Offensive lineman visits UF


With a handful of senior offensive linemen leaving after the 2010 season, Florida is expected to try and bring in some bodies to help with depth down the line. Friday, Florida hosted one of the top linemen on the East Coast in Dover, Del., offensive tackle Trip Thurman.

At 6-foot-6, 302 pounds, Thurman is a beast on the outside. He already has 14 offers from Division-I schools, including West Virginia, South Carolina, Maryland and Wisconsin, and he is already garnering a lot of interest from some major programs.

Thurman traveled to Gainesville with his father to meet with coaches and watch Friday’s practice.

“It was a great experience for me, it being my first time down south,” Thurman said in a text message to The Gainesville Sun. “I really liked the coaching staff and (offensive coordinator) (Steve) Addazio. It was really a great experience.”

Florida didn’t offer Thurman while he was in town, but Thurman said he plans to return to UF over the summer.

“The coaches said they were very impressed with me and they want me to be a Gator, so time will tell,” he said.

Thurman said he currently doesn’t have any leaders, but said Florida could shoot to the top of his list if gets a Gator offer.

“They play in the best conference, they play for championships and offer an excellent education,” Thurman said of Florida.

Thurman recently visited South Carolina and went to Vanderbilt over the weekend. He plans to visit Rutgers and Penn State at the beginning of next week.