With the recruiting season coming earlier and earlier every year, Will Muschamp and his staff have gotten proactive. The Gators coaches have already started evaluating and offering certain prospects scholarships a full two years ahead of high school graduation.
On Sunday the Gators offered a full ride in 2015 to River Ridge (La.) John Curtis safety Hunter Dale following an official visit to Florida.
“It feels great to be offered so young,” Dale said. “I’m overwhelmed by it and it feels great. This is my third offer. Arizona State and Tulane have both offered me besides Florida.”
The 6-foot, 175-pound Dale was equally as impressed with the campus of Florida while he was on the visit this past weekend as he was with the scholarship itself.
“It was real nice, the best I have seen so far,” Dale said. “The weight room was huge and really nice and the stadium was great. When I was in the weight room I met coach (Jeff) Dillman and he was telling me about the workout program at Florida. He was a crazy guy and is all about hard work.”
Following his meeting with Dillman, Dale had the chance to meet the rest of the defensive coaching staff including Will Muschamp.
“I loved coach T-Rob (Travaris Robinson),” Dale said. “Him and coach Muschamp coaching defensive backs is great. I also met coach (D.J.)Durkin and he was a real cool guy and he told me about playing special teams at Florida and how you have to be crazy about that.”
With all the new faces, it was not until Dale met with Will Muschamp one-on-one that he received the news on his offer.
“When I got into coach Muschamp’s office he sat me down,” Dale said. “And he said when it comes decision time you have a home at Florida and you have a scholarship offer from here. He was telling me about the defense and stuff. I know his defense is good and is always physical and hardcore.”
Dale plans to visit Florida for the LSU game this fall and will also be at Will Muschamp’s football camp next summer.