Florida currently sits at two verbal commitments for the Class of 2016 and last week the Gators visited their lone out-of-state commitment.
That prospect was cornerback Tre Jackson (5-8, 164, Baton Rouge, LA University Lab School) who received a visit from tight ends coach Derek Lewis.
“Coach [Derek] Lewis came by the school last Thursday,” Jackson said. “He just came by the school checking up on me and a couple of teammates like Nick [Brossette]. He was just talking to my coaches and talking to the teachers.”
When the visit was over and Jackson finished up practice on Thursday he gave Lewis a call to talk to his area recruiter more.
“I called him Thursday night to talk to him some more and tell him thanks for coming by,” Jackson said. “He was just talking to me about the future of the program and telling me to keep focusing on my game and the classroom and that he’s glad I’m committed.”
Jackson has been committed to Florida since last July and he says that the communication between the two sides is still going strong.
“I still talk to Florida at least once a week or so, it’s usually Coach Lewis,” Jackson said. “Coach Lewis is a real cool guy and we have a great connection so far. He usually doesn’t even talk to me about football; it’s usually about life and things outside of football.”
When Lewis does talk to Jackson about football its usually the coach informing the commit on what’s going on with the Gators defense.
“I love the defense that Florida has been putting on the field and how they are always a top notch defense,” Jackson said. “I love the cornerbacks they have on the field right now like Vernon [Hargreaves], Quincy [Wilson], and Jalen [Tabor]. I’m excited to join those guys on the defense.”
The excitement that Jackson has for joining the Gators shows how solid he is but he wants everyone to know that he’s a Gator.
“I’m solid to Florida, 100%, I’m a Gator,” Jackson said. “I’m starting to do some recruiting for Florida already. I’m focusing on my running back Nick [Brossette], I think we have a good chance to get him. We are planning on visiting this summer sometime in June.”