebacker Chad Whitener and Watch List safety George Baltimore.

Adebo has the skills to play any position on the defensive side, but he said he’s most comfortable at defensive end, primarily because that’s been his position throughout high school. Ironically, Adebo said he has yet to receive any interest, let alone an offer. As the postseason continues, Adebo is using the time spent to show colleges that he’s arguably one of the biggest sleepers in Texas.

“I’ve been playing defensive end for a long time now,” Adebo said. “I know what to do and what not to do in certain situations. But I will play anywhere, and I can play anywhere on defense. Whatever you want from me, I’ll do it.”