South Carolina recruiting: In-depth with former FSU commitment Israel Mukuamu

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Back on market

Three-star safety Israel Mukuamu, who de-committed from Florida State on Wednesday night, is being recruited by South Carolina as a cornerback.

The 6-foot-4, 187-pound prospect from Parkway High School (Bossier City, La.) will visit with South Carolina’s defensive brain trust on Monday, when Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson fly out for an in-home visit.

Of late, there’s “nothing different” about the contact with the two coaches from South Carolina, the state where he played his first few seasons of high school ball.

“It’s just them letting me know that they still want me and I still have a spot, and they’re just waiting on me, basically,” Mukuamu said.

Muschamp and Robinson won’t have to wait long. Mukuamu will sign in December, then enroll in January.

South Carolina hosted him for an official visit the weekend of the Arkansas game. He also watched the Tennessee game on TV.

“They’re playing defense very well, had a couple of key wins this season: Tennessee was a key win, Florida and also Arkansas,” Mukuamu said. “They’re improving every year and they’re also getting another bowl appearance, so they’ve shown they’ve been improving for the last three years.”

South Carolina recruiting-Israel Mukuamu
Earlier this season, Israel Mukuamu (left) was joined at South Carolina by his younger brother, 2020 quarterback Emmanuel Mukuamu (right). (Hale McGranahan/SEC Country)

On, off, on

After the first semester of his junior year, Mukuamu left the high school in Moncks Corner, S.C. South Carolina gave him his first offer a few months earlier.

“I really like T-Rob. When he first offered me, we had a good relationship,” Mukuamu said. “Then, I moved and it kind of went away, but as I came back, it got stronger. But I think he’s a great coach.”

Florida State is still receiving consideration, to go along with Indiana, Purdue and Georgia.

“There’s just some uncertainty right now,” he said of the Seminoles. “Maybe if they get it together, as far as laying down the foundation of who’s staying and who’s going.”

As for the Dawgs, there hasn’t been any recent contact, though he did take an official visit to Athens.

“Actually, I’m waiting to hear from them,” Mukuamu said. “I think they’re really focused in on the SEC championship this week, so I think I’ll hear from them in the next few days.”

South Carolina has used the open week to capitalize on the pursuit. On Tuesday night, SEC Country confirmed that Robinson would see Mukuamu on Monday. It wasn’t known until Wednesday, after the de-commitment, that Muschamp would also make the trip.

“[T-Rob] and Muschamp have developed a lot of DBs to the league, so that just tells you what they’re about,” Mukuamu said. “If I were to go there, I would be comfortable with T-Rob and their defense.”

Friends in the class

Three of the Gamecocks’ 2018 commitments are counted as friends: 4-star quarterback Dakereon Joyner, 3-star wide receiver Darius Rush and 3-star safety RJ Roderick.

Joyner, like Roderick and Mukuamu, is also from the Charleston area. Roderick’s high school, Cane Bay, is one of Berkeley’s big rivals. Rush and Mukuamu played 7-on-7 together for Carolina Grind.

Like the three commitments, Mukuamu will graduate high school next month. It’s to be determined exactly when he’ll make a decision.

The signing period runs Dec. 20-22.

Crystal Ball analysis

Several 247Sports Crystal Ball picks were made for South Carolina on Wednesday night, after his de-commitment.

If there was a SpursUp Surveillance-sponsored Crystal Ball, it would read Gamecocks for Mukuamu.

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