Diwun Black has spent much of the past six months recruiting prospects to Florida, and his recruiting efforts didn’t stop over the weekend.
Black, ranked by 247Sports as the No. 45 overall prospect in the 2019 class, took an official visit to Florida with defensive end Khris Bogle, currently committed to Alabama, and the highly touted linebacker said the two had a “great” time at Florida.
“It was great. Me and Bogle had fun, took pictures, danced a lot. It was cool for my first official visit,” Black said. “Every time he put a jersey on he said ‘I like it, I like it’, and we just kept talking about his recruitment throughout the day.
“I told him come join the Gator Standard and we’ll win a championship in a couple years.”
Bogle was familiar with Gainesville, meaning the weekend wasn’t about seeing the facilities and meeting the coaches — rather it was a celebration of his commitment, and a chance to meet with his future position coach, Christian Robinson.
“It was fun, like we had to leave in the morning and I said ‘Can we leave later on?’ because we were having too much fun,” Black said. “It was the same love and everything. My unofficial visits always felt like official visits, so it was cool.”
There has been no shortage of hate regarding Black’s impending qualification status, but the criticism hasn’t had a negative impact on the Mississippian.
Instead, Black said the message from the UF status was similar to his internal mindset — keep working and prove the doubters wrong.
“They’re doubting you, and I’ve got to keep pushing,” Black said. “Hell no it doesn’t get to me. I just take the motivation and keep going.”
Robinson and Black had the typical film review session that comes on UF’s official visits, wherein Robinson told the inside linebacker he could play either the nickel or dime position with the Gators.
“Outside linebacker who can rush a little off the edge,” Black said. “I can play wherever they want though.”
Black didn’t get to rush much in the Polynesian Bowl, but he impressed scouts regardless of the limit on blitzing. He was named the defensive MVP by 247Sports, too — further proof that sitting out his senior season didn’t hinder his abilities.
“It was great. Just the limit on blitzing was the only thing that wasn’t good, but I had fun,” Black said. “They all saw what I can do.”