Roper’s background impresses Virgil

The Gators had great luck last year in landing two top quarterbacks but they are looking to add another one in the Class of 2015.

Last Thursday, the Gators made headway in that department by offering another quarterback. This time it was quarterback Chason Virgil (6-1, 169, Mesquite, TX West Mesquite) who received the offer.

“Coach [Kurt] Roper came by last Thursday but we didn’t get to really talk that much due to NCAA rules,” Virgil said. “He came by to see me at my scrimmage, it was my first one of the spring, and he said that I impressed him a lot. My head coach is the one that said that Florida offered me so that’s really how it went.”

Since Virgil was unable to talk at length with Roper during the school visit, he gave him a call that night to talk more with him about the offer.

“I called Coach Roper that night and we talked some things and he told me what Florida had to offer,” Virgil said. “He said that I would fit perfect into his offense. With him coming over now and running basically the same thing as my high school he said I would be perfect there.”

Roper may not have said much in person to Virgil but the quarterback knows his resume and is very impressed by Roper’s background.

“My impression of Kurt Roper is impressive because of the quarterbacks he’s worked with like Eli Manning and others,” Virgil said. “Looking at what he did with the guys at Duke last year it’s impressive and he has 3 quarterbacks in the NFL right now that played for him. It means he has a great style and it makes me very interested in Florida because of that.”

With Roper’s background and the chance to be the next NFL quarterback to play under him has peaked the Texas native’s interest in Florida.

“I have a lot of interest in Florida but I might not get to visit them before I make a decision but I will definitely visit them,” Virgil said. “If Florida is the school I decide to go then I will visit this summer and if I commit to them I will go to one of their camps. I don’t think that I will get to visit before I make a decision.”

Despite saying he will make a decision soon the Texas quarterback doesn’t have a solid timetable but does say it will be soon and three schools are after him harder than the others.

“I don’t have a for sure date to decide but probably in the next 2 to 3 weeks,” Virgil said. “It’s going to be very soon. I don’t have any favorites but Florida is definitely a school I’m considering heavily. I would say Florida, Mississippi State and Colorado are recruiting me the hardest right now.”

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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, 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.


  1. Don’t think I’ve ever read comments quite like that before. “I’m probably going to make a decision soon…but I may…I definitely will visit Florida later or go to one of their camps if I’m going to choose them?” Obviously, I’m paraphrasing, but that’s how it read. Quite odd actually.

    • Lol I had to go back and listen to the interview several times to make sure I heard that right but it was definitely something that I hadn’t heard before.