Florida State recruiting: DB pledge Israel Mukuamu plans to enroll early
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Israel Mukuamu calls Florida State ‘DBU’
The spring and summer months were somewhat of a whirlwind for 3-star safety Israel Mukuamu.
Since March, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound player from Parkway High School in Bossier City, La., picked up more than 10 offers and took visits to programs such as Florida State, Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina.
He committed to the Seminoles on July 24, and he credited the program’s history of developing and grooming bigger defensive backs as one of the reasons he chose Florida State.
“When I visited there, it just felt like home. The type of DBs they recruit, they are my size,” Mukuamu told Florida State DieHards. “They are one of the few schools that told me they feel that I can play every position in the secondary. Going into my decision, that’s what I really wanted: to go to the next level and be able to do that. Most schools recruited me only at safety. But I want to play safety, corner and even nickel at times. Florida State, and Jimbo [Fisher] personally, told me I can play everything. He saw me do it when I went to camp. That’s what basically brought me in.”
Over the years, Florida State has seen big and versatile defensive backs such as Xavier Rhodes, P.J. Williams, Jalen Ramsey and current standout Derwin James play multiple positions in the secondary — which is something that Mukuamu has noticed.
— Israel Mukuamu2️⃣5️⃣ (@IsraelMukuamu) July 24, 2017
“That’s something that I thought about a lot. My trainer, coach Chachi Sullivan, he is the one who got me in contact with Coach [Charles] Kelly, who is the defensive coordinator,” Mukuamu explained. “He told me that Florida State would be a great fit for me because they recruit a lot of big and tall DBs because that’s what they use. They put those type of DBs in the league too. They’re DBU.”
Mukuamu worked out for Fisher and Kelly during the Seminoles summer camp in June. He impressed enough to earn an offer. However, he was traveling with a group of defensive backs, and they were headed to a visit to South Florida the next day, so they were unable tour the campus and view the facilities.
But Mukuamu knew he would have to pass through Tallahassee on his way hometo Louisiana. Still, there was one small problem. The next day was Sunday, June 18 – Father’s Day.
His brother placed a call to Jeremiah Wilson, who is a graduate assistant who coaches defensive backs at Florida State. Wilson called Kelly and informed him that Mukuamu wanted to tour the campus. What happened next left a lasting impression on the standout defender from the Pelican State and his family.
“Coach Kelly was having dinner with his wife,” Mukuamu said. “He came and met us and gave me a tour. He let me see all of the facilities and the dorm rooms and the whole campus. That really meant a lot to me. Florida State is a top program, and for him to leave his family on Father’s Day, I know he didn’t have to do that. That was incredible.”
Mukuamu plans to start out wherever he is needed when he gets to Tallahassee, whether it be safety or corner. He also notes that his arrival date could come a little sooner than expected.
“I’m going to try to come in early. I’m going to do what I can to make that happen, and as of now, I look good to go in early,” Mukuamu said.
Mukuamu — who reports a 3.3 GPA with tentative plans to major in, “something in the medical field” — is also in the process of trying to lock in his official visit to Florida State.
The Oct. 21 home date versus Louisville is the game he’s looking at to take his visit, but it isn’t set in stone. However, he admits he’s already thought about what his first taste of life inside Doak Campbell Stadium will feel like.
“I imagine it to be live and crazy. I want it to be just wild. I hope the atmosphere makes me feel at home and gets my adrenaline going. I’ve been to some other games and some colleges, the games are either really live or it’s not. I want to go somewhere where it’s really live.”
Seminoles offer 5-star Kenyon Green
Florida State has had a run of success recruiting the state of Texas in recent years.
They signed a pair of standout defenders in each of the last two classes in linebacker Dontavious Jackson and defensive tackle Marvin Wilson. While they don’t have a commitment from any Texas natives in the 2018 class, they are actively recruiting 4-star receivers Jaylen Waddle and Tommy Bush.
That trend is showing no signs of slowing down soon, considering the Seminoles already hold a commitment in the 2019 cycle from another Texan, 4-star receiver Jalen Curry.
On Thursday, Florida State offered another metro Houston area standout in 5-star offensive lineman Kenyon Green—who is committed to SEC West power LSU.
Extremely Blessed to say I have received an offer from Florida state pic.twitter.com/mJBfJuuZvU
— BIG KEN ™ (@K_Green_01) August 16, 2017
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound player from Atascocita High School in Humble, Texas, rates as the nation’s No. 2 offensive tackle and the No. 10 player overall in the 2019 cycle. He holds 17 offers, but he has been committed to the Tigers since December.
However, despite his commitment, Green visited other schools during the offseason, as detailed by Shea Dixon of Geaux247.
In addition to LSU, among the other programs that had Green on their campus in recent months include Alabama, Baylor, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M.
The Seminoles become the latest powerhouse to throw their hat in the ring for a player who figures to be among the nation’s elite when it comes to offensive linemen in the 2019 cycle.
Considering that he’s been open to taking visits, and with Florida State’s recent success in Texas, things could get interesting if the Seminoles are able to get Green to make a trip to Tallahassee in the near future.