The Florida Gators visited one of their commits on Monday when offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier stopped in on athlete commit Tyrek Tisdale (6-0, 198, Orlando, FL Oak Ridge) at his school.
“Coach Nussmeier came to watch me practice and to talk to my coaches,” Tisdale said. “It went good, it was good to see my coach again and it was nice to see him come watch me.”
Tisdale has gotten very comfortable with Nussmeier and the two had a nice talk on Monday when they had the chance to speak after spring practice.
“I talked to him for a little bit after practice was over when I called him,” Tisdale said. “We talked about how practice was going and how the spring was going for both of us. He was telling me how good spring practice went for them and how smooth it was for all of the first year coaches.”
Three of the Gators coaches talk to Tisdale on a weekly basis and head coach Jim McElwain always has a special message for the Florida commit.
“I talk to him, coach McElwain and to coach T-Skip [Tim Skipper] every week,” Tisdale said. “They all just talk to me about normal stuff now because we already know the football stuff. Coach McElwain is always telling me to do the Gator chomp for him.”
Tisdale loves Florida and if it was up to him he would already be in Gainesville and McElwain is trying to see if Tisdale can enroll early at Florida.
“Coach Mac said that he was going to send some more coaches back down to see me again this spring,” Tisdale said. “He said that they are going to talk to my guidance counselor to see if I can enroll early at Florida next year so that I can practice in the spring with them.”
The Orlando athlete didn’t need much persuasion when it came to choosing Florida, but his relationship with McElwain certainly helped things.
“I really like coach Mac a lot and I feel like he’s the right man for Florida,” Tisdale said. “I feel like he’s going to turn things around at Florida. Me and the other commits have been talking a lot and we all like him a lot.”
The one thing that Florida always has is a recruiting class that is close and Tisdale says that’s the case for 2016 as the commits are planning a retreat to become closer.
“All of us commits have been talking about we need to win a national championship when we get up there,” Tisdale said. “We all act like a family already and we’re trying to plan a weekend where we all go up to Gainesville together so we can hang out. I know me and Chauncey [Gardner] have been trying hard to do that.”
In this day in age where prospects are half committed and half uncommitted the Gators have Tisdale fully committed to them and he’s working on getting more guys to Gainesville.
“I’m trying to get my linebacker [Jonathan Jones] to come with us to Gainesville,” Tisdale said. “I’m trying to get him to be a Gator. I’m also trying to get big Parker [Boudreaux] to come with us. I got a feeling we may get Parker to come with us.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Tisdale is one of the nicest guys you will ever talk to or meet and his love for Florida shows through his voice every time I speak to him. Florida is getting a good one in Tisdale.