Being able to witness Florida’s 9-3 turnaround season as a commited prospect was just the cherry on top of what has been a pretty smooth recruiting process for offensive tackle Wardrick Wilson.
The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder from the 305 (the Carol City section of Miami, to be exact) plans to officially visit the University of Florida on December 7th , which was a purposeful move on his part, as he told Inside the Gators.
“It was a rough season, so I wanted to take it after the season so I can have more time with coach Mullen, coach Hevesy and everyone else,” Wilson continued. “I decided to take it after the season so I can have more time with the coaches.
The December visit is hardly the four-star prospect’s first go-around with the Gators. Wilson has been committed to the program since the summer of 2017 and he tells ITG he’s sticking to his word.
Wilson also plans to make his commitment official in December during the Early Signing Period.
“My decision has never changed,” Wilson said. “I was always 100 percent committed to the Gators, even when they had the bad season last year up until the good season they had this year.”
However, a 100 percent commitment is not stopping other schools from trying to find a way on Wilson’s radar. The senior wields offers from Georgia, Michigan, and Missouri, to name a few. Mizzou coaches, including forme Florida offensive line coach Brad Davis, who is now with Tigers, will even visit his Miami home on November 29th. But, he is not expecting to be swayed into the Tiger’s Den.
“I’m 100 percent locked in,” Wilson repeated about his commitment to Florida.
Case in point, he recently received a coveted in-home visit from Offensive Coordinator John Hevesy (his primary recruiter) and Quarterbacks Coach Brian Johnson.
Wilson was one of the first recruits who coaches made a point to check in with.
Great in home visit 🐊🐊💯🔷🔶 pic.twitter.com/yl3qDIJ1y1
— Wardrick Wilson (@WardrickWilson) November 27, 2018
The nation’s 18th ranked offensive guard spoke of his warm relationship with Florida’s staff, including some advice from coaches regarding a particularly adverse moment in his life.
“It was just to keep my head up because I went through something during the season,” Wilson said of the coaches’ message to him. “This thing really kept me from playing football, so they told me to keep my head up. They just told me to keep working.”
Work goes a long way with Mullen and Co., as Florida’s head coach continues to make his willingness to play true freshmen known.
And the Gators will have holes to fill on next year’s offensive line, after losing seniors Martez Ivey, Fred Johnson, and Tyler Jordan to graduation.