GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators didn’t sign a tight end in their last recruiting class, but they could land the state’s top two players at the position for 2017.
Miami’s Kemore Gamble, the No. 1 tight end in Florida, committed to UF at the spring game earlier this month.
The Gators hope to follow up Gamble’s pledge with the addition of Tre’ McKitty, their top TE target since the start of the cycle.
On their first stop of the evaluation period, Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and defensive line coach Chris Rumph traveled to Bradenton to watch McKitty for the opening day of spring practice at IMG Academy.
“It felt good to see them out there,” McKitty said of Nussmeier and Rumph. “It just shows how high they are on me and that I’m a priority to them. They need me bad and they’re pushing for me hard.”
McKitty, the state’s No. 2 tight end, visited UF last week with his teammates. It was his third trip to Gainesville in the past six months.
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“I had a good time,” McKitty said. “Obviously I’ve been there plenty of times, so I just got to connect with the coaches some more. I talked to them about the tight end position and how they’re going to use me.”
Nussmeier and tight ends coach Greg Nord went over film and the offensive playbook with McKitty, who stays in regular contact with Florida’s coaching staff.
“I’m talking to them every day,” he said. “They really just preach about how bad they want me because of the kind of player I am. They think I can be a big part of their offense.”
Tight ends play a prominent role in the Gators’ system. Jake McGee finished last season with the second most receptions (41) for UF, and C’ytonai Lewis had a game-high five catches for 79 yards and scored in the Orange & Blue Debut. DeAndre Goolsby also caught a touchdown.
“I watched the highlights from the spring game and I saw that they used the tight ends a lot,” McKitty said. “They were really involved in the passing game and that was good to see.”
The 6-foot-4, 238-pound McKitty claims no leaders at this time and plans to make a decision during his senior season after taking some official visits.
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