As a lifelong fan whose parents attended the University of Florida, after receiving an offer from the Gators over the weekend Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles three-star defensive end @Jack Py">Jack Pyburn could hardly contain his excitement – tweeting it is his dream offer.
After an amazing meeting with @coach_bnapier I am blessed to receive my Dream offer from THE University of Florida!! Go Gators🐊🐊 @RWrightRivals @Jason_Higdon @Swamp_247 @SWiltfong247 @DeshawnBrownInc @Bolles_Football pic.twitter.com/FExd6uPQpd
— Jack Pyburn (@JackPyburn1) January 30, 2022
“It meant a lot,” Pyburn said of his offer from Florida. “It's something I grew up dreaming about. It's pretty surreal to get it.”
Leading up to the offer Pyburn received the full treatment of what a Florida official visit entails.
“Spending time with the coaching staff, seeing everything, honestly I think the whole visit was a highlight,” said Pyburn. “It was just amazing.”
Part of that experience was getting to know his player-host, Florida linebacker Derek Wingo.
“He told me that they need me, but really, he answered a lot of the questions I had,” said Pyburn. “I kind of asked him what the guys are really like, how everyone is responding to the new staff, and what he thinks of the direction the program is going in. Everything he said is pretty much what I wanted to hear. He was honest with me. It was great.”
As stated above, he spent plenty of time around the staff. In particular, Florida's new defensive line coach Sean Spencer.
“Coach Chaos, it's in his name, he's got super energy” replied Pyburn when asked about his potential future position coach. “He's a great coach. He's a great guy.”
Pyburn, who said he measured in at close to 6-foot-4, while weighing 265-pounds, could be moved around the defensive line depending on how much more weight he puts on.
“Right now they see me as a Buck, but with the potential to grow into a hand in the dirt type of player.”
If he were to make his decision based solely on his heart, there's no doubt he would be publicly committed to Florida at this time.
However, making life-changing decisions have to come only after careful consideration.
“It's going to come down to fit. I'm pretty torn right now in a lot of directions. People say now that I've been offered [by Florida] that it's a 'no brainer' It's not at all. It's very much an extremely tough decision. There are a lot of things I need to weigh, including fit and feel. Do I see myself living there, being happy there, playing there, and thriving? It's going to be tough. It's going to come down to the wire.”
Just last week Pyburn was down to a final two of Auburn and Miami. However, with Florida entering the race so late, the final two have been expanded by one.
“It's Miami, Auburn, and Florida. A three-way race. I really don't have a leader right now. I'm really torn.”
As for when the news of his choice will be revealed, Pyburn said, “It could happen tomorrow or it could happen right when I'm sitting there on Tuesday.”
He did say though that the plan is to let each coaching staff know of his decision before he makes his public announcement on Tuesday.
The Inside Scoop: Though he didn’t come out and call Florida the leader, you have to feel good about the Gators chances here. He will be making his choice known at some point Tuesday on CBS Sports – so don’t expect any news before then.