Friday night the Gators hosted the first of many offensive line camps they will run this summer. In that camp, they hosted 2016 offensive tackle Clark Yarbrough (6-6, 257, Woodberry Forest, VA High) on campus.
Yarbrough, however, isn’t a stranger to Florida as he has family connections to the Gators because of his uncle and grandparents.
“Three out of four of my grandparents are Florida grads and one of my uncles played there,” Yarbrough said. “My uncle is Jim Yarbrough who played for the Gators before going to the NFL and playing for the Detroit Lions. He’s also in the hall of fame for playing with the Lions.”
This wasn’t Yarbrough’s first trip to Florida either because he visited once before this spring. What made the trip different this time around was being able to work out with offensive line coach Mike Summers.
“Florida is an awesome place to visit,” Yarbrough said. “It was awesome on Friday and the staff was very friendly like always. It was good to work out personally with Coach Summers and to also get a tour of the facilities. It was a great time.”
Yarbrough left Florida without an official offer but a phone conversation with Will Muschamp changed that.
“Coach Muschamp told me that they loved what they saw from me in camp and Coach Summers was impressed,” Yarbrough said. “He said that after seeing everything and talking to me more that they were going to offer me a scholarship. I was pumped when he told me.”
Yarbrough’s says that having family connections to Florida won’t matter but he says that he has his own things that he likes about Florida.
“I think Florida is a great school with a solid football program,” Yarbrough said. “Coach Summers is the man and his laid back attitude is awesome. I loved working with him hands on at the camp and I look forward to continue to build a relationship with him.”
Right now Yarbrough says he doesn’t have any leaders and that he isn’t in any kind of rush to make a decision.
INSIDER’S TAKE: Virginia and Florida will battle it out for Yarbrough, in my opinion. Yarbrough has very quick feet but the key will be whether or not he can keep his quickness as he gets bigger and stronger. I lean towards thinking that Yarbrough will be a right tackle at the next level simply because I’m not sure he will keep his quickness once he adds 30-40 pounds.
When I was interviewing Yarbrough I could tell he was very excited about this offer and anytime a prospect visits a school that’s hours away twice in one season it shows that there is definite interest there.