Weston and Seider hitting it off early: Florida Gators

Several 2019 offers have been going out the last few weeks as the Florida Gators coaching staff travels across the country during the spring evaluation.

That continued last week when running backs coach JaJuan Seider was in South Florida and offered 2019 receiver Ja’markis Weston (6-3, 185, Clewiston, FL. High) after watching him.

“Coach Seider offered me,” Weston said of who offered him from Florida. “He came by my practice and he was watching me and then I called him afterwards and that was when he told me he was offering me as a receiver.”

When Seider and Weston spoke over the phone, the Gators coach explained why Florida was offering the 2019 receiver.

“He was like that I was one of a heck player,” he said on Seider’s message when he offered. “He said that I just need to keep working to be the best and that he could see me playing at Florida. He said that he wanted to be the one to offer me.”

Florida was the first SEC offer for Weston and it’s one that he was very happy to get but he knows the work isn’t over for him.

“It means a lot to me, the only thing I can do is thank God,” Weston said on what the offer means to him. “All the work that I’ve put in is paying off and me having faith in God. The only thing I can do is to keep working hard.”

Seider and Weston have spoken several times since the offer was given to him and the message continues to be the same from Florida.

“He was just like that I had some stuff to work on but he knows that I’m going to work hard,” he said of Seider’s talk with him. “He was saying that he wants me to come up and visit him soon.”

Weston has a special connection to Seider as the two have several people in common with each other and that helps the two to connect.

“Our relationship is doing pretty good so far, it’s pretty good,” Weston said of his relationship with Seider. “He’s from my area and he knows a lot of people that I know. It’s good that he knows where I come from and we grew up in the same place. It’s good that he knows my coaches as well.”

The 2019 receiver has never visited Florida before but he plans to change that this summer but he’s being very patient about his recruitment.

“I’m planning on going to Friday Night Lights,” he said. “I’m going to take some visits and I’m still young so I’m just working hard and seeing what all is out there.


INSIDERS TAKE: Weston is a really good player that is very athletic for his size and can play multiple positions. The Gators are looking good early on because they were on him so early and Seider’s relationship with him.

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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.