GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Elijah Conliffe was one of four uncommitted recruits who officially visited Florida last weekend.
The 4-star defensive tackle from Hampton, Va., received an offer from the Gators on Dec. 27 and decided to check them out this month.
“I had a good time on my visit. I give it a 9.5 out of 10,” Conliffe said. “My favorite part was being around the coaches and players. I also liked seeing their facilities and the new stuff they have coming. The people are really truthful and that stuck out to me.”
Defensive tackle is one of the biggest needs for UF in the Class of 2017. Gators defensive line coach Chris Rumph highlighted Florida’s lack of depth at Conliffe’s position.
“Coach Rumph told me they really need defensive tackles and that I’m in a really good position to come in and play,” Conliffe said. “He thinks that I’m more of a nose guard and he was showing me some film of how I would fit into that position.”
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UF offensive guard Richerd Desir-Jones and defensive tackle Kyree Campbell both hosted Conliffe on his visit. Campbell is the lone DT commit in Florida’s class and enrolled in January.
“Kyree was telling me that he’s really enjoying being there and he likes it,” Conliffe said. “He told me he would like to have me playing beside him down there. All of the players were real welcoming to me.”
Conliffe has previously visited Penn State and Tennessee. He’ll take a trip to Louisville this weekend and then make his decision at the end of the month.
“Florida is up there for me,” he said. “I’m committing on Jan. 31 and my finalists are those four schools.”