GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This UF recruiting weekend will easily take the cake for biggest food bill in the 2016 cycle.
Florida hosted four offensive linemen on official visits with an average weight of 305 as well as 250-pound defensive end Jachai Polite, a Gators commit.
So a lot of calories were consumed in Gainesville this weekend.
“We ate four times a day with snacks in between,” said UF center commit Brett Heggie. “We each had a whole pizza on the way out. During the visits they had buffets with seafood, steaks, chicken and wings. We all went back for thirds and even fourths. It was amazing.”
Two of the linemen, four-stars Landon Dickerson and John Simpson, are uncommitted at this time. Heggie said he and Florida guard commit Jawaan Taylor both recruited them to join the class.
“I got to spend a good amount of time with John,” Heggie said. “We hung out and talked. He really, really liked coach (Mike) Summers and the rest of the staff. He definitely had a fun visit, and I know for a fact Landon had a great time. Florida made a big push. Landon asked me a lot of questions and I answered them for him.
“We talked about coach Summers. In my eyes, he’s one of the greatest offensive line coaches in the country and one of the best people I’ve dealt with in the recruiting process. So Landon loved coach Summers, and that was big. He also asked me about gameday atmosphere, and I told him nothing compares to The Swamp. That Florida-Tennessee game was nuts.”
Heggie and Dickerson became friends at The Opening combine last summer and were teammates for the Under Armour All-America Game earlier this month, something he hopes will continue in college. Heggie tweeted a video of Dickerson during their visit that sent Florida fans into a frenzy.
“He told me, ‘I’m ’bout to do the chomp right here on the 50. Get me on video.’ So I took it on Snapchat,” Heggie said. “I told him if posted it on Twitter that Gator Nation would go crazy, and he was like, ‘Oh yeah, do it.’ Our fans are the best.”
— Brett Heggie (@HeggieBrett74) January 17, 2016
Heggie said the highlight of his trip was spending time with current players, including offensive guards Tyler Jordan and his host, T.J. McCoy.
“I’ve been committed for a long time and I have some relationships with players on the team, but it’s only a handful,” Heggie said. “So I got to spend a lot of time with more guys and meet them. That was huge for me.
“They were really supportive and showed me a good time. They just told me this is great staff to play for, led by coach Mac. These next few years are going to big for the program. We have a lot of positive energy coming off that 10-win season. It’s an exciting time to be a Gator.”