Alabama, Florida still strong in top 5 for nation’s No. 12 TE
Plantation, Fla. — Back in August, Nick Eubanks told a reporter he would choose Alabama if he had to make a decision the following day. But that may no longer be the case.
In an interview with SEC Country, Eubanks didn’t reaffirm or deny that notion.
“My top five schools are my favorites,” Eubanks said. “I don’t know. Whatever it comes down to.”
What is for certain, though, is the 3-star tight end from American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) will choose from the same list of schools he announced as his favorites less than two months ago.
“It’s been basically the same schools,” Eubanks said. “LSU, Oregon, USC, Alabama and Florida. They’re recruiting me heavy at this time. They’re trying to get to know me better.”
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior hasn’t strayed from that list. Not even in the slightest. He confirmed to SEC Country that he’s close to scheduling official visits to Oregon and USC with plans of locking in a third to Florida sometime soon.
Per the 247Sports.com Crystal Ball, though, Alabama is a 91 percent favorite to land the services of the No. 12 tight end in the country. But Eubanks maintained that each program, the Crimson Tide included, offer the kind of development he is seeking at the next level.
“Competition wise, I believe it’s high,” Eubanks said of Alabama. “They’ll get me better as a tight end. Alabama is that type of school. Florida is that type of school, too. They use their tight ends a lot. I’d get to flex out a lot. The same with Oregon, USC and LSU.”
Florida is a school that has certainly caught his attention. Eubanks took an unofficial visit to Gainesville, Fla., over the summer and came away impressed by the coaching staff’s use of its tight ends. Florida’s (6-1, 4-1 SEC) start to the 2015-16 season has also caught his eye.
“It’s amazing,” Eubanks said. “I like how they’ve played in every tough game they’ve had. They’re surviving every game and giving it their all. There is a lot of excitement.”
But wins and losses don’t appear to weigh as much as a program’s ability to grow and develop its players — something Eubanks acknowledged he follows closely.
“I know every team uses their tight ends, but how do they discipline them?,” Eubanks said. “I look at that.”
Eubanks is rated as the No. 53 player in Florida.