Minnesota lands top in-state prospect Emmanuel Karmo

Minnesota has received a commitment from Minneapolis (Minn.) Robbinsdale Cooper linebacker Emmanuel Karmo, ranked by 247Sports as the state’s No. 1 prospect.

This comes after he took an unofficial visit with the Gophers at the end of March. He also visited earlier in the winter, which is when he was offered a scholarship by Minnesota. Defensive line coach Winston DeLattiboudere was the staff member he connected with most on the recent visit.

“I spent most of my time with Coach¬†Deebo and he’s a great dude. The players and the staff love him and he’s just a good dude. What stands out to me is the intensity of the practices and the energy everyone brings. You can tell everyone loves it there. I¬†think I’m serious on considering them right now because of my relationship with the staff,” he said following that visit.

He also said that he grew up saying he would play for Minnesota one day.

Karmo had a top seven of Oregon, Wisconsin, Penn State, Nebraska, Ohio State, USC and Minnesota prior to this commitment. Schools like Kansas and Missouri had also extended recent offers.

The Gophers see the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Karmo as an “R,” their rush position or a WILL linebacker.

In addition to being the state’s top prospect, 247Sports sees Karmo as the No. 64 linebacker nationally. He comes in as a three-star prospect with an 87 rating. He is a four-star per the 247Sports Composite.

He finished his junior season with 48 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, and two sacks with one interception taken back for a touchdown as well as a fumble recovery for a score. Also had 15 receptions for 294 yards and three touchdowns on offense.

The 247Sports Scouting Report on Karmo:
Twitchy, athletic defender who has played several positions but as a junior, was largely a stand-up outside linebacker. Shows short area quickness and burst to the ball. Aggressive and makes a good number of plays in the backfield. Has the tools to be able to play in coverage and has defensive back in his background. Has to find the right fit in a system for his body type and skill set. 3-4 outside backer or a hybrid overhang type of position appear to be the best fits at this point in his development. But given how multiple schools like to be in their defenses, Karmo projects as a chess piece that can find a role in at any school and be an impact defender.

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