BJ Diakite - Football - Vanderbilt University Athletics

#33 BJ Diakite Season 2023-24


Class Sophomore
Height 6'4"
Weight 222
Hometown Pinson, Ala.
High School Pinson Valley

NIL on Opendorse

As a Sophomore (2023)
• Made 20 tackles in 11 games, also recorded a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss
• Recorded a career best six tackles and a sack at UNLV

As a Freshman (2022)
• Played in nine games as a rookie
• Totaled 12 tackles, 2.5 for loss and a sack
• Had a season-best three tackles and logged first career sack in win at Northern Illinois
• Made two tackles in collegiate debut at Hawai’i

The Diakite File
• Prepped at Pinson Valley High School for coach Samuel Richard Shade and defensive coordinator Darrius Gilbert
• Three-star prospect ranked by On3 as the No. 41 edge defender in the country and 247Sports as the No. 38 athlete, while also ranking among the top 25 players in Alabama by both publications
• Helped Pinson Valley to a 10-4 record during senior year (2021), reaching the state quarterfinals
• Recorded 74 tackles, 20 for loss, 10 sacks and 35 quarterback pressures while also scoring a defensive touchdown
• Helped Pinson Valley to a state championship in 2020
• Also played tight end
• Played basketball for Pinson Valley
• Chose Vanderbilt over Georgia Tech