Florida in McGriff’s top 5

With the Florida offense moving to more of a spread attack the Gators are starting to recruit a different kind of athlete.

The Gators have moved to recruiting guys that can play multiple positions and one of those players they are recruiting is athlete D’Anfernee McGriff (6-2, 230, Tallahassee, FL Leon) who can play a number of positions and also has the Gators in his top group.

“Florida is in my top 5 right now,” McGriff said. “My top 5 schools are FSU, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Auburn.”

Last month McGriff visited Florida for the Gators’ junior day. While in Gainesville he talked to his area recruiter Mike Summers about where he could play in the Gators offense.

“I talk to Coach [Mike] Summers from Florida a lot,” McGriff said. “He basically just tells me that I’m a guy that can move around a lot because they want to get me the ball. He said that I can play running back, slot receiver, and maybe even some wildcat quarterback.”

Also while McGriff was in Gainesville he had the chance to talk to Will Muschamp about how the head coach sees him fitting in.

“When I visited Florida I also talked to Coach Muschamp and I’ve talked to him several times on the phone too,” McGriff said. “He tells me all the time that he wants me and that I can be a big help to the program as a big back that can also flex out to receiver.”

McGriff wasn’t as high on Florida when the Gators had Brent Pease calling the shots on offense but since Kurt Roper has come in the Leon athlete feels like he fits in better at Florida.

“I really like that Florida is going to an up-tempo spread offense,” McGriff said. “Since they changed to that offense I feel like Florida fits my game and style of play better now than they did before. I feel like that I can make plays for them.”

Now that McGriff has a top-5 list of schools he is in the process of visiting those schools again and also getting ready to make a decision in the coming months.

“I want to take a few more visits this spring to some schools,” McGriff said. “After I do that I will evaluate all of the schools with my mom and I will make a decision this summer.”

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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.