Power 5 trio first offers in for 2019 edge prospect Mohamoud Diabate

The class of 2018 is the focus of most college football programs, but select 2019 talents are seeing their stock soar anyway. Few in Alabama's underclassmen pool are as hot out of the gate as Auburn High's Mohamoud Diabate.

Not many in the recruiting world knew of Mohamoud Diabate before the 2016 season, but the Auburn (Ala.) High edge talent had a productive year for the Tigers and the recruiting attention has followed. 

Virginia kicked off the process with an offer at the end of February and SEC programs Mississippi State as well as Vanderbilt have since followed early on the rising junior's offer list.

"Coaches say they like my size, speed, versatility, motor," Diabate, who flashed those traits at The Opening Atlanta (video above), said. "I think speed is my biggest asset, my motor is really great too, because I simply won't stop between the whistles.

"Being 6-4 definitely helps when you're trying to keep blockers off of you."

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The long and lean pass rusher, who has yet to visit any of the programs that have verbally offered him a scholarship, does see room to up his stock even more as he hits various camps into the spring evaluation period. 

"I need improvement in run protection and I think my technique has room to improve," he said. "There's always something to improve." 

Diabate, who ran a laser-timed 4.69-second 40 yard dash time at The Opening Atlanta, is approaching the recruiting process one step at a time. He wants to take visits to several schools before forming a true opinion on where they may stand at this early juncture. 

There is no timetable for a decision.

Scout's Take

Diabate is a long and lean pass rusher who can stress the edge of an offensive line with his hand in the ground or from a stand up position. His 6-foot-4 frame and sheer athleticism allows him to get to the passer quicker than most, with the length and range to help make up for a lack of polish early in his prep career. Diabate plays with a high motor and runs very well for his size, allowing him to make plays all over the field. With better leverage and added bulk to his frame before the next level, he can be a force fairly early in his college career. 


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