One of Florida’s top remaining targets earned All-American honors Tuesday.
Richard Gouraige, a 4-star offensive tackle from Tampa, Fla., had his jersey presentation for the 2018 Under Armour All-American at Cambridge Christian School.
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“It’s a big honor,” Gouraige told SEC Country of the selection. “It’s been a grind for me the past few years and it means a lot to get recognized. I’m just thankful.”
Offensive line is the biggest remaining need for the Gators, and they’ve had their sights set on Gouraige all year. The 6-foot-5, 271-pound prospect named a top 2 of Clemson and Florida on Monday.
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Here’s what stood out to Gouraige about both programs.
Clemson: “Coach [Robbie] Caldwell has been pushing me and all the coaches there are talking to me a lot and just letting me know I’m a big target. I talk with Coach Dabo Sweeny and he tells me they need me.”
Florida: “I’ve built a great relationship with the coaches They’ve just been loyal to me. They always check on me and how my family is doing. I like coach [Brad] Davis a lot and he’s a great O-line coach.”
Gouraige is ranked the nation’s No. 10 offensive tackle and No. 107 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite. Despite narrowing his recruitment to a pair of finalists, Gouraige still hasn’t set a timeline for his decision.