Booker has a “surreal” visit for the Florida Gators junior day

While most of the visitors on Saturday were 2021 prospects, the Florida Gators did have several top 2022 prospects on campus for the junior day.

2022 defensive tackle Tyler Booker (6-4, 290, Bradenton, FL. IMG) was one of those on campus last Saturday.

“The visit was great, it was really nice,” Booker said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “We got to go through the locker room, the weight room, the study hall where all the players do their study hall.”

Booker spent a lot of time with defensive line coach David Turner as the 2022 prospect was impressed by the veteran defensive line coach.

“I spent a lot of my time with Coach [David] Turner,” he said on the coach he spent the most time with. “It was a valuable, it was my first time ever speaking with him actually and it was just good to see what he thought of me. I like his demeanor.”

Turner explained to Booker on Saturday just how the Gators see him fitting into things at Florida if he comes to Gainesville.

“He says he sees me as an interior defensive lineman,” Booker said. “He likes how aggressive I am and how I play through the whistle. He sees me as a true defensive tackle in their defense.”

Head coach Dan Mullen also spent a lot of time with Booker on Saturday and explained what all Florida has to offer a student-athlete.

“I talked to him for a little bit,” he said on his talk with Mullen. “He was just giving me the run down on Florida and he was telling me how strong the academics are at Florida. That was actually something I didn’t know, that helped a lot because there’s always life after football.”

Heading into the visit Booker was excited to see everything and he says Saturday was an unforgettable trip for him.

“The whole experience was just surreal, I actually grew up a Florida fan, I grew up idolizing Tim Tebow,” Booker said on his interest in Florida after the visit. “I use to play with him on the college football game, it was just surreal to see everything in person and be on the campus.”

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.