Pierre enjoys “best college visit” during Florida Gators official visit

The Florida Gators coaching staff had a lot of help recruiting uncommitted guys this weekend as nine of Florida’s commits were on campus for official visit this weekend.

Linebacker commit Jesiah Pierre (6-2, 220, Mount Dora, FL. Mount Dora Christian Academy) was one of those on campus and he loved his visit to Gainesville.

“It was very good, honestly the best college visit that I’ve ever experienced,” Pierre said of his official to Florida. “It was really awesome, I got to know the coaches more and find out what Florida is all about. We just enjoyed the vibe, hang out with the current players and get an understanding of what it means to be a college football player.”

Heading into the weekend Pierre wanted to get around as many people as he could so he was comfortable with everything when he enrolls early at Florida.

“Just bond with more people and understand where I’m going to be at in the next few weeks to be honest,” he said on what he wanted to accomplish this weekend. “Just understanding who they are, get to know them more and they got to know me more. If you have a better connection than it will go better on the field. I think we accomplished that.”

Pierre was hosted by another linebacker this weekend and he explained things to the Gators commit about how life is in Gainesville.

“David Reese was,” Pierre said on who his player host was. “It was awesome, really good guy and he told me everything was cool and they have a lot of fun. Just talked to me about the transition from high school to college and that you have to stay ready and work hard.”

Before Pierre left campus on Sunday, he got the chance to sit down with head coach Dan Mullen where the Gators coach had a short message for the commit.

“It was just kind of giving me advice,” he said on the meeting with Mullen. “He was telling me to stay focus and to enjoy the outside life. He was telling me what to expect when I come here in a few weeks.”

Pierre also got the chance to talk ball with Mullen and the defensive coaching staff about where he could play at when he arrives in Gainesville next month.

“We talked about the whole agenda of how they do things,” Pierre said on what they said when they talked ball with him. “They just say when I come up there to be ready to work and that was just the whole picture of it. I’m not sure where I will play yet but I feel like I will stick with Coach [Christian] Robinson a lot but they can do anything with me.”

Since Pierre is solid to Florida, he was trying to help get some other guys to join him in Gainesville and he was focused on one guy in particular.

“I was trying to talk to Dontae Lucas a little bit,” he said on guys he was recruiting this weekend. “I just tell them no matter what you do, not only in football but in life, people are going to have opinions about you good or bad so you just have to choose what you want to do in life. I told them how Florida was a great school and how Coach Mullen is on a mission to do something great and that’s why I joined them.”

Now that Pierre has taken his official visit, the recruiting process is pretty much for done for the Florida commit.

“I’m signing on the 19th and enrolling in January,” Pierre said on what’s next for him.

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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.