GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators are doing their due diligence as they work to fill their needs at linebacker for 2016.
The Gators extended an offer Sunday to Elysee Mbem-Boose, a 3-star linebacker from Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove High School.
Florida defensive line coach Chris Rumph delivered the news to him.
“He called and told me I had on official offer from Florida,” Mbem-Boose told SEC Country. “It feels great to have that, and it’s probably going to expand my recruitment.”
The Gators have two recruits committed at the position at this time.
Florida also currently leads for 5-star Lyndell Wilson, and expected early enrollee David Reese de-committed from Michigan after an in-home visit from Gators linebackers coach Randy Shannon. Florida coaches visited both Reese and Wilson on the last day of the contact period.
Mbem-Boos, a 6-foot-3, 227-pounder, was actually scheduled to make his decision this Thursday, but the Florida offer could change those plans.
“I’m not sure about my decision now,” Mbem-Boose. “There’s a possibility I could (still commit Thursday), but I don’t know.”
Either way, Mbem-Boose said he will officially visit Florida in January. He’s already taken trips to N.C. State, Oklahoma and Oregon.
“Florida is definitely in the mix,” Mbem-Boose said. “It’s a great school. They have top players that go there every year, and their defense is pretty nice. It’d be a great thing to be a part of.
“They told me they have a couple guys leaving, and with my skill set, I have the ability to play all three positions at linebacker. They told me I have amazing size, and that they’d love to have me at Florida.”