Florida’s campus has had no shortage of action despite the end of Spring camp.
Lloyd Summerall, a 6-foot-5, 218-pound defensive end from Auburndale, took an unofficial visit to Florida on Friday, after picking up an offer from Gators linebackers coach Christian Robinson on Feb. 6.
“My visit was great. I learned a lot,” Summerall said. “I decided last week that I was going to come before I stop and focus on spring ball.”
Summerall, a four-star prospect ranked the No. 11 weakside defensive end in the 2019 class, took multiple stops throughout the spring, including the likes of Miami and Georgia. He said he gained more insight on where said programs envision him playing.
“I just have been trying to see how I fit in everyone’s scheme. I want to see what’s their plan for me, and how it would work,” Summerall said.
When it came to UF’s pitch, the Gators also pitched him on helping rebuild a former SEC power.
“Why not compete and play somewhere where you’re going to have the entire Florida fans behind you,” Summerall said of UF’s pitch, “and come play in the best conference.”
But the perceived leader in Summerall’s recruitment is Florida State.
The Seminoles made Summerall an early target during the initial stages of Willie Taggart’s transition to FSU.
“I like how they’ve made me a priority once they got in and have a new staff,” he said. “They immediately reached out to me and made me know I’m a priority kid.”
Rather than attend many camps in the coming months, Summerall’s plan is to focus on his physical development and continue taking visits before his senior season.
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“I’m not really going to go to many camps, I’m just going to be trying to go visit,” Summerall said. “I definitely need to work on my get-off. I want to get way quicker than what I was. Stronger, I need to gain some weight.”
When it comes to his recruitment, Summerall hopes to go into his senior season with a set list of several schools.
“From there, I’m going to narrow them down close to early signing period,”Summerall said. “And then early signing period sign and then I’m early-enrolling.”
And although they’re not the perceived favorite, Florida remains in the hunt for the highly regarded in-state defensive lineman.
“They got a great chance,” Summerall said. “I feel like they got their coach. Yeah, they got a great chance.”