Odom recruiting several players to join the Florida Gators

Most of the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2020 was in attendance for Friday Night Lights last Friday as they tried to help the coaching staff recruit others to join them in Gainesville.

2020 tight end commit Jonathan Odom (6-5, 250, Tampa, FL. Jesuit) was one of those commits in town and he has enjoyed getting on campus ever since he committed.

“Ever since they offered me, I’ve been coming up here and catching all good feelings from the players and coaches,” Odom said of Florida. “I’ve been feeling the family vibe and after the picnic I decided to close up my recruitment. I’m happy with my decision.”

Odom has been one of the more vocal commits in the class and he says the relationship among the commits is growing stronger.

“We’ve got a group chat on Twitter with some of the commits we’ve got,” he said on his relationship with the other commits. “We’ve started to build a really good relationship with each other and the coaches.”

While on campus on Friday, Odom had a few guys he was working on as he has already built a strong relationship with one of Florida’s top targets.

“We [Odom and Marcus Dumervil] met on my LSU official visit so we’ve been talking ever since then,” Odom said on guys he’s recruiting. “We’ve become really good friends and I’ve already got my boy [Gerald] Mincey to commit. We’re reeling them in. I have my teammate 2021 Jordan Young and he’s came up here with us. I showed him what the Gator life is about.”

The coaching staff didn’t have much of a message for Odom on Friday but they simply gave him a few tips for his senior year.

“They want me to focus on my senior season and just work on getting faster and stronger,” he said of the message from the coaching staff. “Working on my craft and my mindset is on a state championship.”

Despite already committing to Florida, Odom received further confirmation that the Gators were the right pick for him last week when he watched Dan Mullen’s media day press conference.

“Just the whole family atmosphere,” Odom said on what ultimately got to him to choose Florida. “Something I seen from Coach Mullen at media day, he said when players commit to him, it’s not just as football player but trusting that my future is in his hands. That’s the coach I want to play for.”

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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 Rivals.com, 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.