GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Top-200 overall recruit Mohamoud Diabate visited Florida for the first time Wednesday.
The 4-star linebacker from Auburn, Ala., received an offer from the Gators two months ago and has been building a relationship with the coaching staff. After visiting Florida State on Tuesday, Diabate made the trip down to Gainesville with his parents in tow.
“It was a great experience being at Florida and checking out the facilities, the campus and talking to the coaches,” he told SEC Country. “Florida has been recruiting me for a couple months. I’m interested in what they’re doing and what they could be in the future with the new coaches.
“I just wanted to check out the university because I’ve never been, so I decided to come down here for me family and check it out. They loved it, especially the education portion of the visit. They loved the campus and they thought it was an amazing place.”
Diabate said he wanted to see the education aspect of the college and learn more about the Gators’ 3-4 defense. After spending the day on campus and asking questions, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect feels that Florida is a fit for him both academically and athletically.
“I talked to one of the advisors in the college of engineering and he gave me some valuable advice,” Diabate said. “We toured the academic center and it really impressed me. It was brand new and up to date. They had tutors and everything I would need as a student-athlete at the university. I was really happy with what I saw.
“The coaches answered all the football questions I had through film. Just seeing pure tape of the defense helped me understand what it’s about and what my position does. I’ll be the Will linebacker, so I’ll play on the weakside and on third downs I’ll rush the passer. Watching the film really helped me answer those questions.”
Diabate is ranked the nation’s No. 14 outside linebacker and No. 191 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite. He plans to make his decision during the early signing period and claims no leaders at this time, but holds offers from schools such as Alabama, FSU, LSU and Michigan.
Florida coach Dan Mullen, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and defensive line coach Sal Sunseri are all recruiting Dibate in a group effort.
“I talked to Coach Mullen, Coach Grantham and Coach Sunseri on a regular basis. I’m talking to one of them almost every day,” Diabate said. “I have a good relationship with all three of them and I can tell that they want me to be part of the program. That makes me really happy and I’ll be back for another visit sooner or later.”
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