Last weekend the Florida Gators hosted three prospects on unofficial visits including offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux (6-5, 291, Orlando, FL Bishop Moore) who enjoyed his time on campus last Saturday.
“It was actually a really fun visit,” Boudreaux said. “I really enjoyed it. I got to check out the campus and meet all of the coaches and some of the players too. I got to check out all of the facilities. I really liked it.”
This was the first time for Boudreaux to meet new head coach Jim McElwain and he walked away believing in the Gators head man.
“I really do think Coach McElwain is going to change the program around,” Boudreaux said. “He’s an awesome guy and he really emphasizes getting all of the instate kids from Florida to go to Florida. He’s really energetic too.”
During the Saturday visit Boudreaux also learned from McElwain that the Gators have him high on the 2016 recruiting board.
“Coach McElwain said I was the top offensive line prospect on their board,” Boudreaux said. “He said that he wanted me to join the family and that I had a really good chance of playing early because they don’t have a lot of depth on the roster. He just kept saying that he wanted me to be apart of the family.”
Boudreaux has met offensive line coach Mike Summers several times in the past but on Saturday he finally got to sit down and talk ball with Summers and another offensive line prospect that was on campus for a visit.
“I sat down for an hour with Coach Summers in his office with Marcus Tatum on Saturday,” Boudreaux said. “We got to sit down and learn some of the run block techniques and some of the keys to being a good pass blocker. Coach Summers definitely knows what he’s doing and he’s one of the best offensive line coaches in the country.”
The Orlando prospect has a lot of coaches calling him daily but he says he calls Summers a lot as the two of them are building a relationship.
“We are building a really good relationship with each other,” Boudreaux said. “We talk about every day or at least every other day on the phone. We are just trying to get to know each other better.”
Boudreaux has over 70 scholarship offers already and he says that Florida is in the thick of things because of McElwain and he also has three other unofficial visits planned for the spring.
“This visit made a big impression on me and I’m real interested in Florida,” Boudreaux said. “Coach McElwain has actually been recruiting since he was at Colorado State so that helps Florida out a lot. I plan to get back up to Florida for a spring practice in a few weeks. I’m also going to Clemson in March and Notre Dame in June.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Florida made a big impression on Boudreaux last weekend and the Gators are now in contention with Clemson and Notre Dame for the offensive line. The good news for Florida is that the Gators will host Boudreaux right after he visits Clemson in March.