Elam looking for three things in a program

The Florida Gators signed two defensive backs during the early signing period but the Gators are looking to add more in February.

One of the coaching staff’s top targets is defensive back Kaiir Elam (6-1, 182, North Palm Beach, The Benjamin School) who is in the process of setting a date to official visit Florida.

“Either the first or second weekend after the dead period ends,” Elam said on when he will visit Florida. “I’ll either visit Florida or Georgia the first weekend and the other one the next.”

The Gators have two coaches including head coach Dan Mullen recruiting Elam hard as Florida tries to land his signature.

“Coach Mullen and Coach [Charlton] Warren,” he said on the coaches from Florida who are recruiting him the hardest. “Coach Mullen just says that he wants me real bad and he needs me. Every game that they play he’s like I need you to come play for me right now. His goal is to win a national championship.”

Defensive backs coach Charlton Warren tells Elam that he’s needed in Gainesville and that together the two of them can accomplish Elam’s goals.

“He tells me that he’s the best at coaching press man, which he tells me that I’m the best at,” Elam said on Warren’s message to him. “He says he can keep developing me and get me to my goal of graduating in three years.”

Elam was in Gainesville for two games this fall and also watched several of the other games on TV and he was impressed by the job Mullen did in year one with Florida.

“Definitely,” he said on if he thinks Florida is a team on the rise. “For Coach Mullen’s first year, I think he did better than expected with a team full of recruits that he didn’t bring in. I think being able to win under those circumstances is a great job.”

One thing that has always caught Elam’s attention is the tradition of defensive backs in Gainesville as the 2019 prospect says good play is expected of that position group.

“Florida is always going to be known as DBU, it’s tradition,” Elam said of Florida’s reputation as DBU. “It’s expected for their defensive backs to play good.”

When it comes time to make a decision Elam says he’s looking for three things in a school.

“Just where I can be able to accomplish my three goals,” he said on what he’s looking for in a school. “To play early, to get developed by the best and to graduate from a good academic school. It’s going to be a tough decision.”

Elam has already taken an official visit to Miami so he has four visits left and he says several schools are in the mix to get visits besides Florida and Georgia.

“I’m definitely going to try, if I have to do it during the week then I will,” Elam said on trying to take all five visits. “Either Oregon, Colorado, Ohio State or Florida State.”

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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.