GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jeremiah Moon had a full house Thursday night.
The four-star linebacker hosted a handful of guests at his place, including Florida coach Jim McElwain and defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.
“It was fantastic,” Moon said of the in-home visit. “All of us got to catch up. (Thursday) was their first day on the road and it was cool that they came to see me. I liked that.”
McElwain and Collins visited four other recruits on the opening day of the contact period before meeting up in Hoover, Ala., to see Moon, who’s been committed to the Gators since July.
“It was pretty cool to have coach McElwain at my house,” Moon said. “We had people on the side of the road watching him come in. It was a big deal.
“He just let my family know that I’m in good hands. That’s important to them, because I’ll be seven hours away from Hoover. He can’t wait for me to get down for my official visit and become a Gator.”
The linebacker position is one of Florida’s biggest needs in the 2016 class, and Collins stressed to Moon that an opportunity for early playing time awaits him in Gainesville.
“We talked about how I have a chance to go there and make an immediate impact,” Moon said. “When I come in I just have to work, get the playbook down and then make plays.”
Mississippi State is still pursuing Moon and will host him on an official visit this weekend. However, with MSU losing defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Manny Diaz to Miami, Moon doesn’t foresee himself flipping to the Bulldogs.
“That’s pretty unlikely,” said Moon, who will visit UF on Jan. 29. “I’m solid to Florida.”
— Jeremiah Moon (@jmoon50) January 15, 2016