McClendon has an “eye opening” visit to Florida Gators

This past weekend was another weekend with a huge visitors list of top prospects on campus for the Florida Gators.

Things got started on Friday when the Gators hosted offensive lineman Warren McClendon (6-5, 290, Brunswick, GA. High) on campus for a visit.

“It was good, I really loved it,” McClendon said of his visit to Florida on Friday. “I got to see the Hawkins building which is like their tutoring building, then I got to do a campus tour and talk to the coaches and watch practice.”

This was McClendon’s first time to meet the new coaching staff and while on campus he got to speak to much of the coaching staff.

“I got to talk to a lot of them,” he said on the coaches he got to speak with. “I talked with Coach [Dan] Mullen, Coach [John] Hevesy, Coach [Charlton] Warren and a lot more coaches but I can’t remember all of their names.”

Offensive line coach John Hevesy was the coach who was with McClendon the most as the coach explained how things at Florida operate.

“I talked to Coach Hevesy a lot,” McClendon said. “He was just saying how they’re rebuilding from what was left from the last coaching staff and talking about the Gators standards. He was just talking about how they’re going to go about this season.”

Head coach Dan Mullen also spoke with McClendon on Friday about what he wants to build at Florida in the coming years.

“Just talking about academics and what he’s trying to build,” he said on the message from Mullen. “He talked about a lot of things and how they university can help me.”

McClendon got the chance to watch practice on Friday and he paid a lot of attention to how Hevesy and the linemen were doing things.

“I thought they were going high up-tempo but afterwards they told me the practice was pretty chill,” he said about his impressions of the practice. “I liked how intense Coach Hevesy was, he gets intense and I noticed he focuses on technique a lot.”

This was the first time for McClendon to be in Gainesville and the Gators showed the lineman a lot about what Florida has to offer.

“This visit definitely opened up my eyes about Florida,” McClendon said. “I don’t have any leaders though.”

INSIDERS TAKE: McClendon said he would like to make a decision before his season starts and the Gators are one of several teams in the mix for the offensive lineman. Georgia and South Carolina are two teams high up there for McClendon with the Gators.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.