Syracuse Special to Diabate

Nassau Community College Siriki Diabate has six scholarship offers, but when it came to the offer he got from Syracuse on Monday things certainly changed for him in recruiting. We spoke to him Wednesday night about his journey to the United States and his thoughts on the Orange as a whole.

Siriki Diabate, a 6-foot, 220-pound middle linebacker has plenty of options of where he could spend the next two years of his college career, but even though he hasn't given his verbal pledge yet, it sounds like Syracuse might be able to wrap up another commitment with a solid visit this weekend.

"Syracuse offered me on Monday when the Coach (John) Anselmo talked to my coach," Diabate stated. "I was excited to get the offer like the others, but this one was special for me. Syracuse is special because it's at home for me and I don't have to go too far. That's somewhere I dreamed about going to out of high school, so to be able to get that opportunity is definitely something special for me and my family who are also very happy about it."

Diabate actually spent part of his time where he was born in Africa, on the Ivory Coast, so we asked him how he originally got into football when he got to the States.

"I was 13 years old when I moved here and I was a heavy soccer player, but when I moved here I couldn't find a place to play, so I met a great guy who introduced me to the game of football, so I worked at it the hardest I could," Diabate explained. "It definitely took some getting used to and I wasn't in love with it at first, but as I got comfortable with it I really fell in love with football and then it took over for me."

We asked him where Syracuse fits in his plans going forward.

"Syracuse is definitely a good school and I'm planning on taking this official visit over this weekend and then I'll try to take another one before making my decision," Diabate explained. "It really depends on how the visit goes this weekend. I might make a decision quicker if I really like it out there because I'm planning on going into a school for the spring semester."

As a sophomore at Nassau, Diabate had 94 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, two sacks and two defensive touchdowns.

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