Pugh has Florida in his top 3

On Monday the Gators hosted one of their top defensive prospects for an unofficial visit.

That prospect was Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby linebacker Jacob Pugh who visited with his mother and coach on Monday.

“It was a very nice visit,” Pugh said. “I got to tour the campus for about an hour or two and then we went to eat. After that I got to go into the meetings and meet the players and see how they interact with the coaches and finished the visit by meeting with coach (Will) Muschamp.”

The 6-foot-4, 216-pound Pugh was very impressed by what he saw when he was taken on the campus tour on Monday.

“The campus is very nice and calm there,” Pugh said. “They also had a lot of security so you could tell that is was a safe campus. When I went into the building and stuff you could tell they spend a lot of money on the facilities there to help give the students and athletes the best place to learn.”

Pugh said that the visit to Florida was better than what he expected and it also had a good impression on his mother.

“My mom was really impressed, she was really was,” Pugh said. “I was kind of overwhelmed at how good the visit was and how well the coaches and players interact and get along with each other. They have a really good relationship and work together.”

Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin both had a clear message for Pugh before he left his visit to Florida.

“Coach Muschamp was talking to me about life and how I was doing on and off of the field,” Pugh said. “He was telling me what to expect if I choose Florida and how he only wants the best players with the best attitudes. Coach Durkin said pretty much the same thing telling me how I could fit in at any of the linebacker positions and that he was comfortable with me at 4-5 different positions.”

Following the visit to Florida, Pugh now has three schools that he is focusing on with a visit coming up soon.

“Right now the three schools standing out are Florida, Alabama and Florida State,” Pugh said. “Florida really impressed me a lot but in a few weeks I’m going to Alabama with my mom. I want to make a decision sometime after the spring and I plan to visit Florida again before I decide.”

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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.