Otey likes the youth playing for the Florida Gators

One thing the Florida Gators have been able to do lately is reload the defensive backfield from one year to another and that is showing this season as well.

The Gators coaching staff is trying to continue that process and on Saturday they hosted 2019 defensive back Adonis Otey (6-0, 175, Murfreesboro, TN. Blackman) who enjoyed the environment in the Swamp.

“The coaches and players and how intense they were in getting ready for the game,” Otey said on what stood out on Saturday. “Everybody was involved in the game. Everybody was just watching, screaming, yelling.”

Otey paid close attention to the defense and to the defensive backs and he was impressed by their play on Saturday.

“I like the defensive backs, because that’s the position I play,” he said on what position stood out to him. “I like the way they play.”

One thing that stood out to Otey was the number of true freshmen that played on Saturday including C.J. Henderson.

“Yeah because number 5, he’s really good,” Otey said on if freshmen playing catches his attention. “He has two pick-sixes I know for the season. So, I know that him playing young, I could have the chance of coming in and playing young.”

Following Saturday’s visit Otey says the Gators made a move up because of the young guys playing but others are still in the mix.

“They stand pretty high because of that,” he said on where Florida stands with him. “Schools like LSU, other DBU’s, stuff like that stand out.”

The Gators do have the one thing that Otey is looking for in a school when he makes a decision.

“Really just going in and playing early,” Otey said on what he’s looking for in a school.”

Next up for Otey is several trips around the south including a return trip to Gainesville to see the Gators.

“I know that I have a LSU visit coming up, Tennessee, Bama, Louisville, Kentucky, just schools like that,” he said on other visits coming. “I might be coming back here in the spring, or maybe next summer.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Otey is one of the top defensive backs for next year and he likes Florida a lot early on but several other schools are also high up there for him.

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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 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.