Dublin (Ga.) four-star linebacker Romello Height’s first visit to Gainesville was part of a fun-filled weekend.
The 2020 prospect first received an offer from Florida in 2018, that was reaffirmed by the new Florida staff earlier this year, but told Inside the Gators the annual Orange and Blue Game, where the Gators get the dub no matter what, was the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the program.
“Florida was always a dream school for me,” Height said. “Getting to watch them with my own eyes for the first time, even if it’s just the spring game, was a great experience. It was also my birthday. So I chose to come on my birthday, which was super fun for me.”
The newly-minted 18-year-old did not only get to take his sights from the television to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to watch the Gators get it done. He also got to take his relationships to the next level, moving from a phone screen to in-person meetings.
“I talked to Coach [Todd] Grantham for a good minute on my visit. He was just telling me how I should play [at UF] and was telling me how well I could fit in their defense.”
As for how the defense looked during the game, despite them being handicapped by being forced to play base defense, the outside linebacker liked what he saw.
“They’re really like that,” Height laughed. “From what I saw, there was nothing lacking about the defense and that’s something I really like to see.”
After signing a linebacker class headlined by three prospects in the top 100 during the last cycle, it appears that Florida would not have the ability to get an even younger guy on the field sooner rather than later. Height essentially confirmed that when he revealed that he is not necessarily getting recruited as the outside linebacker he is listed as.
“I like BUCK, too,” he admitted. “Plus, if someone needs a pass rusher with my strength and quickness, it’s easy for me.”
And the 6-foot-5, 210-pound junior knows how the Gators develop players. Plenty of guys on the roster play different positions than what they came in as, but as Height said, everyone is coming in with a common goal that barely pertains to position.
“If you come out of a school like Florida, it’s easy going into the draft. As long you know how to play your positions.”
Florida’s up-and-coming reputation from down in the dumps to a top ten team is also attractive to Height. However, other schools vying for his signature are also plugging the “come be great” message the Gators are.
“Coach Geoff Collins from Georgia Tech is telling me they’re on the rise and how that’s the place to be right now,” the Georgia native told ITG. “I also am really looking at Vanderbilt and Virginia. All of those programs are telling me they’re getting where they need to be.”
He also holds offers from the likes of Kentucky, Louisville, Miami and Southern Cal.
Height plans to come back to Florida “sometime in the Summer and again in the Fall,” but for his decision, he is hoping to keep it under wraps until Early National Signing Day in December.