The Florida Gators may only have one offensive lineman committed for the class of 2016 but it isn’t for the lack of trying and on Saturday the Gators handed out an offer to a lineman from Hawaii.
That lineman was Michael Eletise (6-4, 313, Honolulu, HI Kaiser) who said he heard the news from defensive line coach Chris Rumph.
“The offer was given to me by coach Rumph on Saturday,” Eletise said. “He’s a great guy and he told me that they would love to have me and that I could help make a difference for them. He also told me how they could help me grow in my career and have a really good education there.”
Since Eletise is from Hawaii he hasn’t seen a Gators game in person but he does know a few things about Florida and that makes the offer a special one to him.
“It means the world to get an offer from Florida, I’m honored,” he said. “I appreciate so much that they would look at me and since I’m far from them they must like me a lot. I don’t know a lot yet about Florida other than I like Tim Tebow. So I know that he went there and I know the stories about Gatorade but that’s really all I know. I plan to do some research soon.”
Eletise is the latest prospect to get an offer on the offensive line and while Rumph didn’t get into too many details with the lineman he did tell him about Florida’s need at the position.
“We didn’t get into all the details yet but he said they need linemen bad,” Eletise said. “I think they want me at guard but I have been playing mostly tackle but coach Rumph said we would talk more soon.”
The Gators have yet to visit Eletise, but the big offensive lineman hopes to be able to come to Gainesville for a visit soon.
“I have a lot of interest in Florida,” Eletise said. “I’m not sure when I will visit but there is a chance this summer that I may visit. I may come down to IMG Academy for some training and then would come for a visit. I’ll be in Florida for the All-American game so I may come before that.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Eletise is a Under Armour All-American that will participate in the Opening this July in Oregon. Eletise was close to moving to IMG Academy for his senior year but decided to stay home to play for his high school but the offensive lineman is planning to head to IMG this summer for training and that’s likely when he will visit Florida.