Lightsey breaks down last week’s Florida Gators’ offer

Last week the Florida Gators coaching staff added to their 2022 recruiting board when they offered several out of state defensive prospects.

2022 linebacker EJ Lightsey (6-2, 210, Fitzgerald, GA. High) was one of those guys offered by Florida after he talked to a Florida position coach.

“I was offered by linebacker coach Christian Robinson,” Lightsey said on who offered him last week. “He was just basically saying that I could help the defense being that I’m very mobile and can play more than one position on defense.”

Lightsey was excited to hear the news from the Gators as he holds Florida in high standards with teams around the country.

“The offer means a lot to me, I was speechless,” he said on what the offer means to him. “Being offered by a big D1 school like that was always the dream but it also motivated me seeing that if you do your job on the field people will notice. Florida is a top-five team for me.”

Linebackers coach Christian Robinson explained to Lightsey just how the Gators could use him if he picks Florida for college.

“He said I was very versatile so it wouldn’t matter what linebacker he put me at,” Lightsey said on where Robinson sees him playing. “But he sees more as an outside linebacker because I can run sideline to sideline and I could fill gaps and fit people up in the hole and I could also cover.”

Now that Lightsey has an offer from the Gators he says his interest is high with Florida because of several reasons.

“I have very high interest in Florida,” he said. “They’re always competing for a national championship or a bowl game. They’re one of the few programs that always values defense and I like how they hold their players to a high standard and expect them to work and give max effort every day.”

The Gators have some competition for Lightsey as he has a few schools recruiting him hard as well as a few places he wants to visit.

“Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee are schools that are showing very high interest in me,” Lightsey said. “I would love to visit schools like Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee.”

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.