The Florida coaching staff was in the state of Georgia on Tuesday recruiting the class of 2013 but also stopped to see one of the top 2015 prospects.
While in Georgia, the Gators coaches offered 2015 Columbus (Ga.) Carver defensive end Mekhi Brown, whom is the teammate of Florida 2013 commitment Marqui Hawkins.
“Coach (Joker) Phillips was by the school today,” Brown said. “He told my coach that he was offering me a scholarship to attend Florida.”
The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Brown now has six scholarship offers after the Gators offered him.
“It’s an honor to be offered by Florida,” Brown said. “It’s a blessing to get any offer but this one is a really big offer for me and my family.”
In the 2012 season the Gators defense was one of the top units in the country, but Brown thinks it will get even better.
“Florida has a great defense,” Brown said. “I think they will be even better and can become one of the best in the nation this upcoming year. As far as Florida, it’s a good school for academics and athletics. They are tops in both categories which is a key for me.”
With Hawkins being his high school teammate, Florida has a little advantage with the rising junior.
“I mean anything can happen; me and Marqui could play together,” Brown said. “I have two years to make a decision and I just want to pick the right school for me and my game. But it will play a little bit of a factor that they have Marqui already down there.”
Brown was named to the MaxPreps Sophomore All-American team and was named All-State honorable mention by the state of Georgia.