Offensive line is the position that gets the most attention as far as needs go for the Florida Gators, but getting linebackers in the class of 2016 is also a huge need.
During the spring evaluation period the Gators have visited several top linebacker targets and two weeks ago the Gators offered another one that is committed to an arch rival.
Miami linebacker commit Zach McCloud (6-2, 218, Lake Worth, FL Santaluces) was the recipient of that offer from the Gators after defensive line coach Chris Rumph visited him at his school.
“It was coach Rumph that offered me over the phone,” McCloud said. “He talked a lot about needing me at linebacker and that he was hoping to get me up to Gainesville for a visit this summer.”
McCloud has been committed to Miami since last November but he’s listening to what the Florida Gators coaches are saying to him.
“I’ve been talking to coach Rumph and to coach Drew Hughes,” McCloud said. “Coach [Geoff] Collins just followed me on Twitter so I plan to start talking to him too. I want to visit them this summer so I can meet everyone and talk to them more then.”
Over the last few weeks McCloud has seen offers from several big name schools come in like Florida and Florida State and he excited to see those offers come in.
“Florida is a great school and it’s honor to receive an offer from them,” McCloud said. “Right now I’m solid to Miami but I do plan to take some other visits this summer to make sure of everything.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Right now McCloud seems solid to Miami but he continues to talk to other schools. McCloud is a guy that can play outside linebacker in the SEC so a visit to Gainesville could help the Gators out.