Israel Mukuamu received a surprise on Thursday after his visit to Florida. The big safety from Louisiana not only left Gainesville with a better idea of how the Gators program is run, but he also left with an offer.
"It feels really good because Florida is one of the top programs in the nation," said the three-star 2018 safety. "It is called 'DBU,' and I play DB, so it's a good school for the position.
"[The coaches told me that] I am very good player," he added. "I have the skills to come there and play early and they just like my length and size."
Although picking up an offer from UF head coach Jim McElwain would standout to any prospect, Mukuamu states that there were several things about his trip to The Swamp that left an impression on him.
"The whole campus stood out really," he explained. "I like the stadium, the facilities, and they are actually building a new facility and it's going to be amazing. The coaches I talked to, they are really good guys. I liked them. I'm really excited about Florida."
On his visit the South's No. 19 safety spoke to McElwain, defensive coordinator Randy Shannon and defensive backs coach Corey Bell. Prior to his trip down south, Mukuamu had been texting with Shannon.
"He has just been keeping in contact with me, making sure I am doing alright," he said. "He told me he really liked me and that there is no pressure to commit, just I can take the visits."
On this trip he was able to acquaint himself better with the coach that would be his position coach, however.
"He is a very cool guy," said Mukuamu about Bell. "He is very relaxed. He is straight forward with me. He told me he isn't the type of guy to promise anything, so everything I want I have to work for, so I like how he keeps things straight forward."
In May, when Mukuamu picked up an offer from Louisville, he told Scout that the Cardinals were on top, but it seems Florida has shaken things up.
"They fit in right with Louisville at the top of the list, so this is going to be a tough decision for me," he said. "I'm just taking it day by day - looking at the roster, the campus, which place I feel better in, which place is home. I'm just really evaluating both of those schools hard."
Although both Louisville and UF seem to be in the driver's seat at the moment, schools like Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Clemson, Florida State and LSU are all in the mix. On Friday Mukuamu is set to camp at FSU, hoping to earn an offer.
An offer from the Noles"would be big because they put defensive backs in the league and most of their defensive backs are my size, so thats big."
Mukuamu is also awaiting word from in-state school, LSU. He camped with the Tigers a few weeks ago and is still being evaluated by the staff.
"I talked to my recruiting coordinator there, and they are going to slow play it," he said," and wait until camp is over and maybe offer then."
An offer from LSU would also affect his recruitment.
"LSU is also known to put DBs in the league, and they are also known as 'DBU' so that would also be big for me."
Mukuamu still has some time before he makes his final decision, however.
"I'm going to trim my list next Friday and then I'll probably commit late July or early August."