2017 DE Nelson Mbanasor (© Greg Powers/SCOUT)

Breaking Down Texas Tech Early Enrollee Nelson Mbanasor

Scout and RaiderPower.com take a closer look at Texas Tech signee and early enrollee Nelson Mbanasor, a top 10 defensive end in Texas for 2017.


Signing Day Spotlight

Nelson Mbanasor, Defensive End, Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson

Size: 6-3, 270

Recruiting: Mbanasor committed Nov. 1 to Texas Tech and remained pledged to the Red Raiders through the fall semester before enrolling for the spring at Texas Tech. Mbanasor was a longtime Oklahoma State pledge who re-opened his recruitment in October before committing to the Red Raiders. He also got offers from programs such as Arkansas, Colorado, Duke, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Purdue, and several others.

Rankings: Scout ranks Mbanasor as the No. 8 defensive end in the state of Texas' 2017 class. That puts him No. 68 nationally among senior D-ends.


2016: For the second consecutive season, Mbanasor was a first-team all-district performer. He also earned second-team all-Central Texas honors from the Austin American-Statesman.

2015: As a junior, Mbanasor recorded 46 tackles, eight sacks, and one forced fumble to earn first-team all-district accolades.

NOTE: Mbanasor's older brother (P.J. Mbanasor) plays cornerback at Oklahoma.

Senior highlights

Evaluation notes

Nelson Mbanasor is an FBS-caliber defensive lineman who plays with a high motor and is solid at several different things. He moves around Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson High School's multiple-front defense, going from the odd-front end spots to an even-front tackle position.

Mbanasor plays well in all capacities; his versatility, combined with a frame that is still developing and has room to add bulk, make him an intriguing defensive line prospect who could fit a couple of different positions depending on scheme/front. His best fit at the next level is likely in an even-front defense, especially a strong-side end role, or as a one-gap tackle.

Strength is obvious in his ability to fight through blockers to make plays, especially against the run. Mbanasor possesses the potential to be an even tougher assignment vs. the run with improved leverage consistency and a more explosive punch.

Overall, a Mbanasor is a versatile, hard-nosed defensive lineman with a blue-collar style and plenty to offer a college program. - Gabe Brooks

  • Disengaging skills
  • Intensity/motor
  • Strength

Areas to Improve
  • Explosion
  • Leverage

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