Smith knows he’s needed by the Florida Gators

On Saturday, the Florida Gators hosted several instate prospects on campus for either a visit or for the Gators camp.

Athlete Arian Smith (6-1, 170, Lakeland, FL. High) was on campus to visit and he got to speak to a few of the Gators coaches.

“It went good,” Smith said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “I got to talk to a couple of the coaches and chill with them. I talked to Coach [Larry] Scott and Coach [Dan] Mullen.”

Area recruiter and tight ends coach Larry Scott explained to Smith that the Gators want him in Gainesville and it doesn’t matter which side of the ball he plays.

“He just said the same thing he’s been saying about just wanting to see me in person up there,” he said on the message from Scott. “He said he needs me and that I’ll be a perfect fit for them. They say I can play anywhere that it’s my choice.”

Head coach Dan Mullen also explained to Smith that the Gators want him and that he can run track if the athlete wants to in college.

“He said he was glad to have me back up there and stuff,” Smith said on Mullen’s message on Saturday. “He asked me how I finished up track and talked to me about the school and stuff. He said I could come here and do both sports.”

Smith last visited Gainesville in March but the athlete says the Gators are high on his list because of the success in multiple sports.

“Florida has been recruiting me hard,” he said of Florida. “I’m starting to have a top five or seven. I like Florida’s track and football program and how they have a good product in both.”

Smith is just now about to take more visits to out of state schools so a decision is likely going to wait awhile for the athlete.

“I’m not sure if I’m going to take officials to the instate school,” Smith said. “I want to decide either in December or February.”

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.