The Florida Gators continued their roll of commits on Sunday afternoon when quarterback Kyle Trask (6-6, 212, Manvel, TX High) committed to Florida after visiting the Gators for Friday Night Lights.
“This was my second time visiting Florida and it definitely felt like a place I could call home for four years,” Trask said on why he committed to Florida. “I called the coaches on Sunday and told them that I wanted to be a Gator.”
Trask called Florida Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and head coach Jim McElwain to tell them the news and they were very happy to hear it.
“They were very excited when I told them the news,” he said of the coach’s reactions. “They were very happy for me and they said that we can win some championships together. Coach McElwain was just very excited.”
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier watched Trask throw in person this spring, plus twice during football camps in Gainesville and he told Trask about the offer on Saturday afternoon.
“He thinks that I have the mental toughness to play there and that he wanted to offer,” Trask said of when Nussmeier offered him. “He said that I have all of the attributes to play there and compete there. I was really fired up to hear that.”
McElwain met with Trask on Saturday before the quarterback left Gainesville to head back to Texas and the message was simple from McElwain to the quarterback.
“He was telling me about Florida being a top-10 public institution in the country,” Trask said. “He said that I will have a good academic career and football career here and that I will be set up for life after football.”
Despite the commitment from Trask you can expect the Gators to continue to push for another quarterback after not signing one in 2015.
“Coach Nussmeier said that they plan to take two quarterbacks this year,” Trask said. “That’s fine with me but they told me about that when they offered me on Saturday.”
Florida now has 18 verbal commits in the class of 2016.
INSIDERS TAKE: Trask doesn’t start for his high school team and has had chances to transfer but he has decided to stick it out with Manvel in hopes of earning the starting nod. Doug Nussmeier noticed Trask during the evaluation period and invited the quarterback to camp, where he threw not once, but twice for the Gators coaching staff.