Now, he has. And both Big Ten powers have extended a verbal offer to the Philadelphia Penn Charter 2016 defensive end. He believes he knows why the heavy hitters have come calling.
“What makes me different is my mind-set of approaching the game,” Dioubate said. “I approach the game and look at the game differently than other people.”
Dioubate (pronounced DIE-ah-BAT-ee) is a 6-foot-3, 250-pound prospect. He learned of the Penn State offer from Prep Charter head coach Dave Hand.
Hand handles most of the traffic between coaches and Dioubate, but the coach told his prospect to give Penn State's coach a call back.
The end doesn’t remember whether he talked to line coach Sean Spencer or area recruiter and receivers coach Josh Gattis, but he remembers the message.
”He said, ‘We really like what we see on film,’ and that they enjoy the way I played the game of football and get after the quarterback,” Dioubate said. “They said they wanted people like me to come to their university.”
The junior knows plenty about Penn State already, as well. He and Hand are exploring a potential trip to PSU, but there are no dates currently in mind.
“It's a great university,“ Dioubate said. “Joe Paterno was one of the greatest coaches ever and he coached there. The whole tradition that is going on with Penn State is good.
“It's a great football program, and the way they approach the game is different. Their quarterback, [Christian] Hackenberg, I watched him play a couple times and enjoyed it. They’re a good team.”
Ohio State offered a day before Penn State, and the Buckeyes also liked the way Dioubate plays. On film, he is a fast, physical and explosive prospect.
‘The message was, ‘We need someone to get after it and simply stop the run and get out there on the pass,’ ” Dioubate said. “They need a dominant defender.”