Big Louisiana Safety Israel Mukuamu Discusses Florida, Florida State Offers

One of Louisiana's top safeties, Israel Mukuamu recaps visits and offers from Florida and Florida State.

Bossier City (La.) Parkway 2018 three-star safety Israel Mukuamu got three offers in three days after a recent swing through the state of Florida.

The Florida GatorsFlorida State Seminoles, and South Florida Bulls offered the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Mukuamu, who is the state of Louisiana's No. 3 safety in the 2018 class, which is loaded at the safety position.

Scout caught up with Mukuamu to learn more about his camp visits to Florida and Florida State, which join programs such as Louisville, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Wake Forest, among plenty of others, on his offer list.

"It was a great visit overall," Mukuamu said about his Thursday stop at Florida. "Loved the campus and they are remaking a new football facility so I can't wait to see that."

Mukuamu said the offer came from defensive coordinator Randy Shannon.

"I talked to him, coach (Corey) Bell the DB's coach, and coach (Jim) McElwain the head man," Mukuamu said. "They want me at free safety and want me at corner in the red zone to match up with those big wide receiver threats."

On Friday, Mukuamu visited and camped with Florida State, where his next offer arrived.

"Their camp was great. They really worked us hard," Mukuamu said. "I had a great camp and before camp was even over, coach (Jimbo) Fisher told me to come up to his office after camp and then later he offered me."

While the FSU offer came from the head coach himself, Mukuamu said that he also talked with defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Charles Kelly and defensive graduate assistant Jeremiah Wilson.

"Coach Kelly and I both feel that I can play any position in the secondary," Mukuamu said, "and he plans to put me in any of those spots that will give them the best chance to win."

Mukuamu moved to Northwest Louisiana during this past Christmas break. He played his junior season for Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner, S.C., so he has geographic ties to the Southeast.

Next up for Mukuamu could be a visit to another school in the Southeast: Georgia.

"I think I might visit Georgia this week," he said.

The Bulldogs have not yet offered, but Mukuamu has gotten recent interest from them and could be close to offering.

Mukuamu now holds almost 20 offers, including nine from Power Five conference programs. With a strong offer list and a few visits under his belt, does Mukuamu have a timeline for making a decision?

"I want to commit before my senior season starts," said Mukuamu, who plans to release a list of his top schools Friday.

This fall should be a big one for Bossier City Parkway, which is not only home to Mukuamu, but five-star receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. and four-star quarterback Justin Rogers, a TCU pledge.

Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor Mukuamu's recruitment.

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