Family ties could help Florida with lineman from former pipeline program

Sep 2, 2021 | 0 comments

During Florida's last recruiting event of the summer, the Saturday Cookout that took place the day after the Gators' annual Friday Night Lights, UF offensive line coach John Hevesy played chauffeur to a pair of Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central offensive linemen weighing down the back of a golf cart.

One of those big bodies was 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive tackle Ja'Kavion Nonar‍. 

After driving him around, Hevesy put him through an individual workout.

A week later, the Gators offered.

"It meant a lot," replied Nonar when asked about the offer from UF. "You know, it's a big-time school and they put out a lot of NFL players and they give off a good vibe."

Nonar said that part of that vibe is based on what he hears from Hevesy.

"We're building a good relationship. He tells me I have to work hard every day, don't let up."

Florida has a history at Glades Central, landing superstars such as Reidel Anthony, Johnny Rutledge, and Fred Taylor back during the SOS era.

According to Nonar, those past players have an impact on him still today.

"Fred Taylor was my momma's stepbrother," said Nonar. "He's basically my uncle. He always encourages me to do better and make the right decisions. He comes back here and does things in the community and he's someone we all look up to."

A week after the Florida offer, Nonar decommitted from Pitt in a tweet that has since been deleted.

Now he says that though he isn't ready to name a new leaderboard, there are four programs standing out.

"I'm looking at everything right now," said Nonar. "Maryland Ole Miss, Florida, and Pitt are who I have a lot of interest in and they are talking to me the most."

He has already officially visited Pitt and has another official visit set and is working on the others.

"I've got my official visit set for Maryland on our bye week in September and I'm going to Florida and Ole Miss during the season, but it depends on our schedule but I'm not going to commit until after the season."

The Inside Scoop: It was interesting to hear about his tie-in to Fred Taylor. He said that he used to be his mother's stepbrother, so I assume the marriage that caused that is now over. I didn't get the feeling that Florida is pushing for him right now. Part of that may be that they had other priorities during camp. Part of it may be that he is currently serving a suspension that is sidelining him for the first couple of games of his high school season, but he should be back out there after this weekend.

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