Nolen rates the Florida Gators a 9 out of 10

The Florida Gators coaching staff hosted dozens and dozens of recruits in the Swamp on Saturday for the Alabama game.

Defensive lineman Walter Nolen (6-4, 325, Powell, TN. High) was on campus with his family and enjoyed his time in the Swamp.

“I liked it, I seen some things that I liked,” Nolen said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “I liked the environment; it was a great game.”

Nolen was impressed by the atmosphere in the Swamp and called the energy inside the stadium one of the best he has been a part of.

“It was good, every stadium has their own different thing,” he said on what he liked about the energy in the Swamp. “Florida has one of the better in game environment.”

The defensive lineman watched the Gators’ defensive line closely on Saturday and Nolen liked how they played.

“I think they played good,” Nolen said on Florida’s defensive line. “Everybody makes mistakes, you can’t do anything but grow from it. They played good for their part.”

Defensive line coach David Turner had a message for Nolen before the game on Saturday on what to watch.

“Just watch the defense and the defensive line,” he said on the message from Nolen. “Yeah, he wants me to move around. They said I can play wherever I want”

Nolen had the Gators in top three and then took them out of it but he says the Gators are close to his top group again.

“On a scale of 1-10, like a 9,” Nolen said on his interest in Florida. “They’re like right there on the edge of it [outside of his top 3 of Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Georgia].”

Next up for Nolen is several official visits to other schools in contention for him.

“Finish up taking my visits and finishing up my season,” he said on what’s next for him in his recruitment. “I’m going to Bama/LSU game, Texas A&M/Bama game and then I’m going to the Tennessee/Georgia game.”

Nolen isn’t sure when he will make a commitment but the defensive lineman plans to enroll early in school so he knows he has to decide soon.

“I don’t know but time is running out,” Nolen said on when he wants to decide.

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.