Overton had an “awesome” visit with the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators have done a great job with filling needs in the 2023 recruiting class already but they’re still looking to add some linebackers to the class.

Linebacker Karmelo Overton (6-0, 200, Ozark, AL. Carroll) was on campus on Friday and had fun working out for the staff during Friday Night Lights.

“It was awesome, the atmosphere was amazing,” Overton said of his visit to Florida on Friday. “Everybody was so welcoming and easy to work with.”

Overton worked with linebackers coach Jay Bateman during the camp and the linebackers coach had a message for the Alabama native.

“It was good,” he said on working with Bateman during the event. “He said I impressed him a lot and I’m looking forward to the next step in my recruitment. He’s impressive and more of a teacher-style coach.”

While on campus, Overton also had the chance to talk with several coaches as the linebacker knew he had to prove himself to the staff.

“Coach P [Mike Peterson] and a majority of the coaching staff,” Overton said on the other coaches he talked to. “I had to prove what I had in my tank and what I could do with it. They all pretty much said the same as Coach Bateman.”

The Gators haven’t offered Overton yet but he says if the Gators were to offer him, it would mean a lot to him in his recruitment.

“They said it’s still steps to be made but with God, in control, I’m expecting it soon,” he said if the coaches talked to him about an offer. “This would be a game changer for me.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Overton says Arizona State and Mississippi State are also recruiting him hard.

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.