Florida Gators make a big impression on Miami commit

The Florida Gators coaching staff hit the road last week to start the spring evaluation period and that included a few stops instate.

One of the instate stops last week was to see Miami linebacker commit Jesiah Pierre (6-2, 220, Mount Dora, FL. Christian Home and Bible School) at his schoo.

“They came by on Monday to see me,” Pierre said of Florida visiting him. “It was coach Ron English. It was pretty cool to see him again. We’re building a bond so it was good to see him again.”

Pierre was one of the first stops by the Gators coaching staff and that impression went a long ways in the Miami commit’s mind.

“I thought that was really cool because it shows how much they want me,” he said on what it meant for him to be one of the first guys Florida visited. “The whole thing is a business and they’re showing me that they want me when I’m one of the first ones they come to. It shows that when they say they want me, they really want me.”

English didn’t say much on Monday but did a leave a message with Pierre’s coach for the linebacker.

“He just told my coach to tell me to keep working hard and doing my thing,” Pierre said on the message from English. “He wants me to keep in keep touch with him.”

Florida has been recruiting Pierre hard and it isn’t just English recruiting him as linebackers coach Christian Robinson is also recruiting him.

“I talk to Coach Robinson and Coach English mainly,” Pierre said on the other coaches he talks to. “He hasn’t said that they need me because any college can get players but he just told me it was good spot because they have a lot of juniors and seniors and they’re trying to fill those spots. They need guys to back up those guys.”

Robinson and English explained earlier this year just where they see Pierre playing in the Gators defense.

“When I first came down for junior day, they said they want me at inside linebacker,” he said on where Florida wants him to play. “I don’t know if that has changed or not but we will see. They’re going to come back down to see me.”

Despite his commitment to Miami, Pierre admits that he likes several things about the Gators.

“It’s a good interest because they’re close to home,” he said on his interest in Florida. “They’re right close to home so it’s actually a really good thing. Florida is a real good campus and a good vibe over there, I like the vibe there and the energy.”

Pierre who’s trying to early enroll has an idea in his mind of when he would like to have things finalized in his recruitment.

“I’m going to try maybe August but if not then before December,” Pierre said on when he wants to make a final decision.

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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.