On Saturday, the Florida Gators hosted some of their top targets on campus for junior day including one of the top players in the country.
2021 defensive end Tunmise Adeleye (6-3, 260, Bradenton, FL. IMG) was on campus and was able to ask the staff several questions.
“The visit went good, I got to talk to Coach [Dan] Mullen and Coach [David] Turner,” Adeleye said of his trip to Florida on Saturday. “They weren’t really initiating the conversation it was more me asking questions about what my goals are for my collegiate career and what I want to accomplish.”
Mullen and Turner explained to Adeleye why Florida was the school that could help him accomplish those goals.
“They explained to me how Florida can help me accomplish all of my dreams,” he said on the conversations with the Mullen. “I felt like it was a good conversation and I definitely feel like I will be back soon.”
Defensive line coach David Turner also explained to Adeleye how the Gators would use him on the defensive line if he chooses the Gators.
“He explained to me that they don’t really have set positions, he wants me to play a role like Jabari Zuniga did,” Adeleye said on where Turner wants him to play. “That’s how they use their defensive linemen, they use them to create mismatches week in and week out. He told me that I would line up as a five, six, three and the zero at times. I will line up all over the line.”
Adeleye likes the plan that Turner laid out for him as he sees how guys like himself are used at the next level.
“I feel like it gives me more versatility as a pass rusher and it gives me the chance to show NFL scouts my versatility,” he said on how he thinks that fits his game. “The game is involving, you have your standard pass rushers and then you have guys that can do it all like the Nick Bosa’s of the world, you have guys that can play anywhere. I feel like the system fits me perfect.”
Turner and Adeleye have known each other for close to three years now and the relationship is one that’s growing.
“I feel like our relationship has always been good,” Adeleye said on his relationship with Turner. “Our relationship started when he was at UTSA and it has just been building ever since then. I feel like it’s a good relationship, I can see myself playing for him, he can help me accomplish all of my goals.”
Adeleye just recently moved to IMG from Texas but he says the Gators have always been a team that he has kept his eye on.
“I’ve been always been high on Florida, they’re a school that has been top 10 in football and academics the last two years,” he said on his interest in Florida. “Athletically, I want to go to a program that I can compete for a national championship in the four years that I’m there and I feel like I can accomplish that at Florida.”
The Gators have some competition for Adeleye as several big time programs are after the defensive end.
“Ohio State, Ohio State and Florida are the two schools recruiting me the hardest,” Adeleye said of schools recruiting him hard. “LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M are recruiting me hard.”
Adeleye plans to make an early decision in the summer so his recruiting process will be one that’s sped up to some degree.
“I plan to come back in March but I haven’t set a date,” he said on when he will return to Florida. “As far as officials go, I do plan to take them early because I do have that August 1st decision date, I kind of what to get everything out of the way before the season starts.