The Florida Gators have had prospects on campus since the start of spring practice and that’s huge not only for the 2017 class, but also for the 2018 and 2019 classes.
2018 athlete Iverson Clement (5-11, 190, Mount Holly, NJ Rancocas Valley Regional) visited Gainesville on Friday and found out that he was a guy the Gators want to have.
“I went up to Florida on Friday with my coaches and met the Florida coaching staff,” Clement said. “They showed us around, I got to sit down with the head coach Jim McElwain and he was basically talking to me about my highlights. They said they liked my highlights and that I’m a SEC running back.”
Heading into the visit Clement hadn’t heard much from Florida and didn’t have an offer from the Gators, but that changed when he spoke to head coach Jim McElwain.
“Coach McElwain offered me a scholarship and it was blessing,” he said. “They said that they would be glad to see me in the future and to come down for another visit. It was pretty nice and to enter the Swamp during the visit. It was nice.”
When McElwain offered Clement a scholarship the 2018 athlete was shocked but honored to receive the offer.
“My first impressions is, that’s Florida, that’s a big university right there,” Clement said. “It’s an honor to be a sophomore and all that’s happening to me. You just have to stay humble. I’m very happy to have a Florida offer.”
McElwain and running backs coach Tim Skipper also met with Clement during the visit and let the athlete know that Florida wants him on the offensive side of the ball.
“They say they like me as a running back, kick return and punt returner,” he said. “Coach McElwain said that they want me on offense scoring points. If they like me for offense, then that’s amazing. I know they’ve had some great players on offense so it’s a blessing.”
Florida made sure to make Clement feel at home during the short visit on Friday and the athlete walked away impressed by the coaching staff.
“I got to talk to the running backs coach [Tim Skipper] and to a lot of the coaches there,” Clement said. “They all talk to me and are trying to get to know me. It’s a family feel around them. I kind of like them in the little time I got to spend around there.”
The New Jersey prospect now has double digit offers but he’s in no rush to make any decision or announcement.
“No schools stick out for me right now,” Clement said. “I’m just enjoying the recruiting process and taking visits. Schools have been catching my eye and I’ve been catching some schools eye during the visits too.”