The Florida Gators hosted six official visitors this past weekend and all six of the prospects were players on the offensive or defensive line. Both positions of huge need for the Gators down the stretch.
Defensive end Malik Langham (6-5, 269, Huntsville, AL. Lee) was one of those guys on campus and he had a good experience for his first time in the Swamp.
“It was good, good visit,” Langham said of his official visit to Florida. “It was good to see everything since it was my first time. It went pretty good.”
Langham has wanted to visit Florida since last summer and he said the visit was worth the wait as he got to see several different things.
“It lived up to my expectations this weekend,” he said of the visit. “I saw the academic side, I got to talk to the coaches and to the players. We also went to the gymnastics competition against Oklahoma.”
This was the first time for Langham to get to spend a lot of time with the coaching staff and he walked away impressed by Dan Mullen’s staff.
“They’re a great coaching staff,” Langham said of the staff. “Coach Sal [Sunseri] and Coach [Todd] Grantham have a lot of NFL experience between them so you know they know how to get the players to the league and they know what it takes.”
Defensive line coach Sal Sunseri made sure to explain to Langham that the Gators need players at his position.
“He said that I have an opportunity to come in and play early if I work,” he said of Sunseri’s message. “They don’t have a lot of defensive ends right now since some of their ends are moving to outside linebacker since they’re moving to a 3-4 defense. Because of my body type, I can play defensive end.”
Sunseri’s message and his history of coaching NFL players is something that Langham likes about the defensive line coach.
“He knows what he’s talking about on the football side,” Langham said of his impressions of Sunseri. “He coached Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin and guys like that. He knows what he’s talking about.”
Head coach Dan Mullen also made sure to explain to Langham that the Gators need him.
“That I have the opportunity to come play early,” he said of Mullen’s message to him. “Based on what I do, I can play early.”
Despite the good visit this weekend with the Gators, Langham still says the instate team has the edge.
“Florida is up there too but Alabama is still the leader,” Langham said. I’m going to decide on signing day.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Langham says he isn’t sure whether he will visit Auburn or Tennessee next weekend but right now Alabama is the school everyone is chasing.