GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Latavious Brini first visited Florida in late January and named the Gators his leader.
The four-star cornerback made a return trip to UF on Friday.
“I had a great time, man,” the South Florida standout from Mater Academy Charter in Hialeah said. “It was real fun. Got to watch them practice and that was good to see. There was a lot of energy and the players were just flying around. They made a lot of plays. I loved it.”
The Gators did not have a defensive backs coach on staff when Brini was last in Gainesville, so his priority Friday was getting to know Torrian Gray.
“He’s a lively person,” Brini said. “He gets after the DB’s and bounces around out there. I love his coaching style, and that secondary is the definition of shutdown.”
The 6-2, 190-pounder said Gray and linebackers coach Randy Shannon are the lead recruiters for him at Florida. He speaks to the UF assistants regularly.
“I talk to them almost every day,” Brini said. “Their message is just that they need me in orange and blue.”
Since his first trip to Florida, Brini has received 15 new offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Southern Cal.
He also visited UGA and Alabama this past weekend, but the biggest threats to UF appear to be in-state schools Florida State and Miami.
Brini, ranked as the nation’s No. 16 cornerback and 183rd overall prospect by 247Sports, plans to announce a top 10 on April 11.
“It’s been crazy for the last month,” he said. “The experience has been amazing. I got offers that I’ve wanted since I was kid, so this all feels like a dream.”
— Latavious Brini 1️⃣ (@Tall_Man26) March 18, 2016