Gators play host to four-star defensive tackle

Mar 22, 2019 | 0 comments

Defensive tackle remains one of Florida’s top positions of need in the current recruiting cycle.

Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep four-star Westley Neal‍ can see himself filling part of that need for the 2020 class. After driving about seven hours from the 305 to the 352 to attend the school’s Junior Day last weekend, Neal shared his experience with Inside the Gators.

“It was pretty fun,” he said. I liked to watch the practice. The practice gets intense. I like the coaches and how they coached the players.”

Despite not yet having an offer, Neal says he was able to get some one on one with important coaches.

“I met [defensive line coach] David Turner. We didn’t get to talk much, but he said he liked me.”

As far as getting an offer, the 6-foot, 311-pound sophomore says he plans to put in a little extra work with the Orange and Blue.

“It would mean a lot to me,” Neal said. “I like UF. I like the atmosphere a lot too.”

The University of Florida has welcomed plenty of South Florida prospects through the years. However, the Miami native told ITG that he has yet to speak to any former Gators from the area. He has mostly been speaking to his high school coach about the school.

“He told me that it’s a good connection with Florida.”

The Gators also received a coveted visit from Neal’s mom on Junior Day. More often than not, if a prospect’s parent accompanies him on a visit, it means that the interest in the program is more than a logo on a Top 10 graphic.

“I came with [my mom] and my cousin,” said Neal. “My mom told me that she really liked Florida and she would love to come back up.”

Neal says he is still not sure about when he plans to visit the school again, but says another trip to Gainesville is most likely on the horizon.

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