Defensive back Israel Mukuamu got the news he was hoping to get yesterday when Indiana extended him a scholarship offer. Peegs.com spoke with the 6-foot-4, 190-pound standout from Bossier City (LA) Parkway H.S. about landing the offer from the Hoosiers while on an unofficial visit to IU.
Mukuamu flew up to Indiana yesterday from Louisiana to get a closer look at the Hoosiers’ program, and he said that he had a great time.
“It was a really great visit,” he said. “I loved the facilities and the people. The biggest thing that stood out to me was Coach (Tom) Allen and Coach (Noah) Joseph. I loved the way that they coached with passion. They really believe in their players and they really want to make the program great.”
The talented prospect said he really enjoyed getting the chance to spend time with the Indiana coaching staff.
“We have a very good bond,” he said about the IU coaches. “They are great people and they were fired up to see me and I was fired up to see them.”
While he was on his visit the Louisiana native picked up his first Big Ten offer from the Hoosiers, which was a big moment for him.
“It was very big because the relationship that me and Coach Joseph have right now is a very close one, and I know it will only get closer after this,” Mukuamu said. “It meant a lot for them to offer me. They like my length and my size. They can see me coming down and playing some as the box safety and blitzing and stuff like that, and they also see me playing over the top because I have good range.”
This fall Mukuamu will be playing at Parkway H.S. in Bossier City, LA after playing last year at Berkeley H.S. in South Carolina. He said the transition to his new school has gone well.
“I actually moved here from Berkeley H.S. in South Carolina,” he said. “I played my junior year there before moving here over Christmas Break. We moved because of my dad’s job. He is in the military and he works for the government here and we live on an Air Force base. Parkway is a school where a lot of kids transfer there because it is usually military kids that go to school there. The transition has been good and my new teammates have made me feel welcome.”
Mukuamu currently has offers from Indiana, Purdue, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Charlotte, Tulane, Texas-San Antonio and Coastal Carolina to go along with interest from Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Southern Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette. He said the visit to IU has put the Hoosiers at the top of his list of schools.
“They made a very big impression on me,” he said. “They will be one of my top schools for sure.”