Most of the prospects on campus on Tuesday were seeing the Gainesville campus for the first time but a few guys were returning visitors but they noticed several differences for the Florida Gators that have changed in the last 20 months.
Defensive lineman Jamari Lyons (6-4, 295, Melbourne, FL. Viera) was on campus and used the visit to catch up with everyone that he hasn’t seen in over a year.
“It was fun, I loved the visit,” Lyons said on his visit to Florida. “It was very important to visit them because it was a good refresher because I haven’t seen the campus in two years, talked to the coaches face to face in two years so it gave me a great refresher of how the Gator family works. It was great talking to them.”
Lyons was last on campus in 2019 and he noticed the changes that have been made under Dan Mullen lately.
“It was similar but somewhat not similar,” he said of the campus. “I don’t remember the field being like that, I haven’t seen the Gator field in forever. The meeting rooms they had for the players, that was my first time ever seeing that because the last time it was being remodeled.”
The coaching staff was also impressed by the work that Lyons has put in that has helped shape his body heading into his senior year.
“It was good, I hadn’t them in so long, I got to talk with Coach [Dan] Mullen, Coach [Greg] Knox and Coach [David] Turner,” Lyons said on talking to the coaches. “They were saying how much my body has changed in two years. They were so amazed by that because I was a chubby sophomore and to see how much I’ve grown, got taller, stronger because of the work I’ve put in.”
Lyons is looking forward to talking more football with the coaching staff but he always knows that he will receive a message from the coaching staff to help him remember the Gators.
“We haven’t really talked football but during my official visit, I’m definitely going to talk football with them,” he said. “Their message is when I think of the Gators think home, that’s the message to me always. They always make me feel very welcomed.”
The Gators’ coaching staff won’t have to wait long to get Lyons back on campus as he will return on Friday for his official visit.
“This weekend,” Lyons said on when his Florida official visit will be. “I want to have fun with the coaches and some of the players. I do want to talk football and see where I fit in their scheme of things.”
After his visit to Gainesville this weekend, Lyons has two other trips planned for June and one planned for the fall.
“Next weekend I’m going to Indiana for an official visit and then I’m going to South Carolina for an unofficial visit,” he said on other trips planned. “I do have an official visit to South Carolina for the fall.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Lyons still plans to commit on October 6th.