The Florida Gators were very active on the recruiting trail last week and they offered several prospects including a 2018 prospect from South Florida.
Rutgers cornerback commit Rachad Wildgoose Jr. (5-11, 190, Miami, FL. Northwestern) picked up the offer from Gators defensive coordinator Randy Shannon last week.
“My head coach told me that Florida was there and that they were watching me,” Wildgoose said of the day he was offered. “Coach Shannon was out at my practice and then he told my head coach that he was offering me.”
Despite being a commit to Rutgers, Wildgoose admits that the Gators offer caught his attention.
“It means a lot to me,” he said on what the offer means to him. “Because that’s my dream school growing up and I know they always have a great defensive backs tradition.”
The defensive back has talked with Shannon before but after he got the offer from Florida, the Gators coach explained that he has been evaluating him for sometime.
“He just tells me that Florida wants me,” Wildgoose said of Shannon’s message. “He says that he’s been watching me a long time and that he wants me to play cornerback for Florida.”
Shannon also explained that the Gators need more defensive backs in 2018 and that Wildgoose fits the bill for Florida.
“He was saying that they need players at my position,” he said of Shannon’s message. “He says that I have all the intangibles and he would love to coach me at Florida.”
Despite getting the offer from Florida, Wildgoose admits that he’s still solid with his Rutgers commitment.
“Rutgers is still number one,” Wildgoose said of his commitment status. “I’m keeping my options open and want to take some visits.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Wildgoose is a prospect that has seen his stock rise a lot this spring and picked up offers from both Florida and Georgia last week. Wildgoose is an athletic corner that can run very well.