The Florida Gators are hunting for offensive linemen in a big way and on Monday the Gators offered one of the top instate lineman.
Offensive lineman Stone Forsythe (6-7, 331, Winter Garden, FL West Orange) was the prospect that received the news from defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.
“Coach Collins said that they officially offered me and they want me to do everything I can to graduate early so I can get in the program,” Forsythe said. “I was excited when coach Collins told me that because he said I’d fit in well because they are very thin on the offensive line.”
Forsythe has visited Florida several times and he has become very familiar with offensive line coach Mike Summers.
“I like him a lot and he knows what he’s doing and produces NFL offensive linemen,” Forsythe said. “We have a good relationship with each other and we talk a lot. I like his coaching style and his calm approach on the field.”
Not only does Forsythe have a good relationship with Summers but he also has a good relationship with head coach Jim McElwain and his staff.
“Coach McElwain has been telling me that he would love to see me in the Orange and Blue one day,” Forsythe said. “He’s a really good guy and I’ve had the opportunity to get to know him pretty well. Really all of the coaches bring a lot of energy to the team and they have a different atmosphere around there then last year.”
Over the last few years Forsythe has visited Florida several times and has been waiting on this offer and now he’s excited to have it.
“It’s very exciting because they have been my team growing up as a kid,” Forsythe said. “They are on top now that they have offered me because I like them a lot. I’m going to talk everything over with my parents and decide on a decision date.
INSIDERS TAKE: Forsythe is the Gators to lose right now and it will take a lot for Florida not to land the big offensive lineman. Forsythe is a big body that could help Florida get on the board as far as linemen go.