Kemore Gamble, a 4-star tight end from Homestead, Fla., was one of six early enrollees to arrive at Florida last week.
A couple weeks prior, Gamble sat down in his home and discussed the recruiting process and his goals for his collegiate career.
A bigger story on Gamble’s background and motivations for his time in Gainesville can be found here.
Overall, he received 25 scholarship offers through the recruiting process and he and his family reflected back on that experience a little bit as well.
“It was stressful, very stressful, a lot of different schools coming at you. A lot,” his mother Keiva Rodriguez said. “… It was way more than I expected. A lot of mail, I mean mail coming from everywhere, even schools I had never heard of. So it was very stressful.”
Here’s a quick question and answer session with some of Gamble’s thoughts on the process:
Q: What advice would you give a high school junior about how to handle the recruiting experience?
Gamble: “I would tell them stay focused and don’t let all of it go to his head.”
Q: Who was your first offer?
Gamble: “Cincinnati. Ninth grade.”
Q: What was your reaction to that?
Gamble: “I didn’t know what an offer was at first. They offered me at practice. They came to (watch another player). He asked what grade I was in, what’s my GPA and stuff like that. He asked if I had any scholarships, but I didn’t even know what it was at the time. I said, ‘No,’ and he offered me a full-ride scholarship to Cincinnati.”
Q: When did the rest start coming in?
Gamble: “Around like 10th grade year. Temple, West Virginia and then it just started (rolling in).”
Q: You were initially committed to Miami. What did you like about the Hurricanes then, and why did you end up changing your mind?
Gamble: “I liked the coaches, they use the tight ends a lot. Then I had found out the coach got fired and I didn’t like it that much.”
Q: In the end, what school came in second to Florida?
Gamble: “It would probably be Alabama or Tennessee. The reason I picked Florida is because they’ve been sticking with me since I was in like 10th grade, and Alabama came in at the last minute and I didn’t like that. … I told them, ‘It’s a little too late because I’m already committed to Florida,’ but they still offered me.”
Q: You committed to Florida in April. What sold you on the program?
Gamble: “I like the atmosphere, I like the fans there and the coaches show a lot of love for the players.”
Q: What was the biggest rumor about you during the process that wasn’t true?
Gamble: “My weight. That I was weighing 200 pounds, and I wasn’t. I was at 220-230.”
Q: Did you read all the stuff on Twitter?
Gamble: “I don’t read stuff on Twitter. I just see my name, I keep scrolling.”
Q: What was the worst part of the process?
Q: What coach was hardest to say no to?
Gamble: “(Mario) Cristobal for Alabama and Larry Scott for Tennessee. They told me, always keep them in mind, they still want me and stuff like that.”
Q: How many schools did you have still calling you up until the dead period started over winter break?
Gamble: “Probably about 5. Tennessee, Alabama, NC State, North Carolina and Syracuse.”
Q: What do you like about Gainesville?
Gamble: “It’s a nice place to be. It’s a football town. … I’ll have a lot of goosebumps the first time (playing in The Swamp).”
Q: What Florida games did you go to this year?
Gamble: “I went to Missouri and I went to North Texas. It was loud. I never saw anything like that before.”
Q: What school disappointed you the most, that you thought they would be more interested or it didn’t go the way you expected?
Gamble: “Even a school I don’t have an offer from? Probably would be Florida State.”
Q: What college would you have considered more seriously if they offered you earlier?
Gamble: “Alabama. I liked it a lot because it’s a football town. Coaches are hard-working.”
Q: Which head coach of a team, aside from Florida, was the nicest?
Gamble: “Probably Auburn (Gus Malzahn). He’s good, funny and he’s outspoken. (But) I wasn’t feeling the vibe.”