Brini visits the Florida Gators and sets a decision date

The Florida Gators hosted two big time prospects on campus Friday for spring practice.

One of those prospects was cornerback Latavious Brini (6-2, 190, Hialeah, FL Mater Academy), who finally got the chance to meet the Gators new defensive backs coach, plus he spoke with head coach Jim McElwain.

“It was a great visit,” Brini said. “We got a chance to see them practice in the indoor facility and we took another tour around the campus. I got to talk to the head coach and to the new defensive backs coach [Torrian Gray].”

Brini got to watch Gray coach his position, as well as the chance to speak one-on-one with the Gators coach.

“This was my first time meeting Coach Gray, he’s a great person,” he said. “He’s really passionate about what he does. He was really fired up when he was coaching practice and he was bouncing all over the place, it was great to see.”

Gray kept the message short with Brini, but the two have talked on the phone several times since Gray was hired at Florida.

“His message was that he thought I was a great player,” Brini said. “He said that he would love to have me at Florida so that he coach me. He told me to keep working hard because he wants to come in and play cornerback.”

Head coach Jim McElwain made sure to speak with Brini and made sure the cornerback knew how important he was to Florida.

“Coach McElwain said that he can’t wait to have me in the orange and blue,” he said. “He was telling me some other things about the school and football team but just little things. He just said that the coaching staff was fired up to see me at practice for the visit.”

Brini was last in Gainesville in January, so this time was a little different visit for the cornerback and he liked the trip.

“Florida is starting to make me feel comfortable on campus,” Brini said. “I really like Florida when I come up here and I liked the practice. This was my second trip to Florida and I plan to come back up for the spring game.”

Now that Brini has visited Florida, he plans to visit Georgia soon and he knows when he will make his decision.

“I don’t have any leaders right now but I’m going to come out with my top 10 soon,” he said. “I’m going to announce my decision on April 11th.”

INSIDERS TAKE: Florida and Miami remain the top two teams for Brini, but the Gators are the team that has been on him the longest. Torrian Gray is recruiting Brini hard and if the Gators can get him on campus again, I like Florida’s chances for his commitment.

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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.