The Florida Gators recruiting board has a lot of names on it at defensive back because the Gators need a big class to help fill depth at the position.
Safety Hamsah Nasirildeen (6-3, 210, Concord, NC High) is one of those top targets on the board and he enjoyed his Friday Night Lights trip, where he got to work out.
“It was a good visit, I got to work out with Coach [Torrian] Gray and he’s one of the best at what he does,” Nasirildeen said. “The coaches are always talking to me and expressing how much they want me to come here and letting me know where they at with their defense.
The Gators coaching staff has been working Nasirildeen hard and they’re giving him one big message and that has him interested in Florida.
“They tell me that they’re losing a lot of people at my position, so it gives me the opportunity to come in and play early,” he said of the coaches’ message. “They said that I can play when I get here because of the guys they’re losing.”
Once the coaching staff got the safety on campus he was excited to work out with defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.
“It was good and it was everything you would expect,” Nasirildeen said on working out with Gray. “When people talk about Coach Gray they talk about one of the best guys at developing talent and especially safeties. When you get that opportunity to work out with him it’s good to learn.”
Gray, much like the rest of the coaching staff, is explaining to Nasirildeen that he’s needed in Gainesville.
“He pretty much tells me that he can develop me like no other person can,” he said on Gray’s message. “He said that’s going to be a big move if I decide to come here. He tells me about the guys that they’re losing to graduation and the NFL so he says there’s opportunity. I see it.”
Head coach Jim McElwain keeps the mood light when talking to the safety and that’s something Nasirildeen likes.
“Coach Mac tells me all the time when he sees me to keep smiling,” Nasirildeen said with a smile. “Every time I talk to him we’re talking and having a good time and smiling. We talk about off the field stuff like how I’m doing and how basketball is going.”
After a lot of summer visits Nasirildeen says he has a top four but still has time before he wants to decide on a school.
“Florida, Florida State, Alabama and South Carolina are my top four schools,” he said. “After I come out of this trip, I need to make a checklist of my priorities and talk to my parents. I need to see what’s best for me but hopefully around the middle of the season I will be ready to commit.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Nasirildeen said an official to Florida is going to happen and that he plans to continue to talk to the staff. The Gators and Alabama appear to be the top two teams here and his relationship with Gray is something that should help out Florida.