The Florida Gators coaching staff is out on the visiting prospects but they’re also still contacting prospects and offering them scholarships after evaluating them.
Tulane tight end commit Traville Frederick Jr. (6-3, 210, Jeanerette, LA. High) picked up an offer from the Gators on Thursday just hours after defensive backs coach Corey Raymond visited his school.
“Coach [Corey] Raymond offered me,” Frederick said on the coach from Florida who offered him. “He said that I have a real big upside, a big frame, and a real big football IQ. He said that I have the ability to play at a high level.”
After Raymond offered Frederick on Wednesday, the tight end couldn’t stop smiling as he’s honored to pick up offers.
“I had a big smile on my face,” he said on his reaction to the offer. “It means a lot, knowing where I came from, I put in a lot of work and a lot of people from my city don’t get to experience this opportunity so it’s a blessing.”
While on the phone with Frederick, Raymond explained to the tight end commit that the Gators need a guy like Frederick in Gainesville.
“Coach Raymond let me know and I’ve watched Florida a lot, they use their tight ends a lot,” Frederick said on the message from Raymond. “People like Kyle Pitts, Aaron Hernandez played there back in the day too. Florida has had a lot of tight ends.”
Head coach Billy Napier is someone that Frederick has known for several years now and he likes the way he uses the tight end position.
“I met Coach Napier when he was at Louisiana, the year he went 12-0,” he said. “He used the tight ends a whole lot then, I think that was one of the biggest upsides to the team. The tight end was a big part of their team.”
Frederick remains solid with his commitment to Tulane but both Alabama and Florida are pushing for the tight end and the Louisiana native says he wants to visit Gainesville soon.
“I want to go on a visit to see what Gainesville is about before I start putting them high up on my list,” Frederick said. “Coach Raymond is going to send me some dates, but it will be unofficial visit and then I’ll come back for an official.”