Easley enjoys his first meeting with the Florida Gators coaching staff

While spring practice is over for the Florida Gators, the coaching staff continues to host prospects on campus for visits and this weekend they hosted several top targets.

Offensive lineman Marques Easley (6-7, 300, Kankakee, IL. High) was on campus for a two-day visit and enjoyed seeing what the Gators have to offer.

“It was a good visit, I visited Friday and Saturday,” Easley said on visit to Florida. “I got to do pretty much everything, seen everything, and talked to pretty much everybody, the head coach, offensive line coaches, and the strength coaches. I toured the facilities, they’re top notch.”

One highlight for Easley was how much focus the Gators put on academics and how the academic side works hand in hand with the football side of things.

“The highlight was the academics,” he said on what stood out to him. “I like how they have people to help you and how they have people for each position. I want to major in communication or sports therapy.”

Offensive line coaches Rob Sale and Darnell Stapleton both met with Easley and explained to him why the Gators like his game.

“They basically said that I would have a good chance to play early if I come there,” Easley said on the message from Sale and Stapleton. “They said they have the tools to get me to the NFL if I was to come there and they have a blue print for me at tackle. They like my athleticism and how I move for a tackle.”

Head coach Billy Napier also expressed a big need for Easley and explained to him how the Gators’ program works.

“He said they have a big need for tackles,” he said on the message from Napier. “We were mainly just talking more personal stuff. I like how he has built the program to where it’s more about the players than the coaches.”

After visiting Gainesville for the first time, Easley admits he has a lot of interest in the Gators and wants to visit again.

“I like Florida, I don’t have any specific spots for schools or anything like that yet, but I like Florida,” Easley said on where Florida stands for him. “It helped them out now that I got to visit and meet everyone.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Easley says he expects to take an official visit to Florida.

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.