GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Navaughn Donaldson visited Florida for the first time Friday, a trip that could pay dividends down the road.
The 4-star offensive tackle from Miami Central High School said Florida is now in the mix for him after checking out the school.
“I like it up here,” said Donaldson, a Miami commitment. “I feel comfortable. I like how the coaches talk to me and say how important I am.”
Donaldson said he has “a lot” of phone calls with area recruiter Randy Shannon, and both he and Gators offensive line coach Mike Summers made pitches to the 6-foot-6, 335-pound prospect.
“They told me I could come in and get some early playing time if I learn the system,” Donaldson said. “I have a chance to get see the field, so that’s important. That’s one thing I can look at.
“(Summers) told me he was glad to have me up here and that if I commit, I would be able to get a great education and play early.”
Donaldson is ranked the nation’s No. 15 offensive tackle and No. 93 overall prospect. He claims to his commitment to the Hurricanes is solid, but wants to take visits.
Donaldson said the other schools in the picture Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas A&M and USC. The Aggies are the only official visit he has set in stone as of now.
“I just like how much they want me,” Donaldson said of Texas A&M. “They text me every day, saying how important I am. Their offensive line coach (Jim Turner) came down a couple of times in the spring to see me and how I was doing. So I want take an official visit there.”
Unless otherwise indicated, ratings and rankings come from the 247Sports Composite.
Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.