Arnold rates his Florida Gators visit a perfect 10

Last week was a busy week for the Florida Gators coaching staff as they continued doing virtual visits with prospects on their recruiting board.

On Tuesday defensive back Terrion Arnold (6-2, 187, Tallahassee, FL. John Paul II Catholic) took a visit with the Gators and gave it a perfect visit.

“Overall it was a 10 out of 10, it was a great visit,” Arnold said of his virtual visit to Florida on Tuesday. “They were really showing the campus to my mom, I had a one on one meeting with the coaches, the strength and conditioning staff, the business finance staff because that’s what I want to major in and then the training staff and I had a one-on-one meeting with some of the players.”

This time Arnold had a chance to speak with more coaches as the first time he visited campus, he didn’t get to see as much as he wanted.

“I got to meet with people that I didn’t get to meet during my visit there,” he said of his visit. “When I visited, I just got to see the place and then went straight to Coach Mullen’s office for a one-on-one meeting. This time I got to talk to Nick Savage, the nutritionist and then I got to talk to the trainers.”

Strength and conditioning coach Nick Savage explained to Arnold how he could help develop his game both on the football field and on the basketball court.

“It was great, he had been watching a lot of my videos from camps,” Arnold said of his time with Savage. “He said I was a dominant defender and he said he doesn’t blow smoke and that I was very rare and that I should come here and let him develop me into a Jim Thorpe award winner and a Heisman finalist for defense. He said he could help me on the basketball court too.”

Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray and safeties coach Ron English explained to Arnold how the Gators would use him on defense.

“They said corner/safety,” he said on where Florida wants him to play. “They said corner when they need me to lock up a side against a big time receiver and then safety when they aren’t really throwing my way because I can impact the game.”

Head coach Dan Mullen also explained to Arnold that the Gators would use his game in other ways then just on defense.

“Coach Mullen said he sees me being very effective in the return game,” Arnold said of the message from Mullen. “Coach Mullen is a special teams guru and that he isn’t going to let my offensive ability go to waste because he seen my ability at receiver my sophomore year.”

After taking the virtual visit, Arnold was able to see how the Gators coaching staff is and he says that helped Florida’s chances with him.

“Definitely,” he said if the visit helped Florida. “Really how they take care of the players, I know I’m a recruit but I observe everything and I can tell when I guy is trying to blow smoke. Coach Mullen is pretty real, his staff is one of the best of the best.”

Next up, Arnold hopes to narrow his list of schools down but he isn’t sure when a decision will come for him.

“I’m starting to narrow down my schools now,” Arnold said. “I couldn’t tell you when I’m going to decide but I’m not sure.”

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.