Eli Stove has been committed to Auburn since May, but when asked what his father, a fan of the Tigers, would think of him possibly committing to Florida, he offered a candid response.
“He’d probably say it’s better than Auburn, to be honest,” Stove said jokingly.
Stove, who has shown interest in the Gators in recent months, appears open to the possibility, too.
The four-star receiver confirmed to SEC Country he will take official visits to Auburn (Jan. 15), Florida (Jan. 22) and Miami (Jan. 29) in the coming weeks. He acknowledged he continues to give the Gators a second look.
“I’m still looking around,” Stove told SEC Country on Monday. “I’m not going to count any school out. I’m really just looking at Auburn and Florida.”
The 6-foot-1, 178-pound senior from Niceville, Fla., says he’s built a strong relationship with the Gators this fall, particularly with wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon, who has entertained the possibility of Stove playing both ways.
Stove unofficially visited Gainesville, Fla., on Nov. 7 for the Florida-Vanderbilt game. Evidently, the visit went well enough for him to pencil in an official visit less than two weeks before signing day. Per Stove, he has no intentions of canceling his upcoming visit, either, as he doesn’t anticipate shutting down his recruitment following his visit to Auburn the week prior.
How would he characterize his commitment?
“I don’t know,” Stove said. “I’d say solid for now. I’ll still look at Florida.”
Stove is rated as the No. 12 receiver in the country.
SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi contributed to this report.