New Jersey defensive tackle to visit Florida

The Florida Gators started this week off in the Northeast recruiting and running back coach Brian White was the man in charge of the area this week.

On Monday, White visited 2016 defensive tackle Rashan Gary (6-4, 286, Scotch Plains, NJ Scotch Plains-Fanwood) and talked to his coaches while at the school.

“Florida visited me on Monday, it was Coach [Brian] White that came by,” Gary said. “It went good. He was just walking around the hall and I shook his hand and he said the Gators are really interested in me and then I went to class since he can’t really talk to me. He then went into my coach’s office and talked to them about me some more.”

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School isn’t known for producing top football players and this was the first time the Gators visited the High School but it won’t be the last according to Gary.

“It was good to have Florida come all the way up here to see just me,” Gary said. “It was the first time a coach from Florida has come by my school. Coach White told my coaches that he would be back to show me more love because the Gators are definitely interested in me and want me.”

The New Jersey native has been doing some research on Florida and more importantly on defensive line coach Brad Lawing. What he has learned about Lawing and the University of Florida has him intrigued initially.

“I’m interested in Florida,” Gary said. “I know they produce a lot of NFL talent and I could see myself living down there for the 3-4 years that I play college football. I think that I could fit in well with the defensive line coach because of his background.”

This summer looks to be big for Gary in his recruitment as he will take many unofficial visits including one to Gainesville.

“I want to take a visit this summer but my mom and I haven’t set anything up yet,” Gary said. “I want to get down there though so I can see the facilities and see if the environment is right and if they are a family oriented  team or not. I have to live at school for a few years so it has to fit me.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.