GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jaleel Laguins has been committed to UGA for five months, but he’s taking a second look at two SEC schools due to the coaching change in Athens.
This weekend, the four-star linebacker out of Oconee County (Watkinsville, Ga.) officially visited Florida, a program he’s made trips to in the past.
“It was pretty fun coming down to Gainesville again,” Laguins said. “I got to see how the environment is with the new coaching staff. I like the atmosphere and culture they’ve created.
“When (Will) Muschamp was the head coach, they had their struggles and they were in a slump. When (Jim) McElwain came in, he got the program to do a complete turnaround. What they’re starting at Florida is special, and you always want to be part of something like that.”
Laguins’ host was UF junior linebacker Jarrad Davis, a Georgia native and former Auburn commit who made a late switch to the Gators.
“Hanging out with him was cool,” Laguins said. “He told me it’s just different at Florida. His overall message was that I’ll enjoy it, but it’s a constant grind.
“I’m glad I spent time with him. I’ve seen all the facilities and been to games, so just being around the players and students was pretty nice.”
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder will officially visit Alabama next weekend and Georgia on Jan. 29. His determining factor is finding the school he’s most comfortable at, and he said UF fits the bill.
“I have to see what else is out there just in case I don’t like the coaching staff (at Georgia),” Laguins said. “So ultimately, I want to have a plan B in my back pocket so I’m not stuck on signing day with nowhere to go.”
— Jaleel Laguins (@Leel_DaGreat) January 17, 2016