Drennen likes the environment around the Florida Gators program

A few out of state prospects made the long trek to Gainesville on Friday for Friday Night Lights and a few of those guys worked out for the staff.

Running back Michael Drennen II (5-11, 187, Dublin, OH. Dublin Coffman) was one of those guys and this was his first time in Gainesville.

“I loved it, coming down to the Swamp, I expected nothing but greatness,” Drennen said of his visit to Florida on Friday. “I like how everyone was out there competing, just overall it was a great environment, I like the coaches and it seemed like a family and they get along great here. I just fit in.”

Drennen picked up an offer from the Gators this spring and on Friday the staff explained what they liked about the running back.

“I talked to Coach [Greg] Knox, Coach [Ron] English, Coach Mullen and Coach [Keiwan] Ratliff,” he said on the coaches he got to talk too. “They just like how I can catch in the field and how I can make people miss and just get loose.”

One thing that stood out to Drennen during the visit was how the environment was around the team and staff and the running back feels like he fits in with the Gators.

“I like everything, I like the facilities,” Drennen said on what he likes about Florida. “I like how everyone here makes you feel like you belong here, they make you feel like a family. Their pitch to me was pretty good.”

Running backs coach Greg Knox also impressed Drennen on Friday with how he coached up the position.

“He’s just a good coach,” he said on what he likes about Knox. “His drills, they carry over to the game. Everything in a drill is going to carry over to a game.”

Drennen recently named a top 10 that included the Gators and the running back says Florida will be a factor in his recruitment until the end.

“I like this school a lot,” Drennen said of his interest in Florida. “They will definitely be an impact school on where I’m going. Definitely SEC schools like Tennessee, Kentucky and a lot of schools. I want to come back here, Tennessee, Kentucky, ASU [Arizona State] and probably LSU for official visits.”

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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.