The Florida Gators offered several prospects during junior day two weeks ago as the coaching staff starts to focus on the class of 2017.
Defensive back Latavious Brini (6-2, 184, Hialeah Gardens, FL Mater Academy) was one of those prospects that picked up an offer from Jim McElwain and Florida.
“I got the offer during junior day from Coach McElwain,” Brini said. “He said that he would love to have me on campus. He said that I have a great body frame. He said that he liked my height and he loved my positive attitude. He just said that he loved my game basically.”
Brini, who holds offers from the likes of Arkansas and LSU, was excited to learn of the offer from the Florida Gators for several reasons.
“The offer means a lot,” he said. “Florida is in one of the biggest conference, the SEC, it means a lot. Florida is a great school for academics; if football doesn’t get you anywhere then your degree gets you farther and gets you a great job. I could also join DBU too.”
Linebackers coach Randy Shannon and defensive coordinator Geoff Collins also had the chance to talk to Brini during the visit and Shannon shared a quick message with him.
“I got to talk to Coach Collins and Coach Shannon during the visit too,” Brini said. “Coach Shannon said he was excited to have me up there and that Florida is a great school for me. I only got to talk briefly with him though.”
When Brini was one campus two weeks ago, the Gators didn’t have a defensive back coach, so Collins took over the positional recruiting message for the defensive back.
“Coach Collins was telling me the same thing really,” he said. “In high school I play corner but most people have me listed as safety. Florida didn’t really say which one they want me at but I hope it’s at corner. If they want me at safety then I will play there though.”
One thing that stood out to Brini during the visit was the atmosphere around campus as the prospects were able to watch Florida defeat West Virginia in basketball.
“The facilities were great and huge, I love it,” Brini said. “The Swamp was great. I love the fan base; the fan base is great there. The fan base just made me feel like I was at home.”
Now that Florida has offered the South Florida prospect, Brini says that he has a leader a clear number two now in his recruitment.
“I could say Florida is my leader and then Kentucky,” he said. “I’m planning on getting back up to the Swamp soon, very soon. I’m thinking about going up there for the spring game.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Florida is in great shape early on for the 2017 defensive back who can play both cornerback or safety.