Heading into the spring many people were questioning the Florida Gators coaching staff for not having a ton of offensive line offers out, but that has changed during the spring evaluation period as the Gators are sending out offers nearly on a daily basis.
Wednesday was no different as offensive line coach Mike Summers offered offensive lineman Brett Heggie (6-4, 290, Mount Dora, FL High) after a careful spring evaluation.
“Florida and Mississippi State offered me today [Wednesday], Heggie said. “Coach Summers was the coach from Florida who offered me. I talked to him on Tuesday night and he told me it was a done deal and that they were going to offer me this week but he wanted coach [Jim] McElwain to offer me but he told my head coach today [Wednesday] to have me call him so he could go ahead and offer me.”
When Heggie finally got on the phone with Summers on Wednesday afternoon the conversation was a special one for the offensive lineman who was grateful for the call.
“He told me that they decided to offer me a full ride scholarship to the University of Florida,” Heggie said. “I was really excited about the offer because it’s a big offer to receive. Florida is a big time school and I was extremely excited to get that one. I’m excited to get back up there and start building a relationship with the coaches there. I will definitely be considering Florida down the road.”
Over the last few months Heggie has been talking to Summers a lot and the two are building a good relationship as the Mount Dora prospects likes the Gators offensive line coach.
“Coach Summers is a great guy and a great coach,” Heggie said. “He seems to care about his players and he takes care of those guys. I know that he cares about his boys that play for him. He’s supposed to talk to my parents about the offer so I hope to learn more about him then.”
Last season the Gators signed center Tyler Jordan but Florida only has two on scholarship now, so Summers is looking at Heggie to help fill depth at the position.
“I think they want me at center,” Heggie said. “If something was to happen then I think I would play a little guard but he was talking mostly about center. He was explaining that there was a big need for linemen there too.”
This summer McElwain and company will get the opportunity to impress Heggie in person as he has plans to get to Gainesville soon.
“I plan to go to Mississippi State and Florida this summer,” Heggie said. “I went up to Florida this spring and got to see everything including a practice but since Florida is close by, I plan to go up there and check them out again this summer.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Florida was a big offer for Heggie, who has seen his recruitment blow up lately. Over the last two weeks Heggie has gone from 13 offers to 25 offers now, including some big ones like Miami and Mississippi State. I expect that Florida will be a team in the race until the end here. Heggie is also close with Parker Boudreaux so landing Heggie could be big for Boudreaux as well.