Gaillard came close to being a Gator

On Saturday, Florida had its annual Orange and Blue game. As is typical for the spring game, several top prospects came to Gainesville for unofficial visits.

One of those was Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard, who now has a leader following his visit.

“The visit was great,” Gaillard said. “I loved everything there, they make me feel at home there. Florida is at the top and I thought about committing today but I want to see Georgia first before I commit. I plan to visit Georgia sometime before the end of the month.”

The 6-foot-4, 312-pound Gaillard says that while he plans to visit Georgia, they have some serious ground to make up on Florida.

“They have a lot of ground to make up to be ahead of Florida,” Gaillard said. “I like Florida a lot and the coaches are always welcoming to me, so Georgia will have to do that and more.”

One of the things that Gaillard likes about Florida is the honesty of the coaches, mainly Will Muschamp.

“Coach Muschamp always tells me he wants me a lot,” Gaillard said. “Every coach says that but I believe that coach Muschamp is sincere about it and really means it. Coach Muschamp said that they are building a championship team at Florida and he wants me to be a part of it and help them build it.”

During Saturday’s Orange and Blue game, Gaillard made sure to pay close attention to the defensive line and coach Brad Lawing.

“I love coach Lawing he can get me to the next level,” Gaillard said. “The defensive line is going to be really good this year. From seeing some of the young guys and seeing the recruits, plus adding me, we could continue that tradition of good defensive lines.”

Gaillard said some of the Florida commits were working hard to recruit him on his visit.

The junior plans to return to Gainesville soon and it will most likely be following his Georgia visit.

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, 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.