JUCO tight end Lucas Krull is close to making a decision on his football future, and Florida appears to be a considerable option for the 6-foot-7, 255-pound prospect.
Krull, a former baseball prospect who initially signed with Arkansas, took an official visit to Florida over the weekend, and the Gators are one of three programs vying for his commitment.
Krull, who has graduated junior college and will be eligible to compete during the 2018 season, will also consider signing with Missouri and Kansas State, meaning UF has its work cut out if they hope to pull him out of the midwest and land his commitment.
And that commitment is coming soon – Krull plans to announce his decision within the next month, and he hopes his upcoming visits clear up his future.
“It was awesome. It was everything and more that I thought it was going to be,” Krull said of his official visit. “I’ve been to Florida a couple of times, but it’s never been to Gainesville. And it’s The Swamp, so it’s the real deal.”
Krull had an opportunity to continue getting to know his potential future position coach in UF tight ends coordinator Larry Scott, yet it was Dan Mullen and the entire UF coaching staff pitching the Shawnee, Kansas, product on coming to Gainesville.
“We connect really well. It’s a very home-y feel with them. They’re going to coach me real hard if this is where I end up coming,” Krull said. “It’s a little bit of everybody, but coach Scott is really the main coach, considering that’s who I would be with the majority of my time here. But him, coach Mullen and the entire coaching staff.”
— Lucas Krüll (@Lucas_Krull_) June 3, 2018
Transitioning from a collegiate baseball career comes with a different training regimen, and it’s one Krull continues to employ while focusing on his recruitment. He said he intends to reach a final decision before the end of June, allowing Krull to focus on his development for the next level.
“You know, it’s definitely different. Baseball is a different world of training than football, but I’ve always loved the weight room. I’ve always pushed the limits for baseball, so for me it’s going to be easier than I would expect. Because obviously I’m out of shape right now, but I love the weight room,” he said. “For me getting back in the weight room, it will be an easier move for me. But it will always be tough, very tough.”
Krull said he plans to make a decision “next week”, but not before making several more trips first.
“I’ve got a couple more visits, and then I’ll probably make a decision next week,” he said. “Not really (a top) right now, because I’ve got to go on a couple more visits right now, then it’ll be out there.”
Yet Krull, who played tight end in high school, said he will reassess his recruitment Thursday after visiting Kansas State, and if he feels comfortable with his decision he plans on committing.
— Lucas Krüll (@Lucas_Krull_) June 1, 2018
“If I feel like there’s something missing,” he said, “I might go on one more.
“I want to be able to come where I, I’ve got three years to play, so, I can feel at home and where I feel I can be an impact player pretty soon,” Krull said. “For me it’s never been, yeah obviously it’s going to have my family close, but at the same time if I’m away, with football everything’s always on TV nowadays so it won’t be a factor for me.”
And when it comes to making that big decision, that is just what Krull’s seeking: an opportunity to contribute early, wherever that may be.
“For me, it’s really going to be how I can be used, you know,” he said. “For me it’s going to be how I get a relationship with the coaching staff and how that affects my role.
“(UF) says it’s going to be everything. They’re going to flex me in, flex me out, match-ups, you know. One-on-ones, so. It’s really anything I can do they’re going to have me do.”