Florida a “game changer” for McNair

Linebacker Darrien McNair (6-3, 225, Ocala, FL Trinity Catholic) came to Florida’s junior day two weeks ago without an offer but that changed in a hurry.

“Coach (Will) Muschamp offered me during junior day,” McNair said. “He was saying that he wanted me to come play football for the University of Florida and that he wanted me to come play WILL linebacker because I fit the scheme that he likes to run at Florida.”

A Mississippi State commitment, McNair visited the Florida campus for the first time. He came away with the visit particularly impressed with Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin.

“I really liked the visit,” McNair said. “I really liked how they were going over the academic side of things during the visit. I really liked all of the coaches there especially Coach Durkin. Coach Durkin is laid back but at the same time he’s out going and stuff like that. He’s a good coach.”

McNair who claims he grew up rooting for Florida says he likes what he has seen out of Florida’s defense under Will Muschamp.

“I really like the Gators defense,” McNair said. “They are aggressive and Coach Muschamp always has them ready to play. They have been really good and one of the best in the country the last few years since he’s been there.”

The Trinity Catholic linebacker committed to Mississippi State in December but receiving an offer from Florida changes everything.

“I’m still committed to Mississippi State,” McNair said. “But this Florida offer is a game changer for me. I’ve got to talk to my coaches and my family about everything right now because I grew up a Florida fan.”

Next up for McNair is likely to be more college trips including another trip down the road to Gainesville after he talks with Florida.

“I’m going to call Coach Durkin about getting back up to Florida pretty soon,” McNair said. “Since I live really close I can go up there anytime I want.”

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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.