Florida it is

Feb 9, 2022 | 0 comments

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Then there was one.

Though almost every other relevant prospect made their announcement a week ago, Van Nuys (Calif) Birmingham three-star athlete Arlis Boardingham‍ needed more time as he struggled to decide between Florida and Oregon.

After Bordingham officially visited Florida in mid-January, it appeared as though the Gators had positioned themselves as the leader for his services. However, a final official visit weekend trip to Oregon helped the Ducks close the gap.

“Oregon did impress me, which is why I decided not to sign on National Signing Day,” explained Borardingham.

What were the official visits like?

“Florida and Oregon brought the same things, but in different ways,” Boardingham said of his official visits experience. “Florida was upbeat and let you know how things were and the whole staff knew you and made sure you were talked to. Oregon was more of a mellow approach and a, 'Let you take it in' type and get your own feel for the atmosphere.”

Now that the visits are over, Boardingham shared his thoughts on the two finalists.

Florida: “The bottom line is I like the staff and the fact they had a plan over there and it felt like a different phase at Florida.”

Oregon: “It felt new. I felt good and felt like I could be taken care of over there.”

If there is a wild card here, it may come in the form of a parent.

In their short period of time in Gainesville the new Florida coaching staff has already made a great impression on quite a few parents.

Boardingham admitted it was more of the same.

“My mom likes Florida more,” he said.

As for what it comes down to for who he likes and will choose,

“Connections,” replied Boardingham. “If I’m not close with that staff, then I can’t go there. I want to feel like it’s a place I can call home.”

Boardingham, who is the No. 492 ranked prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite, is set to announce his decision on CBS Sports HQ at 3:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. here on the East Coast).

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