Florida feels like home to Atlanta DB

School is out for most high school students, which means only one thing and that is that college campuses will start filling up with top prospects visiting football programs for either camps or unofficial visits.

On Sunday Florida got the ball rolling as they hosted cornerback Darius Slayton (6-1, 175, Norcross, GA Greater Atlanta Christian) for an unofficial visit with his parents.

“It was a good visit, my parents and myself enjoyed the day,” Slayton said. “We got to do a full-on tour of all of the football facilities and the buildings related to the academics. It was full day of nothing but tours and talking to coaches.

During the visit Slayton had the opportunity to talk to several of Florida’s coaches but something else stood out to the Georgia star.

“The atmosphere and the environment stood out the most to me because Florida had a home feel to it,” Slayton said. “It was also good to talk to Coach [Will] Muschamp and one of the strength and conditioning coaches. I also got to spend a lot of time with Coach [Coleman] Hutzler because he moved around with us the most throughout the day.”

Like all unofficial visits the day concluded with Slayton and his parents sitting down to talk with Muschamp about his plans for the cornerback if he chooses Florida.

“Coach Muschamp said that he wanted me to be a Gator and that I could help them out,” Slayton said. “He said that I would obviously play corner and they play a lot of bump and run which requires length and speed which is why he said I would be a great asset for them. It was good to hear the head coach tell me that I’m a good fit for his program.”

Recently Slayton put out a top eight that consisted of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee but he said after Sunday that has changed.

“I like Florida a lot after I visited them and got the feel for the program,” Slayton said. “Right now I don’t know who all is in my top 8 right now. I have several visits planned for this summer and after that hopefully I’ll have a better take on my top 8 but Florida should be in there.”

With the Gators showing Slayton a good time on his visit he says that he will return to Gainesville either later this summer or for a game this fall.


Insider Take: Right now it will be tough to knock off Auburn as the Tigers are a program that has been on Slayton the longest.

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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.