It's no secret that after three visits to Florida over the spring, the Gators are in great shape with Tampa (Fla.) Gaither four-star receiver Eugene Wilson.
“Florida's so close that whenever I get a chance to take one [visit] there I can get in the car and go,” explained Wilson. “When I went to Alabama, we had to plan it out more. For Florida you drive two hours and you're there.”
The convenience that led to those multiple trips to Gainesville allowed Wilson to familiarize himself with the new UF coaching staff.
“They all remind me of my favorite coach on the staff here [at Gaither], the receiver coach, they can be friends with you away from football, but at practice or on the field you better be giving them your full attention.”
His potential future position coach is the person he is building the closest bond with.
“The relationship that we have is great,” Wilson said of Gators' receiver coach Keary Colbert. “But seeing some of the receivers he has produced has me excited about working with him.”
If that sounded a whole lot like he has made his choice, it's because he has, but he hasn't.
“I'll be narrowing it down to a top-five, but Florida is my favorite right now,” said Wilson. “Every category I have for making my decision, they check it off. I see myself there more than anywhere else. I have to see what's out there.”
Though he has a front-runner, as he explained above, he wants to see what others have to offer.
Now that high school spring football is concluding here in the Sunshine State, the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder said that his focus will return to recruiting.
“I slowed recruiting down a little bit over the spring to focus on my team, but I've set two Ovs [official visits] to Florida on June 17 and [Texas] A&M on the first weekend of June and I'm looking to add Alabama and another visit for the summer and save the last one for the fall.”
He said he plans on making his announcement before the start of his senior season.