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The Inside Scoop: An in-depth, behind the scenes look at a Florida official visit

December 9, 2018
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Over the years we have talked to an endless number of prospects before and after their official visit to Florida for basically the same update over and over again. What did the coaches have to say to you? What was the highlight? What would you rate the visit on a scale of 1-to-10?

If you have ever actually wondered what goes on during an official visit, this Inside the Gators exclusive takes you behind the scenes of what happens Friday through Sunday on campus during an official visit weekend at the University of Florida.

Rosemary White, the mother of Florida offensive line commit Ethan White, was kind enough to share her experience with us through a detailed update combined with a photo blog. 

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FRIDAY 

We arrived to an amazing hotel room at the AC Marriott catered with all of Ethan’s and my favorite snacks! Our keys to our respective rooms were ready with no wait.

All weekend long we were chauffeured around like movie stars! After check-in and a little relaxation time we left the hotel to have light snacks in the President’s Suite in the Swamp. While we ate they played the season highlights on the video board.

After that we went on a tour of the Southwest Recreation Center and then went to dinner with the coaching and support staff at Ballyhoo. Dinner was all about bonding.  The visiting prospects with each other, the parents with each other as well as with the coaches.

After dinner the visiting prospects went out with their 'Big Brother' player hosts. They were given a strict 1:00 a.m. curfew so that they could get plenty of rest for a big day Saturday. While the players were out, the remaining family members spent time together.

Something I did not expect was the strong bond I immediately formed with the other moms.  It brought a real comfort knowing these moms and I were going to be friends and go through the next four years together.  We laughed, played games and rejoiced with each other.  Lee Davis-Begley, Operations of Recruiting Director made sure we wanted for nothing! Our driver was there every step of the way as well!

SATURDAY

Saturday was a full day!  We started off being bussed to breakfast in the Swamp and then a tour of the Hawkins Center where we were given academic presentations and met with professors. We then got a look at what life as a Gator is like as well as a nutrition presentation. 

Next we got to watch a basketball game, had another amazing lunch, this time in the IPF, and watched the football team practice!

The visitors met with Coach Mullen after some late afternoon free time. Then the real fun began Saturday night with the photo shoots. That’s when mom got to have some fun too! I’ll admit that I cried as I watched my son come out in that Gator gear.  After that they showed us the strength program and then we had dinner in the Champions Club.

It is a happy, as well as a sad, moment knowing your little boy is no longer a little boy, and is leaving you.  He, as well as many of the other boys who visited, will have a great start since they graduate early and will be there in January.

SUNDAY 

This was a much shorter day for us because we arrived Friday early afternoon, by NCAA rules we had to depart campus by Sunday early afternoon. The  day consisted of another amazing breakfast, necessary paperwork, meetings with both John Hevesy and Dan Mullen and then the drive home...knowing that in less then 27 days when I come back, I will be less one child at home.

(No photos today. I didn’t want to take pictures inside the coaches’ offices)

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The Inside Scoop: An in-depth, behind the scenes look at a Florida official visit

OrangeandBlue
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Best thing I've read on recruiting. I can feel it in the way the recruits and parents talk us up that Mullen has us going again. This here and what Jones and Summerall parents were tweeting out.

Thanks for the details and pics on how visits go.
1bigg8rindade
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Good read Ms. White. I look forward to seeing your son play. How big is he? Height and weight?

Who are the other people in the pictures?
Naples239
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Wow. Great read. More of those please!!
EricN
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Nice piece. Thank you for sharing your experience
mdvgator
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This is the reason I enjoy this site. There are unique perspectives that you can't find anywhere else. Thanks for the insight!
Mdvgator
Graylon
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Ethan White's mom looks like she could be a cheerleader...
KassidyHill
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1bigg8rindade said:

Good read Ms. White. I look forward to seeing your son play. How big is he? Height and weight?

Who are the other people in the pictures?
I'll answer for Mrs. Rosemary! Not sure if she's seen this.

He's around 6'5", 350-360lb.

In most of the pictures with the other ladies, the blond is Lee, the recruiting coordinator. And Jalon Jones mom is in all of the ones with other ladies so she's the consistent face (shorter hair). Not sure about some of the others.
SwampMagic
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This goes up there with the anonymous player interview for best story. This is a great job showing us what goes on.
Graylon
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Hahahaha you didn't have to tell us who Jalon Jones mom is... they are spitting images of one another.. they could literally be twins..
baseballdad16
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This is one of the best post ever. Would like to get another parent's assessment of recruiting on OV also. Great job Mom . Go Gators???
Eric-UF
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Great write up! REally cool to have the insights into what goes in during these trips...
JayM
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Love that article. Good idea and nice work!
upstateg8tor
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Fantastic piece. Gave the best view of an Official visit that's rarely seen. Well done!
Verobeachgator
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This was real good to see what they do besides the pictures we see where the get in uniform.

How much interaction is there between the current players and visitors?

And is that supposed to be a gator in the top picure?
dbcooper
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Enjoyed reading about just some of the detail of what an Official Visit entails. Great to see the parents bonding and the effort that goes into making this important event special. Maybe Ms. White will do a "Parents Newsletter" during the season. Hope her son and Coach Savage become good buddies over the next 4 years. He looks like he has a road grader chassis.
Mark Wheeler
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Thank each of you for all of the positive feedback. I thought it would be a good read, but she knocked it out of the park by far exceeding my expectations.
outofsight
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She did a really good job with this.

Can she tell us how an in house visit goes?
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