Former Florida linebacker Mohamoud Diabate announces transfer commitment to Utah
One of the top available defenders in the transfer portal is coming to Salt Lake City.
Former Florida linebacker Mohamoud Diabate announced Tuesday he intends to transfer to Utah. He brings starting experience in the SEC and comes over as a potential replacement for departing linebackers Devin Lloyd and Nephi Sewell.
— Mohamoud Diabate (@MDiabate11) January 5, 2022
“I’m incredibly thankful for the past three years here at the University of Florida,” Diabate wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to all who invested their time into me during my time. I appreciate all the fans of Gator Nation and the support throughout my time here in Gainesville. I will always be a Gator.”
The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Diabate had 89 total tackles for UF this past season—including 2.5 for loss—and he started in games across each of his three seasons at Florida. Over the last two years, he earned 16 starts in total. He was the team’s second-leading tackler in each of those seasons, and will end his Florida career with 174 stops, 14 TFLs, three forced fumbles, and one interception.
He’s a former 4-star prospect who rated as the sixth-best outside linebacker in his class and the 109th overall recruit in 2019.
A three-for-two player, Diabate should be able to fill an immediate need on the Utah defense. As a high-upside player still, he comes with quite a bit of playing experience—and in big-time moments, too—and that’s an intriguing package, particularly so for a team hoping to stay at the level Utah operated at this past season.