FLORIDA FOOTBALL & RECRUITING COVERAGE
- Recruit Reaction: 'I like how we were throwing the ball today'
- Uncensored Soundoff
- Florida's Great Eight Targets
- Four-star lineman has decided, ready to announce
- Inside the Gators: Mock Signing Class 7.0
- Left scrambling, Florida extends an unprecedented eight October offers
- Coach's Corner: Q&A with former UF assistant Red Anderson
- One-on-One with Steve Spurrier (Audio added)
- Where are they Now: Shane Matthews talks Florida Football
As Inside the Gators reported in Friday’s Weekend Visitor Preview, the most highly rated Class of 2022 visitor expected in for the weekend was Bainbridge (Ga.) four-star Deyon Bouie, the No. 63 rated prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.
When an athlete visits a school while committed to a rival school, it often causes people to turn their heads.
When Bouie stepped onto the campus of the University of Florida, the staff – as well as a current player, certainly paid heed.
The Texas A&M commit was in the stands as the Gators took on the Samford Bulldogs on Saturday.
A game the Gators won in a 70-52 shootout.
“It was pretty good,” Bouie said, “You know, Florida was down in the first half and made a huge comeback in the second half. It showed they never give up and on the defensive side of the ball I think I’d be a great help.”
During the fourth quarter, the high school senior from Bainbridge, Georgia, missed out on a big opportunity to interact with Gators’ running back Dameon Pierce, who went to the same high school as Bouie.
After Pierce’s third touchdown of the day, he ran through the endzone and to the recruit seating area. There he found two of Bouie’s friends that were visiting the campus with him.
Pierce celebrated his score by giving them high-fives.
Bouie was nowhere to be found.
When he returned to his seat, his friends informed him about what he had just missed.
“I was mad,” he said, “I had to go to the restroom.”
Despite the missed chance to celebrate with Pierce, the visit may be a good sign for the Gators.
Bouie gave the indication that these visits could impact his college decision, even if he is committed somewhere else.
“Fifty-Fifty,” Bouie said when asked how solid his commitment to the Aggies is, “I’m like an open book.”
Bouie said he’s in talks with cornerbacks coach Jules Montinar, Assistant Director of Player Personell Keiwan Ratliff, and Head Coach Dan Mullen.
“Right now, it’s a building process,” Bouie said.
Bouie will be back in Gainesville for an official visit on Dec. 3. before heading to Texas A&M for an official visit on Dec. 10.
He said he’ll be making his decision during the early signing period.
Until then, he said, “Go Gators.”