Cine’s Florida Gators visit lived up to expectations

The Florida Gators had four official visitors in town on Saturday afternoon for the game against LSU and they were treated to a great game.

Defensive back Lewis Cine (6-2, 180, Cedar Hill, TX. Trinity Christian School) was one of those official visitors in town and enjoyed the Swamp.

“The trip was great overall,” Cine said of his official visit to Florida. “It was a great experience and a great opportunity. The atmosphere was loud and wild. The crowd was amazing.”

Cine had several players around him but his player host stressed to him how much he was needed in Gainesville.

“My host was Andrew Chatfield,” he said on who was his player host. “He really showed me around and I was talking to him about coming in and making an impact. He was telling me that a lot of help in the secondary was needed.”

Safeties coach Ron English talked with Cine about where he would play in the secondary and told him who to watch on Saturday.

“Coach English just broke down where I would be playing in the secondary,” Cine said of the message from English. “He was telling me who their key guys were and who was staying and who was leaving. He said that I would be mostly playing where Chauncey Gardner plays. I think Chauncey has a lot of chances to make plays and I love that.”

Head coach Dan Mullen also spoke at length with Cine about what the Gators can do to help him if he chooses Florida.

“He told me how he could help me and develop me on the football field,” he said on the message from Mullen. “He told me about life after the football, he talked to me about the development.”

Cine who has family in the state of Florida sees the Gators program improving and the visit was a success for both he and his father.

“It’s definitely on the rise,” Cine said of Florida’s program. “The trip 100 percent lived up to my expectations and my dad really loved it. He was really relaxed and calm and enjoying the game.”

The safety is expected to make a decision this week but he says this visit has made things tougher on him.

“It definitely did,” he said on if this visit made his decision harder. “I’m going to have to decide where I feel the most comfortable at and where I can play at.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Georgia still looks to be ahead of the Gators for Cine but Florida definitely made things interesting and helped their chances.

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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.