2017 running back Jamari Peacock (5-11, 229, Yulee, FL High) visited the Florida Gators last Wednesday with a few of his friends and it was a good visit according to the blue-chip running back.
“It went really well, I liked it a lot,” Peacock said of his Florida visit. “Me and my teammates roamed around campus and then we walked around with Coach Drew Hughes. We also went in the equipment room and saw the jerseys, and then we went and watched some of the players work out.”
Last week several of Florida’s coaches went on vacation, but running backs coach Tim Skipper made sure to take time out of his vacation to talk to Peacock.
“Coach Skipper wasn’t in the office but I called him during the visit and talked to him,” he said. “He was asking me when I was coming back up because I couldn’t make it this week when he was there. He said that I’m one of the top running backs that they are recruiting for next year and he wants to see me soon.”
Since a lot of the coaches were out of town, the duty of showing Peacock around went to director of player personnel Drew Hughes and he had a strong message to the 2017 running back.
“Coach Hughes was definitely looking forward to seeing me,” Peacock said. “He said that they were excited about me and that if Florida ever dropped out of my top three to just give him a call and they would get whatever is wrong fixed.”
Peacock didn’t receive a lot of interest from the old Florida Gators coaching staff but Peacock likes the new energy that head coach Jim McElwain has created in Gainesville.
“I just like the new feel at Florida, it feels brand new around there,” he said of why he likes Florida. “They are doing a good job of rebuilding and I think they are going to have a good year this coming year.”
Now that Peacock has visited Florida he says that three schools are standing out to him as he enters his junior football season.
“Florida, Florida State and Miami are my top three right now,” Peacock said. “Those are my top three in no order right now. I’m going to Auburn next weekend and then I might be going to Georgia Southern before school starts.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Peacock is a big running back that fits into McElwain’s offense to a T and he’s someone that Florida is recruiting hard for next year. I expect Peacock to be at several home games this fall for the Gators.