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Booker rates Florida visit a perfect 10

June 6, 2021

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The last time Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star offensive lineman Tyler Booker‍ visited Florida was for both of the Gators' back-to-back Jr. Days in February and March of 2020 – right before a 15 month NCAA mandated on-campus recruiting dead period when into effect.

At that time, Florida looked to be in excellent shape to eventually land the 6-foot-5, 325-pounder.

After a weekend official visit to Gainesville, though he doesn't publicly say it, it might just be safe to assume that the Gators are still the team to beat.

When asked about his visit, Booker replied, “It was great, I really enjoyed the whole process here, it's really been a dream come true. I grew up a Gators' fan and I was able to live almost like a Gator, so to say, for the weekend. It was just a great experience overall.

This visit was different for a wide variety of reasons ranging from a multi-day stay on campus to getting more in-person time with coaches and players, but also because the one-time defensive tackle prospect is now fully bought into playing offensive line at the next level.

That meant that Booker focused on what being an offensive lineman at Florida would entail.

“It was great just because when I met them when I was here last time, but at the time I was defensive-minded, so to be able to spend that time with Coach Hev [John Hevesy] one on one with him breaking down my game and how he could develop me, who he has developed, it was very reassuring.”

One of Florida's selling points is that, to be nice, at times they've had to do more with less. To this point even though they haven't been able to stock the cupboard with highly rated offensive linemen, they have still had success.

With that being the case, they asked Booker to imagine what they could do with a raw talent such as himself.

“It meant a lot because he's developed some of these lower-level guys out of high school and I am the best offensive tackle in high school right now, the best offensive lineman in high school, and if he developed them, and elevated their game why can't he do the same thing with me?”

Not only was Booker impressed with the Florida coaching staff, but with his fellow visitors as well.

“That was great as well,” Booker said of hanging out with fellow prospects and current players. “There's a bunch of great guys on this trip. I had a few guys from IMG and some guys I knew just from social media, so I got to meet all of them. Talk to all of them, build a little bit of a relationship with them because I see Florida's recruiting a lot of high-level guys like myself. That's how you build the class, that's how you win championships.”

Two of the current players he hung out with were his player host Richie Leonard and his former teammate Kamar Wilcoxson.

“It was good to see Kamar,” said Booker. “That was my guy for his short time at IMG. I got to know him, his work ethic and how he is very strategical, and about his business. So to hear a guy like that, who is very intelligent, speak so highly about a school, it's hard not to listen.”

Adding everything up, Booker said that the weekend visit helped elevate Florida even more.

“It meant a lot actually,” said Booker. “I didn't expect to like the visit as much as I did. I didn't expect to have as great as a time as I did, learn as much as I did.”

Booker, who said he would rate the visit as a 10, said that one thing stuck out to him above all else.

“The highlight of the weekend was the player's panel,” explained Booker. “They just really broke down how I would be able to leave my legacy. That's something I've always been big about. You can look at anything I say, any interview I've ever done, I've always talked about leaving my legacy. The legacy is already made at Bama, the legacy is already made at Georgia, but I can revive something, and it won't be easy, but it's very possible because this staff was a part of those two National Championships. So me being able to come to Florida, possibly, and win National Championships, what better way to leave a legacy.”

He said that he plans on taking his official visits in the month of June to Oregon (6/14), Georgia (6/18), Ohio State (6/21), and Alabama (6/25) will go home, take notes on his visits, discuss it with his family, and then make his commitment before the start of IMG's football season, most likely in July.

Booker is the No. 40 ranked prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.

Booker rates Florida visit a perfect 10

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By all accounts the staff did an amazing job with so many recruits this weekend. Hard to not be optimistic about this! #ChompChomp
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Mr. Booker we here at inside the Gators hope your visit will stand out to you all the way to signing day. It would be great to have you as a Gator! Chomp Chomp.....
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