On Tuesday the Gators hosted one of the top instate prospects for the Class of 2015 on campus for an unofficial visit.
That prospect was 2015 Seffner (Fla.) Armwood defensive end Byron Cowart, who enjoyed his short stop in Gainesville.
“It was awesome, I had a really good time,” Cowart said. “I finally got to see the game field and it was as nice as I thought it would be. The weight room was crazy but it was good. I really liked the city of Gainesville. I’m not a big party guy but the city seemed nice.”
Much like most prospects, the 6-foot-3, 248-pound Cowart had the chance to meet with the strength and conditioning staff.
“The weight room was real nice with all of the machines in there,” Cowart said. “The strength coach Jeff Dillman was intense and I found out that he was at IMG before. He’s also still in shape and active so he is able to push me harder in the weight room. He was able to show me what he wants out of his players.”
Cowart also had the chance to meet with Will Muschamp, a dream come true for Cowart.
“I have seen coach Muschamp on TV and now I’m sitting here talking to him,” Cowart said. “It was kind of like a dream or something, but I was honored to meet him and to say I have an offer from him. He was telling me that the evaluation process is over and that he wants me to be a part of the Gator family. Me and coach Muschamp are building a good relationship now.”
For Cowart, he isn’t worried about facilities or the campus but he is going to base his decision on which coach he has the best relationship with.
For Florida, they have a couple of players that are helping the coaching staff in recruiting Cowart to Florida.
“Alvin (Bailey) and Matt (Jones) are both talking to me about Florida,” Cowart said. “Alvin tells me he loves Florida and Matt tells me that Florida is good but it’s a grind and nothing is going to be easy. Matt also said it’s worth it and you have to work hard for everything.”