Smalls likes the Florida Gators and plans to officially visit UF

On Friday, the Florida Gators coaching staff hosted several prospects on campus for unofficial visits as the prospects were in the state for a 7-on-7 tournament on Saturday.

Outside linebacker Sav’ell Smalls (6-3, 230, Burien, WA. Kennedy Catholic) was one of those on campus and he got to talk to two of Florida’s recruiting staff members.

“I went to Florida on Friday, it was cool,” Smalls said of his visit to Florida on Friday. “We were there for about an hour, I got to meet with Coach O [Otis Yelverton] and Coach Rat [Keiwan Ratliff] because everyone else had left.”

Smalls didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time on campus but he enjoys his talks with the Gators coaching staff.

“It was cool, we didn’t get to do a whole lot though,” he said. “It was just cool to talk to them because they’re some of my favorite coaches. They’re real cool to talk too.”

The Gators on Friday had a message for Smalls about what he could do if he came to Florida for college.

“They want me to come in and rush the passer,” Smalls said of the message from Florida. “They want me to do what I do but they want me to be an every down back so I can stop the run, drop into coverage and they want to do everything.”

Head coach Dan Mullen is one of the coaches talking to Smalls on a daily basis and he has been explaining what a degree from Florida means.

“Coach Mullen is hitting me up all the time, I’ve been talking to Coach [Todd] Grantham a little more,” he said on the coaches he talks to from Florida. “They just say how a Florida degree will set me up and how hard it’s to get into the school and things like that.”

Just about every top school in America has offered Smalls and he doesn’t plan to announce a decision until February but he says Florida is a school that he likes.

“I like Florida, they’re one of my favorite schools,” Smalls said of his interest in Florida. “I’m going to narrow it down to six schools before the start of my senior year and then I’m going to take my five official visits. Florida is going to get an official 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, 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.