New Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen is hitting the ground running in recruiting and one of the biggest things he’s trying to fix is the offensive line.
Last Friday, new Gators assistant coach John Hevesy visited one of the Gators’ top targets on the line when he visited Florida State offensive line commit Christian Meadows (6-3, 330, Montezuma, GA. Macon County) at his school.
“It went good, I’ve known Coach Hevesy since he was at Mississippi State,” Meadows said of Hevesy visiting him on Friday. “I’ve known him since my sophomore year so we had a nice conversation about school and how’s he’s moving from Mississippi State to Gainesville.”
Hevesy is new to the Gators but Meadows and him have had a relationship dating back two years.
“It’s really good relationship,” he said. “We just sat down and talked and had a good time with each other. He’s someone that’s easy to get along with.”
During their conversation Hevesy didn’t really give a big recruiting pitch to Meadows but simply worked on getting the Florida State commit on campus.
“He didn’t really tell me too much but we talked about me scheduling my official visit,” Meadows said on the talk with Hevesy. “I’m going to come down this weekend for an unofficial visit.”
Meadows is no stranger to Florida, he has visited Gainesville several times in the past, and he admits he has real interest in the Gators.
“I like Florida personally, I have a couple of family members that stay down in Florida,” he said on his interest in Florida. “That’s why I’m taking my unofficial and official visit so I can get down there and learn more about the University of Florida.”
When Meadows visits Gainesville this weekend, the Florida State commit knows what he’s looking to see.
“Just to get a tour of the campus,” Meadows said on what he’s looking forward to seeing this weekend. “Probably meet more of the coaching staff since Coach Mullen has come in and brought some new guys with him.”
With Florida State losing Jimbo Fisher, Meadows admits that he’s waiting to see what happens but also admits that he’s been keeping in contact with other schools.
“It really has but even before then I have had my options open,” Meadows said on where things stand in his recruitment with FSU not having a coach. “Some schools probably didn’t know that because they thought I was hard commit but I was telling them that I was still keeping my eyes open.”
Heading into the new year, Meadows has two official visits already planned including one to see the Gators again.
“I’m going to take my official visit on January 20th,” he said. “I also have one set up to Miami on January 27th.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Meadows is in a wait and see approach with Florida State but Florida is a school that has his attention with his relationship with John Hevesy.