BSD’s recruiting staff sat down for a roundtable on each prospect Penn State signed in the 2020 class. Coming in at No. 14 was three-star defensive tackle Fatorma Mulbah.
What makes you excited about Fatorma Mulbah?
“Other than the fact that he graduated from my high school? Mulbah is a freak athlete that you’ll hear all about in the weight room. His numbers are similar to Ohio State defensive end Tyreke Smith who was nearly a Nittany Lion himself. Mulbah is a long way from reaching his potential, but if he does so...” --Clay
What worries you about Fatorma Mulbah?
“It’s all about refinement for Mulbah. The burst and athleticism are there, but Mulbah still plays like someone who is new to football — which makes sense since Mulbah didn’t even know what football was five years ago when he arrived in the United States. Still, it’s a valid concern because for as much growth as he showed between his junior and senior seasons, Mulbah still plays a rudimentary game. We’ll see what defensive line coach Sean Spencer can do, because if Mulbah reaches his potential, he’s a game-changer.” --Patrick
Do you think Fatorma Mulbah will be redshirted next season? Around what point of his career do you think he pushes for meaningful playing time?
“Mulbah is already a big, strong dude. He is also explosive off the ball. However, he is still extremely raw and is still new to football. Due to this he will need a few years to learn from Sean Spencer before he is ready to hit the field. But 2-3 years from now, Mulbah could start to round into one heck of a defensive tackle.” --Marty
What is your projection for Fatorma Mulbah: depth provider, starter, multi-year starter, all-conference, all-american?
Clay: Starter. I think it takes a while for Mulbah to reach the top of the depth chart, but when he does he could be a game changer. He’s got Kevin Givens like pop with significantly more size.
Marty: Multi-year starter. Mulbah is a few years away, but his ceiling is as high as any defensive player in this class. If he puts it all together, he could be an All-B1G level performer.
Patrick: Depth provider, but very well could be an All-American. Mulbah might have the highest potential out of anyone in the class.
Lastly, where do you have Fatorma Mulbah ranked in Penn State’s class?