Willie Hibbler (6-6, 224, Sardis, MS North Panola) has already committed to Ole Miss, but the 2015 prospect was extremely happy Monday when he got a call from Florida head coach Will Muschamp.
“Coach (Will) Muschamp offered me the scholarship to Florida on Monday,” Hibbler said. “He called my head coach and he put me on the phone. When I got on the phone Coach Muschamp said he was excited to offer me and he wants to get me down to campus for a visit soon. He said they want to come be a Gator and help them change the program around.”
Hibbler is from Mississippi but he says the team that was his favorite while growing up was the Florida Gators.
“I loved the offer because I’ve always loved Florida since I was little,” Hibbler said. “I think that’s where I want to take my talents to and help Coach Muschamp and the Gators out.”
Hibbler sees a lot of positive reasons to visit Florida, among them a chance to see what the real world is like outside the state of Mississippi.
“Florida is not close to home but it’s also not too far away from home either,” Hibbler said. “I think if I go to Florida I would be more dedicated to football than I would be if I stayed in-state because I don’t have home to fall back on. I would ready go out in the real world out of state and get ready for life and let Coach Muschamp take me through life and help me become a better man.”
In a little more than one week Hibbler will get down to Gainesville to see the campus but at least for now he still sees himself an Ole Miss commit.
“I will visit Florida on February 22nd for junior day,” Hibbler said. ““Right now it’s 50-50 between Ole Miss and Florida. I have a whole another year to go but I’m going to announce my final decision on national signing day.”
Most recruiting services list Hibbler as an athlete or even a tight end but Will Muschamp sees Hibbler playing multiple positions.
“Coach Muschamp said I could play everywhere outside like receiver, slot and tight end,” Hibbler said. “He said most people think I’m a tight end but because I can move and my size but he wants me more as a receiver.”