FLORIDA FOOTBALL & RECRUITING COVERAGE
- WCC Insider: The biggest recruiting news from the weekend
- WCC Insider: Incident impacted coaching search
- Anonymous Player Q&A II: Thoughts on the quarterbacks, freshmen, transfers
- Anonymous Player Q&A I: Thoughts on the 2020 & 2021 seasons
- The stars aligned in Florida's favor
- Florida's Great Eight Targets
- WCC Insider: Some notes from Tuesday’s football team meeting
- Florida Football Parental Roundtable III – Wilson
- Getting to Know: Offensive Line Signee Christian Williams
- Florida is the perfect fit for Miller to fulfill his promise
- Napier described as patient, genuine, with a detailed approach
- 15 players who are the Foundation of Florida Football
- Napier has a plan in place
- Coaching search consultant Landry goes in-depth on Mullen and Napier
During his latest press conference, Billy Napier provided Gator nation a glimpse into the embodiment of what a man with a plan talks and acts like. Napier spoke of the greatness to come, and the Gator staff and fans alike are hoping that current Texas A&M commit, Cypress (Tx.) Cy Park five-star linebacker Harold Perkins is a part of a return to glory Napier plans to reestablish.
A seat next to Napier for dinner at Spurrier’s on Friday and a personal entourage consisting of the likes of Kamari Wilson encompassed an attractive weekend in Gainesville for Perkins.
“It was fun, it was exciting,” stated Perkins. “I feel like the new staff is bringing new things here, I’m liking it.”
The effort by the program as a whole to cater to the players was most important to Perkins as he extended his admiration for the new Gator staff.
“I like that they’re spending more money on the players and stuff and investing in the players. Even though they just got together, they act like they’ve been together for a while.”
Perkins commented on the new facility that looks to serve as a destination point in the future for the country’s most talented prospects.
“I was excited to see it. I feel like them doing that, like I said, it’s going to bring a lot of people down here,” said Perkins after having an opportunity to tour the incomplete, but massive, complex.”
Perkins spoke on his current commitment and the potential OVs he had beyond Florida although he stated that they were set up yet.
“I want to go to Miami. I’m going to see LSU too. I have two more [official visits].”
With his trip to Gainesville most fresh in his mind, Perkins was asked to rate his commitment to the Aggies in a percentage that could have both programs at the edge of their seats.
“That isn’t for me to do. That’s for y’all to do. Y’all the people that do that. Y’all like to put percentages on stuff. So, y’all do it. At the end of the day, we’ll see what’s going to happen.”
A testament to the city and Napier, on the Gainesville and Napier’s vision for him as a Gator.
“It’s very down to earth. I love the people. The people here will show you a lot of love. I’ve always said I wanted to be an X-Factor. That’s kind of how coach Napier sees me.”
An opportunity to spread his wings on the defensive end in a Gator’s jersey saw Perkins spend his weekend around Coach Napier, co- defensive coordinator and safeties coach Patrick Toney and, who Perkins described as “icing on the cake,” support staff member Jamar Chaney.
“Chaney that’s my dawg. I was locked in with Chaney when they first offered me when they had the old staff. But that’s my dawg, we’ve been locked in. Even though he left and went to Mississippi state we were still talking and stuff.”
It wasn't just his interaction with the staff that caught his attention.
According to Perkins, his player-host, Trey Dean, filled him in on what is currently taking place at Florida.
"He told me the good, the bad, and the difference between this staff and the old staff," said Perkins. However, he smiled while passing up the chance to provide more detail. "Just stuff that we talked about as players and stuff like that."