New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton four-star offensive guard Sedrick Van Pran recently dropped a top eight choices, which included Florida, despite the fact that he has never visited Gainesville.
He told Inside the Gators while he does plan to visit the Swamp this Summer, he is just enjoying building relationships with coaches for the time being.
“Florida has always shown me a lot of love. Coach [Dan] Mullen, Coach [John] Hevesy, Coach [Greg] Knox contact me and show me all love,” said Van Pran. “Coach Hevesy wants to focus on building a relationship because football speaks for itself. He says everything just falls into place. I definitely feel like Florida is a school that I like because of that.”
The staff does have a little outside help when it comes to recruiting the consensus top 130 prospect, though. As the Gators continue to recruit in the Boot, the Louisiana native has gotten to know more about the program from his peers.
“I know Brad Stewart from football and stuff and he really seems to like Florida,” Van Pran said of the junior safety. “But really, [2019 cornerback signee] Chester Kimbrough went to my high school and his opinion is important to me. He is really pushing UF to me.”
The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder shared a story between himself and Kimbrough.
“He joked to me on National Signing Day because I was there when he signed. He said to me, ‘You know bro, all those other schools recruit but you know what the move is.’ Chester is a big brother to me and I held what he said to me in high regard. If he says UF is the place to be, you know I have to check it out.”
Florida will need to overcome some recruiting juggernauts if the staff hopes to make Van Pran part of its 2020 class, though. The rest of the four-star’s top eight consists of Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.
For reference, five of those schools raked in top six recruiting classes in 2019. But, according to Van Pran himself, there is no leader and he is taking his time to find the right school for him.
“There’s only so much you can do in recruitment. What I’m really looking for is a family atmosphere and everyone is trying to push to me that their school has what I’m looking for,” he said. “Also, I’m looking for a school that has top academics because in football isn’t always guaranteed and I need a plan after.”
— Sedrick Van Pran-Granger (@SedrickVanPran) May 22, 2019