Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin has a tough matchup this week against local powerhouse Lee. And for Mandarin to win, it likely will need big contributions from 2019 wide receiver Kasimir Absolu.
Against Lee, the 5-foot-10, 160-pound Absolu will go up against two three-star defensive backs who are committed to USF.
“I’m honestly psyched for this game,” Absolu told GN. “I know (Vincent Davis and Eugene Bowman) are both very physical and I love that because I have a DB mentality, I get very physical out there. It’s going to be a great matchup.
“This is one I’ve been waiting for, marked on my calendar.”
Absolu is just beginning his junior campaign, but his play and leadership on the field already have drawn interest from FBS programs, including a few early offers.
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“I’ve already had offers from FAU and UAB,” Absolu said. “Right now, I’ve also been getting looked at from Michigan State, Cincinnati, some other schools as well.”
Absolu has been enjoying the attention he’s received throughout the beginning of his recruiting process, even taking an unofficial visit to Miami last November.
“That was great, I love it down there,” Absolu said. “It’s a great atmosphere and I see they’re trying to bring back the old ‘U’ mentality. I like it down there. Me and (tight ends) Coach (Todd) Hartley, we’ve been keeping in contact.”
While he raved about his experience at Miami, Absolu did reveal interest in a particular conference that he would like to be a part of if given the chance.
“I’ve definitely got a Big Ten vibe,” Absolu said. “I love Coach (Jim) Harbaugh, I like Michigan. Michigan State and Penn State too, I like them both. I like the Big Ten.”
Absolu has plenty of time to improve on his game to garner more offers from his desired programs. He knows what it will take to get him to the next step.
“I’ve just got to stay healthy,” Absolu said. “Stay in the weight room, I definitely want to work on my size. Other than that, all I can do is perfect my routes and hands. Just perfect my craft.”
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