Coker the newest member of the Florida Gators recruiting class

It has been a busy past few for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2019 and on Monday they added yet another member to the class.

2019 offensive lineman Andrew Coker (6-7, 335, Katy, TX. Taylor) announced his commitment to Florida after spending the weekend in Gainesville and he explained why he decided to announce on Monday.

“Mainly, I really like the Gators in general,” Coker said on why he committed on Monday. “ I was just waiting for my dad to get back from his vacation to have him be there with me, so that

Coker committed to both head coach Jim McElwain and offensive line coach Brad Davis and they were very excited to hear the news.

“He said he was excited and he said he woke up with a feeling it was going to be a good day but he didn’t know it was going to be this good,” he said on what McElwain said when he committed. “He [Brad Davis] was ecstatic too. He was really happy because I’m the first offensive lineman in the class to commit. So yeah, he’s happy.”

Coker says he was welcomed onto campus and felt like a priority for the Gators during his visit to Gainesville.

“Yeah. I had a feeling that it felt like home to me and that’s a big thing for me,” Coker said on the feeling he got while on campus last weekend. “And I decided that yeah, this is where I wanna go.”

Last weekend’s visit to Florida was something that Coker has been thinking about for awhile as the Texas native grew pulling for the team in Orange and Blue.

“I really fell in love with it at a young age, fell in love with the college,” he said on what made him a Gators fan growing up. “I loved Tim Tebow growing up. He was one of my favorite college football players. I love their football history.”

Coker had the chance over the weekend to work with offensive line coach Brad Davis and the lineman walked feeling comfortable with Davis.

“I like him a lot, actually,” Coker said on his first impression of Brad Davis. “He’s one that he seems like he’s aimed to be more than a football coach. He cares for you, you know. He’s a lot more than a football coach. That’s what really made me pull the trigger.”

After camping with Davis, Coker had the chance to sit down and hear the Gators coach’s message.

“He was just telling me that it’s a great school,” he said on Davis’ recruiting pitch. “I mean, obviously it’s in the SEC and that it’s big time and that and that we could be something special.”

McElwain also made sure to give Coker a recruiting pitch about making his dream of being a Gator come true.

“He was just telling me that it was my dream, which it was. And that I’ve gotta take it, so I took it, and here we are now,” Coker said on what McElwain told him while on the trip.”

Joining Coker on campus last weekend was several Gators commits including two 2019 commits Jaleel McRae and John Dunmore and the two of them were working on Coker.

“They were pulling my arm to commit real early and I just told them that I had to wait a few more days on my dad,” he said on hanging out with the current commits. “And now we’re all together hopping on board.”

INSIDERS TAKE: Coker says that his decision is solid and that he plans to turn his attention to recruiting others to Florida including several guys in his district out in Texas.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.