Originally, Jennings (La.) four-star running back Trevor Etienne was scheduled to officially visit Florida this past weekend. However, when Dan Mullen was fired, all weekend official visits were canceled.
That though wasn't the end of this story. As Inside the Gators reported in Friday's Weekend Visitor Preview, though the official visits were canceled, he was still unofficially Gainesville visiting along with his family.
The Etienne family spent Thanksgiving in Jacksonville visiting with older brother, Jaguars running back, Travis Etienne, and then drove down for the game on Saturday.
Traffic caused them to arrive later than they planned, but according to Etienne, seeing a Florida game for the first time was still an experience worth having.
“I enjoyed it,” said Etienne. “It really lived up to the standard. It was great to see all the people in the stadium. It was packed. I just love it here."
Since his Saturday visit, a couple of things have happened.
On Sunday Florida officially hired Billy Napier to be the next coach of the Gators, and then on Monday, Etienne cut his list to a final three of Clemson, Florida, and LSU.
“I'm excited for him,” said Etienne said of Napier. “I hope the best for Coach Napier in Gainesville. We have a great relationship. We talked a while back.”
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Will he stay close to home in the Bayou State, follow in his brother's footsteps to the Palmetto State, or end up just down the road here in the Sunshine State?
According to Etienne, neither his brother nor his parents are trying to push him in any particular direction.
“They don't care where I go, they said it's 100-percent my decision, and where I decide they will support me no matter what.”
Now that the off-campus contact period has gotten underway, Etienne expects to play host to one program this evening.
“I visit with Clemson today [Monday],” Etienne said. “I still haven't made a set date with the other coaches yet.”
He said he isn’t sure when coaches from Florida and LSU will visit.
Etienne still hasn’t set up his official visits but said he will take them over the next six weeks before he announces his commitment in January.
Allen Barney contributed to this report