Denhoff says Florida Gators offer means a lot to him

On Tuesday night, the Florida Gators sent out a new offer to one of the top prospects in the state of Florida for the 2021 class.

2021 defensive end Cade Denhoff (6-4, 225, Lakeland, FL. Lakeland Christian School) picked up the offer after he talked to one of the Gators recruiting staff members.

“Coach [Keiwan] Raliff, he sent me a DM and then I gave him a call,” Denhoff said on which coach from Florida offered him. “He said that he ran across my film and that he knows about me. I’ve been in contact with Coach [Todd] Grantham and Coach [Larry] Scott and he said that he knew that they had came by my school.”

Denhoff has over a dozen offers already but he admits the offer from Florida is a big one and he has some connections to the Gators.

“The offer means a lot,” he said on what the offer means to him. “They’re the instate school so it’s a big time offer for someone from Florida. My previous head coach Wayne Peace was the quarterback for the Gators so I have a connection there. My cousin [Cole Giiliam] played offensive line for them so there’s always been a family love for the Gators.”

The defensive end previously visited Florida for a camp in June and he found out where the Gators like him at on the defensive side of the ball.

“When I was at their camp in June, I worked with Coach Grantham all day at the hybrid defensive end position,” Denhoff said on where he sees himself playing at on defense. “He was just saying that he wants to recruit me at the position, at the JACK linebacker spot. I feel like I’m long and lengthy so I can fit that hybrid defensive end role.”

Now that Denhoff has the offer from Florida, the defensive end plans to get back to Gainesville for another visit.

“I was actually thinking about that earlier,” he said on when he may visit Florida again. “I was thinking about which games I want to hit up this coming season. They’re only 3-3 ½ hour trip for me.”

The Gators have some tough competition for the Lakeland prospect as several other top schools are recruiting Denhoff hard.

“I’m just trying to take it all in but a couple of schools stand out,” Denhoff said. “Clemson, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida State and now Florida.”

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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 Rivals.com, 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.