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Written by Andrew Spivey, July 10, 2015, 5 Comments,
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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.

 

Andrew Spivey

About 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.

  1. Wilbur_36July 10, 2015, 10:04 am

    Thank you Andrew, very good information about Coach Shannon. I like the Coaching staff as a whole unit. But I think one of the most important hires coach Mac made was Randy Shannon. Boy, he opens up the line to the Miami players like Florida has never been able to do very much recruiting in the Miami area. Coach Mac and his staff, I think, are doing a very good job recruiting and coaching. I certainly like the Pro-Style offense they will run. I probably will not be around to see the end of Coach Mac’s time at Florida. My feeling is he will be equal to or a very close second to the Ole Ball Coach himself. Of course, Steve Spurrier will always be a legend at Florida as a player and a Coach. Florida had never been anything special Until Steve Played. Steve also made Florida a team no one really wanted to play every year when he was out Ole Ball Coach. I seen a replay of the 1996 National Championship game with that team from west Florida. I liked what he said after that game to the reporters. “GOD WAS SMILING ON THE GATORS TODAY” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every day now gets more exciting the closer we get to September.

  2. kbmagillJuly 10, 2015, 10:36 am

    He told you he’s not taking anymore visits? He tweeted today he was camping at Alabama, Georgia and 10essee next week.

    • landportJuly 12, 2015, 7:43 am

      Dear SHOWME: Please do not write anything that could upset the ECD (Echo Chamber Denizens). Giving your opinion even if ‘fact-based’ is not acceptable. If you insist on doing so you will, of course, be attacked personally by those ECD and you will eventually be barred from the site. Only conformity is posted!!

  3. scooterpJuly 13, 2015, 6:14 pm

    Dear Showme….we absolutely welcome the differing opinions, but come up with something original other than just cut & paste the same garbage every week for every story…like some have in the past. Also if it’s factual information Gator Nation is open to that as well, but when you call Foley “incompetent” you lose credibility pretty quickly. Just a few tips from the echo chamber:-)

    • landportJuly 14, 2015, 7:04 am

      Thank you for helping Snowme understand the concept of Freedom of Expression. Please understand everyone is free to give any opinion as long as it does not deviate from or upset the opinions of the Real Gator Fans!! It really is easy to understand. If you insist on expressing opinions that do not conform to the normal you will be ridiculed and even blocked. That, as you should know, is called Freedom of Expression. It is one of the many things that makes American great and, you know, free.

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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.

 

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