2018 safety Israel Mukuamu (Gabe Brooks / SCOUT)

Emerging 2018 Safety Israel Mukuamu Talks Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, and More

CEDAR HILL, Texas -- Israel Mukuamu has hit double-digit offers and is one of the fastest-rising prospects in Louisiana. Scout caught up with him the UnderArmour Dallas camp.

When Scout talked Sunday morning with 2018 safety Israel Mukuamu from Bossier City (La.) Parkway, he totaled eight FBS offers.

Then came a three-offer day Monday that included Oklahoma StateSMU, and Southern Miss to push Mukuamu into double-digit offer territory. He already held offers from IndianaPurdueSouth CarolinaWake ForestUTSATulaneCharlotte, and Coastal Carolina.

The Oklahoma State offer came as little surprise. The 6-foot-4, 187-pound Mukuamu said a day before that the Cowboys were one of the schools -- along with Mississippi State and ULL -- he's already visited that seemed close to offering.

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Safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt recruits Mukuamu for Oklahoma State.

"He's telling me they're going to offer me soon," Mukuamu said Sunday, barely 24 hours before the Cowboys offered. "He just wants to keep in contact. He also said he was gonna some see me (practice) in the spring.

"I liked Oklahoma State a lot. Actually I grew up an Oklahoma State fan, so that means a lot to me. I grew up watching Justin Gilbert. He was a good corner so I try to be like him kinda. And Justin Blackmon and Dez Bryant and all of them."

A hand full of Mississippi State coaches recruit Mukuamu, including cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley and safeties coach Ron English.

"I liked their campus and the coaches were very cool," he said. "Coach (John) Hevesy, the offensive line coach, he keeps in touch with me ever week, too."

Another program showing interest in Mukuamu that he hopes to visit is Tennessee.

"I wanna see Tennessee. I'll most likely be going there over the summer," said Mukuamu, who noted that running backs coach Robert Gillespie recruits him. "He texted me last night (Saturday). He wanted me to get up there for spring break. He definitely wants me to come in the summer." 

Mukuamu moved to Northwest Louisiana over the Christmas break, he said. Prior to arriving at Parkway, he played for Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.

He noted that distance from home -- regardless of whether that's South Carolina or Louisiana -- will not ultimately matter.

"I'm just taking my time and waiting to see what happens," Mukuamu said. "I'm open to whoever. I just want a coaching staff that's serious about recruiting me, and I'm a priority to them."


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