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Auburn is evaluating local pass rusher Mohamoud Diabate.

Auburn continues evaluating elite pass rusher in its backyard

Much like Justin Ferguson does on the Auburn team side, recruiting reporter Benjamin Wolk will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day. You can ask him questions on Twitter or Facebook. Look for our Question of the Day each weekday. Go here to see our previous answers.

The quick answer to question No. 1: There isn’t a specific timeline in place. “Soon” isn’t the answer you want, but it’s the best to give right now. My speculation is he will commit before or at Big Cat Weekend, but again, that’s educated guessing.

This question of the day will be dedicated to the second question.

It’s a topic touched on in a notebook earlier in the week.

Mohamoud Diabate, the 4-star outside linebacker, from Auburn High School — right in the Tigers backyard — visited over the weekend. It was a long-awaited visit for many fans in the Auburn recruiting sphere. He’s been offered and recruited by Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, Michigan and many others. But, for one reason or another, Auburn hasn’t offered.

Let one thing be clear: The lack of offer doesn’t mean Auburn isn’t interested.

Diabate’s visit is a step in the right direction. It gave him his first real opportunity to sit down and talk extensively with defensive line coach Rodney Garner and linebackers coach Travis Williams. The Tigers see him as a nice fit for the Buck role in the defense. There are a few other prospects in this class Auburn is pursuing, from an offer standpoint, more heavily — Derick Hall (Gulfport, Miss.) and Khris Bogle (Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons) — but Diabate is being evaluated thoroughly.

Diabate camped last summer and didn’t have the stature Auburn likes in its Buck. He has grown substantially in the last year, and his work ethic stands out among his peers. Speculating again, I expect Auburn will offer at some point.

Whether it’s too late is a different discussion.

To see all the answers to prior Auburn questions, click here.