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Former Florida standout Floyd mentoring current top target White

May 3, 2021
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It isn’t often that Florida goes into Pennsylvania to battle for the services of a prospect, but when they do, the Gators have an impressive batting average of landing top-tier signees from the Keystone State.

Staring with Philadephia (Pa.) George Washington five-star defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd in the Class of 2010, over a 10 year period UF landed four signees (Floyd, Colin Thompson, Alex Anzalone, Kyle Pitts) who were ranked among the top-five prospects in the state according to the 247 Sports Composite, before landing Canonsburg (Pa.) Peters Township four-star safety Donovan McMillon during the last cycle.

Now, two of those former signees are factoring into why Florida is a finalist for Philadephia (Pa.) Imhotep Institute four-star defensive end Enai White‍.

As a matter of fact, earlier today the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder worked out with one of the two reasons - former Gators' lineman Floyd.

“I've known him for a little while now,” White said of Floyd. “I'm just getting back in the flow of things with him. It's been great learning from him because he’s been in my position and he knows what it takes to get to the highest level.”

For his part, Floyd said that White has impressed him.

“Enai is a young player that has a really high ceiling,” said Floyd. “Watching him reminds me of [former five-star teammate Ronald] Powell with that crazy athleticism. His being in the gym with the guys shows he’s serious about being good because this is a really competitive space and he’s working with guys who are all already in college or the league.”

As White stated above, Floyd has already been where he wants to go. A former five-star out of Pennsylvania who signed with Florida before going on to become a first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings.

Floyd has talked to White about Florida, but hasn't given him the 'hard sell.'

“He has told me Florida's a great university,” said White.

“As far as recruiting I really haven’t said too much to him [about Florida],” explained Floyd. “My advice is always the same. The glitz and glamour don’t really matter. Your development as a player and person does. Go play for coaches that are real people and care about you. That’s what I had and it meant a lot to me and still does.”

Though he doesn’t try to push Florida on White, make no mistake about it, Floyd has strong feelings about the Orange & Blue.

“Being a Gator is something special,” said Floyd. “The fans and the experience stick with you forever. We battled in some classic games, so you get the best of everything down there. You can’t go wrong, especially seeing what Kyle [Pitts] did. Philly and Florida are looking undefeated right now.”

Taking Floyd’s advice to heart, according to White a couple of months ago he went on a virtual visit to Florida.

When asked about the highlight of the online visit he replied, “I enjoyed everything they had to offer. I speak to coach Tim Brewster a lot. We talk about how I will be used and how much they want me.”

Next up Florida will receive the first of the four official visits he has already set up. He'll be at Florida the opening weekend of June, followed by a trip to Georgia, and then Alabama before ending the month at Ohio State.

White told Inside the Gators that he hasn’t finalized his fifth and final official visit.

Later Tuesday aternoon White will release his list of finalists. 

When asked why Florida will make the cut, White replied, “The Philly ties of [Kyle] Pitts and Sharrif Floyd.”

White is the No. 39 ranked prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.

Former Florida standout Floyd mentoring current top target White

2,443 Views | 4 Replies | Last: 11 days ago by 1bigg8rindade
outofsight
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We really have done great recruiting that state considering it is so far away. What are our chances of getting him?
SFFLORIDAFAN
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Floyd's putting in work with a lot of talented d-linemen up there.

Mark Wheeler
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Final eight.

1bigg8rindade
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If Floyd likes to coach we need to make room for him on the staff if it helps get White.

Make him the assistant to Turner.
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