Moten shocked after picking up an offer from the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators hosted visitors on campus last Saturday for the Samford game as the Gators finally had a home game after a month of being on the road.

Defensive tackle Ahmad Moten (6-3, 290, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Cardinal Gibbons) was on campus and he picked up an offer from the Gators after he talked to head coach Dan Mullen.

“Coach Mullen was the one,” Moten said on the coach who offered him. “He said that he liked the way I played, my film, my character and liked my size. Just all of that.”

Moten had a feeling an offer was coming from Florida on Saturday, but the defensive tackle was still surprised by the news.

“I was shocked, I was smiling hard,” he said on his reaction to the offer. “I was just happy, very happy. I had a feeling it was coming but I still didn’t believe it. It still doesn’t feel real to this day, and it happened just two days ago.”

Defensive line coach David Turner and Mullen explained to Moten on Saturday how he would fit into the defensive and why he’s a big need for the Gators.

“He’s saying that they really have no defensive tackles after this year,” Moten said on the message from Turner and Mullen. “They’re dealing with some injuries this year so I would be a perfect fit for them. I will probably play 3, 4, and 5 techniques. They like that I can play all kind of different positions.”

Moten liked the environment and the atmosphere while on campus on Saturday and says despite it being a noon kickoff game, the stadium was still loud.

“Everyone showed loved, even a fan came up to me and was asking how I was doing,” he said on how he liked the visit for the Samford game. “Even though it was the Samford game, the atmosphere was still crazy, I can’t imagine how it will be for the Alabama or LSU game.”

After picking up an offer from the Gators on Saturday, Moten says he has a lot of interest in the Gators for a few reasons.

“Florida has been a dream school for me, that’s big,” Moten said on his interest in Florida. “Just watching them and they’re known for the defensive line. I used to love Florida growing up.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Moten says he isn’t signing until February, and he plans to take an official visit to Florida in January.

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.