The Florida Gators picked up a big commitment on Friday when offensive lineman Richard Gouraige (6-5, 271, Tampa, FL. Cambridge) committed to the Gators over Clemson.
Gouraige announced a top two on Monday of Florida and Clemson but the Gators have long been the team to beat dating back to last spring.
That was in large part due to his relationship with offensive line coach Brad Davis and head coach Jim McElwain
“They’ve just been loyal to me,” Gouraige said. “They just always check up on how my family’s doing and stuff like that, keeping up with school and just stuff like that. I mean, I’m just building a better relationship with Coach Mac and Coach Davis.”
Davis’ energy and attitude towards his players is something Gouraige has noticed for some time now.
“Coach Davis just brings that new style, just that new swag and he just keeps it real with you,” he said of Davis. “I mean, he’s gonna tell you if he really wants you or not. He’s just investing all his time in me and just saying that I can come in and make an impact on the team.”
Gouraige has been one of the Gators top targets on the offensive line all year and is one of the big three instate that Florida has been after with William Barnes and Nick Petit-Frere being the other.
The Gators now have 18 commits and two offensive line commits with Gouraige joining IMG offensive lineman C.J. Dunlap in the class. The Gators will look to add two-three more linemen in this class to help improve the depth.
Offensive line recruiting, which at one point was a struggle for the Gators, is no longer a struggle with Davis’ energy and excitement on the recruiting trail.