Florida's new coaching staff handed out several offers over the past week, including one to Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham three-star athlete Arlis Boardingham.
— Arlis Boardingham (@Arlisb42) December 22, 2021
The offer came after a conversation with newly hired wide receiver coach Keary Colbert, who he knew a little bit about from his time on staff at Southern Cal.
“He said that it was a great program and I would be a great fit for what they have going on,” explained Boardingham. “Our relationship was pretty good at USC we didn’t really talk much but he was one of the first people to show interest.”
Boardingham might not know much about the Florida program, but he is well aware of the conference they play in.
“The UF offer meant a lot, especially with it being my first SEC offer,” said Boardingham. “I know the Gators produce a lot of great talent and it is a fun community. I also know they have a good legacy to follow.”
His 247 Sports profile shows Arizona State, Colorado, and Southern Cal as his leaders. However, when asked, Borardinghap said that isn't the case.
“No, they are not my three leaders right now, they are just the schools I’m hearing from the most at this time,” said Boardingham. “Right now I don’t have any top schools, I still need to figure it out this month but Florida is definitely up there.”
Boardingham has already taken an official visit to Texas, leaving him four other possibilities.
He said he has two visit destinations in mind.
“I do believe I want to take one to Florida and USC, but I don’t have them set up yet.”
After one of these programs signs him, they'll have to figure out where he's going to line up.
At 6-foot-5, 235-pounds he not only lined up all over the field as a senior, but he also excelled.
Just this week he was named his area's Player of the Year by the Los Angeles Daily News after he totaled 836 yards and 15 touchdowns receiving, scored five touchdowns rushing, threw for another score, and then added three more touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns.
Defensively he tallied 67 tackles, five pass deflections, and two fumble recoveries.
“I am being recruited as a WR/TE and some at LB,” said Boardinham. “Right now I like offense, but I’m very open to defense.
Boardingham is the No. 479 rated prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.
The Inside Scoop: If Southern Cal applies the pressure, you have to love their chances. Other than that, we'll wait to see if Florida can get him on campus. You hope that Billy Napier doesn't fall into the same trap as Dan Mullen in overrecruiting the west coast when he first arrived, overestimating Florida's pull and coming up empty time and again.