Carlos Del Rio has been a member of the class of 2021 for nearly a year and a half. The quarterback has dazzled audiences from Georgia high school football to the Elite 11 quarterback event. Del Rio feels like he can be a leader on the team as soon as he gets to Gainesville. The soon-to-be early enrollee is already making promises to Gator Nation and left Inside the Gators with this: Next year, we’re going to beat Alabama.
Get to know the future at quarterback in this version of Getting to Know.
Take us through the process that led to your commitment. What was that experience like for you?
“So for my commitment, I went on a visit to Florida. Me and my dad were trying to find somewhere that felt like home for a minute before I got there. When I was there, it just felt like home. We were just sitting in the dining room, eating, and I told my dad I wanted to commit and he asked if that was something I really wanted to do, and I said yes. We had a long conversation in the dining room, and we came to the agreement that Florida was the best place for me, especially with what Coach [Dan] Mullen does with quarterbacks. He’s a quarterback guru.”
“I called Coach [Brian] Johnson, and he wasn’t sure at first. He told me to hold on and he left for a little while. When he came back, he asked if I was sure I wanted to commit, and I said yes, and he said “Okay, let’s do it,” and he took me to Coach Mullen, and Coach Mullen said okay cool. They were very real with me. They told me that I had to earn the job, that it wouldn’t be given to me. That really motivated me to stay committed throughout my high school years.”
Which school came in second for you? “Either Oklahoma or LSU.”
Do you have an interesting story about Dan Mullen that you can tell me?
“My first time talking to him, he does this weird thing with his nose. He blows out of it after everything he says, I don’t even know. He does it after every sentence, and I just started laughing when I was talking to him, because I didn’t know what that was. I don’t know if he had something in his nose or what or that’s how he’s breathing.”
What would you say are some of your greatest strengths as a football player?
“My ability to extend the play and my mindset. Every time I step on the field, I have a mindset that I’m better than everyone else on the field. My IQ and my drive for the game are also my strengths. I always strive to get better. Even if people tell me I’m great, I want to get better. Also, my humility and my ability to lead.”
Who is the prospect that you have talked to the most from the Class of 2021?
“Probably Daejon Reynolds, just because we went to school together.”
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What would be your first purchase if you got drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft?
“A house for my mom and my dad.”
What is one item that you cannot live without it? Why?
"A football, because football has gotten me a long way since the first time I picked one up. The first time I picked a football up, I never thought I’d be where I am today because of it, so I always travel with a football.”
Who has been the biggest role model for you in your life? Why?
“My family: my mom, my dad, and my sisters. I would say my family because they always have their priorities straight. They make sure they’re straight and that people around them are okay. They’re good at time management and, like I said, they make sure everything is ok. Trying to manage school and sports is stressful but they’re my backbone and my support system which helped a lot.”
What are your favorite types of music? Do you have a favorite artist or song?
“I really like old rap like Tupac and Mystikal. If you really listen to their music, they tell a story.”
What is your favorite movie?
“It’s this movie called Spirit.”
If you could meet one person in the world, who would that be?
“Probably Michael Jordan.”
If you a chance to go on a dream date, who would it be with?
“I honestly don’t know. Anyone? That’s a hard one.”
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
“In the NFL, living lavish and making sure that my family is straight. I want to make sure that they’re set, and they don’t have to work.”
What are three things on your bucket list?
“Make sure my family is okay.”
“Have a kid, so he can keep my legacy going.”
“Win the Super Bowl.”
What is one thing about you that the Gator Nation would be surprised to find out about?
“Whenever we talk to our dogs, we have a special voice for each dog. They don’t respond unless we do the special voice.”