Florida hard after four-star defensive tackle

Mar 16, 2019 | 0 comments


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Sebastian (Fla.) River four-star defensive tackle Tim Smith‍ took his fourth visit to Florida on Saturday for the Gators second Junior Day of the recruiting cycle.

However, that still isn’t enough. He insinuated to Inside the Gators that a fifth visit could come soon.

“I came kinda late so I didn’t get to watch the all-day individual one-on-one,” he said. “So I just gotta get another chance to watch them practice.”

The 6-foot-4, 340-pound junior also lamented the fact that when you visit a school that many times, the focal point of the visit becomes less about football and more about establishing a repertoire.


“Coach [David] Turner texts me a lot, so our relationship is strong. Coach [Greg] Knox, Coach [Dan] Mullen too. So, everything feels good,” he said.

The defensive tackle would be working mostly with Turner if he chooses to commit to the Orange and Blue, so building that bond in particular is important to him.

“He’s just trying to build a relationship with my parents right now and also me. He tells me ‘we want you’ like just trying to get me here.”

To many, Florida’s football facilities are often looked upon as in being in need of an upgrade. However, when it comes to Smith, the campus, especially the Heavener Complex, serves as a positive.

“It’s amazing,” he beamed. “I’m not even gonna lie, my favorite part might be the lobby. I like it a lot. The statues and the trophies, too.”

While Smith was vocal about some of the perks, he remained tight-lipped regarding his actual recruiting process.

“I’m just keeping all my options open,” the Florida native said flatly. “I mean I love the Gators and all that, it’s close to home. I’m just keeping my options open.”

When pushed for an answer, Smith told reporters that he “would rather not talk about all that.” However, he did let on about schools that are pushing the hardest for his signature.

“Georgia, Florida, those two are the top right now. Florida tells me I’m a top priority for them, but I need to put in the work to stay a top priority.”

You might think that most schools feed players the same lines, but not every school is trying to uphold the Gator Standard in terms of working hard.

“That’s just a Mullen thing,” Smith said about schools telling him he needs to remain a top player to remain a top priority. “At least so far.”

He did not name any leaders in the process, where he is visiting, or whether or not he plans to sign early.

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