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Guard Ethan White visiting Florida Saturday
Florida is expected to more than 20 recruits Saturday for the inaugural Gator Grill Out, including 2019 commit Ethan White.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman from Superior Collegiate Academy (Clearwater, Fla.) will be making his second visit in as many months after attended the Orange & Blue Game.
He committed to Florida on March 23 after visiting for spring practice and forming a fast connection with first-year coach Dan Mullen and offensive line coach John Hevesy, his primary recruiter.
“I just wanted to stay home,” White told SEC Country of his decision. “I told myself when the recruiting process started that I didn’t want to go real far. All of my family is in Florida. Then I met Coach Mullen and Coach Hevesy, and it just felt like the right move.
“I’ve actually shut down most of the other schools that were recruiting me. … Florida is the place for me. I felt like I didn’t have to look at any other schools because this is where I want to be.”
White is a 3-star tackle in the 247Sports composite, but ESPN has him ranked as a 4-star recruit and the nation’s No. 12 guard. He likes the coaching style of Hevesy and Mullen and the relationship they have with their players, new and old.
“Coach Mullen runs a very family-oriented program. All the old players that played for him, they all come back and help him,” White said of Mullen. “He is very energetic. He’s all over the field and he’s coaching up every position.
“Coach Hevesy, I like his coaching style [as well]. It’s very straightforward. There’s no sugarcoating. He’s going to tell you what you do right and what you do wrong.”
With his commitment made and the process over with, White has put on his recruting cap and wants to get others to join Florida’s 2019 class. One of his top targets is 4-star guard Keiondre Jones (Hogansville, Ga.), who was at the spring game with White.
“I’m trying to get him to come,” White said of Jones. “It’s Florida. That’s all you have to say really. Coach Hevesy is a good coach, and we need guards. I think Florida has a good chance with Keiondre. He says he likes Florida right now and he’s got a couple other schools that he’s interested in.”
2020 ATH Keyvone Lee locked in with Gators
One player that White doesn’t have to recruit is his teammate, 2020 athlete Keyvone Lee.
The 4-star running back/linebacker is rated a top-100 overall prospect by 247Sports and committed to the Gators on March 29. His decision caught White by surprise.
“I didn’t know he was committing,” White said. “I saw it on Twitter and I called him right way. I was like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know that [was coming]. You could have told me!’
“It’s nice because we have that high school connection. I know we’re going to be teammates now and in the future. He’s a crazy athlete.”
Lee was re-offered by Florida in late January and the new staff is recruiting him to play both sides of the ball. That approach was key to landing his pledge.
“I had to,” Lee told SEC Country when asked about pulling the trigger. “They were the only school that offered me as an athlete. That’s what I want to do at the next level. I want to play running back and linebacker. They say I got the ability to play both sides of the ball, so they want me to come in and do it all.”
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete also holds early offers from the likes of LSU, Louisville, Mississippi State and Tennessee. Lee said he may take a visit to LSU, but the Gators have a stranglehold on his recruitment at this time.
“I’m locked in,” Lee said of Florida. “I like how they’re switching to Jordan. By the time I get here, they’re going to be Jordan everything.”
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