Featherston: Two teams in the lead

LAKE BUENA VISTA — The Gators have been trying to find a defensive end for the Class of 2014 and one of their primary targets is defensive end Lorenzo Featherston (6-7, 215, Greensboro, NC Page). Featherston is a mystery in the recruiting world but on Tuesday he opened up about who leads in his recruitment.

“Clemson and Florida State are my top two followed by Florida,” Featherston said. “Clemson and Florida State the most; I talk to Florida a lot too. I talk to Coach (Brad) Lawing at Florida. ”

While Featherston says he has a top two he did let on that one school may be ahead of the other though.

“Distance kind of gives Clemson a little edge,” Featherston said. “I’m more familiar with Clemson right now. At Clemson it was a better atmosphere than the others.”

Florida has remained in close contact with Featherston and Lawing has been the guy with the message for the North Carolina star.

“Coach Lawing is just saying make the right choice,” Featherston said. “Go where you can be coached like a tall player and where I can succeed at. All three schools want me at the BUCK position.”

During the month of December coaches had a two week window to where they could do in-home visits and coaches swarmed the Featherston household.

“Clemson, Florida and Florida State have all come by for in-homes so far,” Featherston said. “So far it’s only been assistant coaches but the head coaches are supposed to come by sometime in January.”

With National Signing Day just over a month away things are winding down for Featherston, who says a decision could come at any time.

“I don’t have a timeline for a decision,” Featherston said. “My coach wants me to wrap it up really and I may do it at anytime. It’s possible that I do it on Thursday at the Under Armour game. I have talked to ESPN about that already.”

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.