LeBlanc enjoyed talking ball with the Florida Gators’ coaching staff

The Florida Gators have had no problems getting prospects to visit campus on unofficial visits and several of those guys are now taking official visits to Gainesville.

Defensive lineman Derrick LeBlanc (6-4, 270, Kissimmee, FL. Osceola) who joked that he has taken 30 visits to Florida was on campus for his official visit and he enjoyed being around everyone.

“It was smooth just talking to everybody,” LeBlanc said of his official visit to Florida. “It was really cool, talking to the players was something I really wanted to do even though I knew them. It was just getting a deep understanding, most of them wanted to leave after Mullen but Napier made them stay.”

One of the highlights for LeBlanc during the weekend was the chance to it down and talk ball at length with the coaching staff.

“Sitting in a room talking to them about development,” he said on what’s going to help him make a decision. “Everyone is going to tell you what you want to hear, it’s who’s going to tell you what you aren’t good at or like who can develop you for the next 3-4 years.”

Defensive line coach Sean Spencer and head coach Billy Napier spent a lot of that time talking with LeBlanc and explaining to him just how he can improve his game.

“I was in there with them for hours just talking football,” LeBlanc said of his meetings with Napier and Spencer. “They were just telling me stuff that I could be dominant with and they said my best football is ahead of me. That’s what they kept telling me.”

Spencer also explained to LeBlanc how he would be used in Gainesville and showed him some tape of how he would be used.

“They really just told me I could play anywhere across the line,” he said on where the staff sees him playing. “That’s the key for me playing early is I can play everywhere.”

Next up for LeBlanc will be more official visits but only one of those visits is set right now as two more teams are hoping to finalize dates with the defensive lineman.

“Really, I don’t even know, I’m at Penn State next weekend,” he said on what’s next for him in his recruitment. “I think I’m going to Miami and probably Oklahoma again, probably in the fall.”


INSIDERS TAKE: LeBlanc says he wants to be back in Gainesville for the Utah game, and he may come back in July for another 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 Rivals.com, 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.