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Florida’s New 4-Star LB Boosts Dan Mullen’s Defense Instantly
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Not every high school player reaches the NCAA in the same way. Some get scholarships immediately, some have to walk on, and some have to wait a bit longer to achieve their goals.

Diwun Black had to take an alternative path through junior college to the University of Florida, but he will be playing for the Gators in Gainesville next season.

Diwun Black’s High School Recruiting

Diwun Black was an exceptional recruit out of Forest High School in Mississippi, but he is originally from Kissimmee, Fla. He played both the outside linebacker and safety positions and excelled on the field. Black even took some snaps as a wide receiver as well, scoring four touchdowns as a junior.

He had offers from Arkansas, Marshall, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Alabama, Tennessee, USC, and Auburn was interested as well.

In the end, UF head coach Dan Mullen made the most intriguing pitch, and Black was all set to join the Florida football team for the 2019 season. However, his plans changed.

Diwun Black Enrolls at UF

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Due to academic violations, he could not enroll as easily as he would have liked. To keep himself fresh and get his grades up, he joined Perkinston’s Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College football team.

Black, a four-star and the nation’s No. 1 JUCO recruit according to the 247Sports Composite, got to prove just how incredible he could be. In just one year at JUCO, he totaled 46 tackles and one interception as a defensive back.

Black arrived on campus this past May.

Diwun Black Highlights 

Black is an incredible athlete. He will be plugged into the outside linebacker role, but he has the determination and size to play strong safety if he wanted to. He stops rushers the second they cross the offensive line and is a threat to quarterbacks everywhere.

Now that fans can return to The Swamp at full capacity, the Gators will be showing off their entire 2021 football recruiting class, which only got better with the addition of Diwun Black.

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The hope is that the team can reach the College Football Playoff for the first time in history, though the always-tough Alabama, Georgia Bulldogs, and LSU will stand in the way.

The signee praises the Florida Gators on his social media pages constantly, so it will be great when he can don the orange and blue for first time.

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Matt is a recent graduate of New York University with a degree in Sports Management. He is a passionate New York Yankees, New York Islanders, and Minnesota Vikings fan. He also has a podcast about minor league baseball called "On the Farm."
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