Last Thursday was a busy day of virtual visits for the Florida Gators and that included talking to a 2022 specialist.
2022 kicker Alex McPherson (5-8, 138, Fort Payne, AL. High) took a virtual visit with the Gators on Thursday and enjoyed the visit.
“It was a good visit,” McPherson said of his virtual visit to Florida. “I got to talk to almost all the coaches and staff. I got to see some of the pump up videos for this season, see the weight room and the new facility.”
McPherson is very familiar with the Gators coaches since his brother Evan is a current kicker for the Gators but a few things stood out to the kicker.
“What stood out to me was how they made it a priority to talk to me and make me feel welcomed,” he said. “They really made it feel like that it was all about you and everything.”
Strength and conditioning coach Nick Savage also spoke with McPherson about how he could help the 2022 prospect once he’s on campus.
“I think that Coach Savage and his staff are amazing,” McPherson said of Savage’s presentation. “They train you to be strong but also to help you train to improve yourself in your department. They talked about how they focus on how they treat people differently because everybody is different and so for me as a kicker the workouts I would probably do wouldn’t be the same as a lineman.”
Head coach Dan Mullen also talked to McPherson about why the Gators like his game and what he could do for Florida.
“He talks about how he likes how consistent my kicks are,” he said of Mullen’s message to him. “I will probably kick fields and kickoffs for them. I have known most of these coaches since before I was in high school so I have a strong connection with him and the coaches.”
New special team analyst Shayne Graham also talked to McPherson about what he likes about the kicker’s game.
“Coach [Shayne] Graham talks about how consistent and how fast my legs are,” McPherson said. “He’s a great guy and just easy to get along with, definitely a great coach.”
McPherson knows a lot about the Gators program but he says he likes a few things about Florida.
“Florida is a great school with an amazing football program and that really stands out to me,” he says of Florida. “I like the way they teach you to be great football players but also great young men.”
The Gators have one of its top rivals competing against them for McPherson as well as two instate schools that are talking to the kicker.
“Right now it’s Florida and Tennessee,” McPherson said of schools recruiting him hard. “I have had talks with Alabama and Auburn as well.”