Playing for Mullen is intriguing to McLaughlin after his visit

This spring the Florida Gators coaching staff has hosted dozens of underclassmen on campus for spring practice including several 2021 quarterbacks.

Two weeks ago, the Gators hosted 2021 quarterback Aaron McLaughlin (6-4, 225, Alpharetta, GA. Denmark) on campus and he was able to meet with the coaching staff while on campus.

“It was awesome,” McLaughlin said of his visit to Florida earlier this spring. “I got to check out the facilities and talk to Coach [Brian] Johnson.”

McLaughlin had been offered by the Gators previous coaching staff but on the visit he was told that he still has an offer from Florida under Dan Mullen and his staff.

“I talked to Coach Johnson for awhile, he told me he was going to recruit the heck out of me,” he said of which coach from Florida re offered him on the visit. “Afterwards I talked to Coach [Keiwan] Ratliff and he made sure I knew that meant I still had the offer.”

Quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson and McLaughlin spent a lot of time together during the visit talking and trying to get to know each other as they build a relationship.

“You know we didn’t really talk about football very much,” McLaughlin said of his conversations with Johnson. “We just talked about life and are starting to build a relationship.”

The 2021 quarterback has over 30 offers already but getting an offer from the Gators means a lot to him because of the offense that is in place in Gainesville.

“It’s a blessing and I’m very excited,” he said on his thoughts on the offer from Florida. “I think I would fit in good with the offense and I want to throw but I’m athletic and can run too. I think it’s a great offense that wins games.”

Head coach Dan Mullen’s track record with quarterbacks is also something that McLaughlin likes about the Gators.

“I think he’s a great coach who has a great track record,” McLaughlin said on his thoughts on Mullen. “It’s very intriguing for me to have the opportunity to play for him.”

Now that McLaughlin has visited Florida, the quarterback holds the Gators in high regards for several different reasons.

“I really enjoyed my time at Florida so they’re high on my list,” he said of his interest in Florida. “I liked everything that I was able to see on the visit.”

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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.