The Florida Gators stole a commit away from the Miami Hurricanes on Tuesday when 2017 offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort (6-6, 323, Miami, FL Norland) flipped to the Gators.
“The reason isbecause when I went up there for camp and to visit, the environment was great,” Telfort said of why he flipped to Florida. “My relationship with Coach Randy Shannon is great and plus my teammate Vosean Joseph is already committed to them.”
Shannon is a native of Miami and has been through a lot of the day-to-day struggles that a lot of young men go through down there in South Florida, and that’s something Telfort took notice of.
“Coach Shannon can relate to me and what I’m going through because we went to the same school,” Telfort said on why he likes Shannon. “When we talk everyday he can relate to the things that I’m saying and he knows what I’m dealing with at school. He’s just someone that I can trust.”
Not only was Shannon and the rest of the Gators coaching staff recruiting Telfort hard, but his teammate, and 2016 linebacker commit Vosean Joseph was also giving him a sales pitch on why the Gators were a better pick than Miami.
“Vosean just told me that if I go to Florida, I’ll have someone with me there,” Telfort said on what Joseph told him. “He said why go to Miami when you can go to Florida and have someone watching over you and helping you out. That was big to me.”
Florida Gators offensive line coach Mike Summers offered Telfort in June when the offensive lineman camped in Gainesville and Summers impressed Telfort a lot that day.
“Coach Summers is a real cool guy and he’s a good coach,” he said of Summers. “He understands that you’re going to make mistakes but instead of hollering at you he just helps you get better and he works with you. He said he liked me a lot and that I could play early there.”
Now that Norland High School has two Gators commits on their team they will be working on another teammate that is committed to Florida State.
“Right now we are trying to recruit our teammate Emmett Rice,” Telfort said on who he’s recruiting. “He’s good with Florida State right now but he’s listening to us and we are trying to get him to come to Florida.”
2017 quarterback commit Jake Allen was very vocal when Telfort committed to Florida on Tuesday and the two have talked a good bit since that day.
“I didn’t get a chance to talk to him much before I committed but once he found out that I was going to be a Gator he called me,” he said of Jake Allen said. “He said he was glad to have me on the team that he was looking forward to meeting me one day.”
Despite gaining Telfort’s commitment the Gators will still have to recruit Telfort hard as he still has two years left of school but the lineman says he’s a solid Gator at this time.
“I’m solid to Florida and I don’t have any more trips planned,” Telfort said of his commitment status to the Gators. “I plan on either getting to Florida for Friday Night Lights or for a game this fall.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Telfort is the ideal offensive lineman for McElwain and is someone that Florida liked a lot during football camp in June. Telfort is on his second commitment before his junior year so he will be someone to watch closely but Shannon’s relationship with the big lineman should help Florida out here.