Toafili says the Florida Gators are in his top group of schools

Several of the Florida Gators top targets were on campus on Saturday for the Gator Great cookout.

Running back Lawrence Toafili (6-0, 180, Largo, FL. Pinellas Park) was on campus and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere on the cookout on Saturday.

“The visit was good, it was a good experience,” Toafili said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “It was good to get back up there and get around the guys again. It gave me a different experience and perspective on the coaches because I got more one-on-one time with them and I got to see what things are really about there.”

Running backs coach Greg Knox spent a lot of time with Toafili on Saturday and the running back likes Knox’s personality.

“Coach Knox is a very smart dude and he knows what he’s talking about,” he said on his impressions of Knox. “He knows how to develop players and all of that stuff. I really just got a different vibe from them and got to see how he was as a person.”

Knox also had a message to Toafili about why the Gators offense is the best fit for the running back.

“He just gives off advice and he just wants what’s best for me,” Toafili said on Knox’s message to him. “He feels like what’s best for me is their offense because I fit well in it. He says I’m very versatile and that’s how there backs need to be because of how they use them.”

The Gators coaching staff is recruiting Toafili hard and the running back believes the relationship between the two parties is getting better.

“Florida has always been in the mix and kept in contact,” he said on how hard Florida is recruiting him. “We always talk, the vibe and connection is probably getting stronger but I wouldn’t say they’re recruiting me any harder than the past. It’s just building a relationship with them.”

Toafili was joined on Saturday by his family and the family enjoyed their first time in Gainesville on Saturday.

“My family is really Gator fans,” Toafili said of what his family thought of the visit. “That was their first time on campus and they really loved it.”

Now that Toafili has visited Gainesville, the running back says the Gators are in the mix for him and one of his top schools.

“Florida is in the mix for sure, they’re in the top schools for sure,” he said on where Florida stands in his recruitment. “I can say my top schools are the schools that I’ve seen so far and got around the coaches. So the schools that I would say are my top are Auburn, Florida State, Florida and Ohio State.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Toafili says he will back in Gainesville this summer and he also plans to visit Auburn sometime soon as well.

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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.