TAMPA, Fla. — For Jordan Pouncey, an offer from Florida always felt like it was meant to be.
It finally happened for him after his workout at the Florida satellite camp last week.
His older cousins are the Pouncey twins, Maurkice and Mike, who were on the Gators’ 2008 national championship team before becoming first-round picks in the NFL draft.
He also has cousins currently attending UF, and his 7-on-7 coach and personal trainer is former Florida cornerback Keiwan Ratliff.
“There seems to be Gators all around me,” Pouncey said. “My cousins, of course. Coach Ratliff. Some of my family members that aren’t football players go there now. So it’s really nice to have that offer. It’s been a long time coming.
“I’ve been in contact with the defensive coordinator, Geoff Collins. It’s been a process, but I’m glad I have the offer now and can start considering them.”
It’s not given, however, that the Gators will land Pouncey, a 3-star athlete from Winter Park, Fla. He holds offers from 46 other schools, and his family connection to Florida doesn’t heavily influence him.
“I’m not that close with Mike and Maurkice,” Pouncey said. “I’ve never met them before, but we have a relationship and communicate by phone. Recently, they’ve played a big part in my recruitment.
“When I let them know I got offered by Florida, they told me not to go there just because they went there. They said go to the school that’s a good fit for me.”
Finding that fit just became complicated for Pouncey. More than 40 schools are recruiting him at wide receiver, the position he prefers.
But Alabama and Florida, his latest offers, both want him as a cornerback. Ratliff has been encouraging Pouncey to play in the secondary since he started working with him in 2015.
“It’s a blessing that I can do both sides of the ball,” Pouncey said. “I’m just going to play with the chips I’m dealt. If I play corner, so be it. If I play receiver, so be it. I do enjoy cornerback quite a bit, I just don’t enjoy it as much as receiver.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect plans to visit several schools this summer and has no timetable for his decision. He added that the Gators’ offer for cornerback won’t hurt their chances.
“It’s not a disadvantage,” Pouncey said. “I like Florida, so I’d be willing to play any position there.”