Recruiting is a lot faster these days but it’s even faster for the quarterback position and that showed on Wednesday when the Florida Gators offered a 2018 quarterback.
That quarterback was Joey Gatewood (6-3, 216, Jacksonville, FL Bartram Trail) who visited Florida and met with head coach Jim McElwain on Wednesday.
“The head coach, coach McElwain, was the one who offered me,” Gatewood said. “He came in the office and he said he wants me to be a Gator and that I have a scholarship offer from Florida. It was a pretty cool experience.”
During his visit to Florida the 2018 quarterback got to learn more about McElwain and also hear his message about the Gators.
“I got to sit down and talk with him for a few minutes,” Gatewood said. “He said that it’s really good to be a Gator and that Florida was a nice play to be at. He said that to be the quarterback at Florida you have to be the head of the program because everyone sees you.”
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier wasn’t letting the quarterback leave Gainseville without meeting him and Gatewood says the two had a nice conversation.
“I also got to sit down and talk ball with coach Nussmeier too,” Gatewood said. “I liked him a lot and he was stressing to me that to be the quarterback at Florida you have to know your stuff because it’s a big role to take on.”
After speaking with all of the coaches Gatewood and his high school coach got the opportunity to ride around and see the Gainesville campus.
“We got to go around the whole college and see what the campus was like,” Gatewood said. “Everything was nice and I really liked how big some of the facilities were because you had a lot of space to work in.”
Despite only playing one year of high school ball Gatewood has already picked up some big offers from Florida, Ohio State and Florida State but he says that one school leads for him.
“I grew up a fan of Florida so getting the offer means a lot,” Gatewood said. “Florida State is still at the top right now but I’m honored to get offered by Florida.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Florida State has a sizeable lead for Gatewood right now and the 2018 quarterback has hinted that he might make a decision soon and that would be bad news for Florida but good news for Florida State as the Noles would very likely be the pick.