I’ll be talking with Florida’s 2010 commits to see what they have been up to since they signed with the Gators and what they are expecting once they get on campus. We’ll start things off with one of the most popular Gator recruits, defensive end Lynden Trail from Miami Booker T. Washington. He’ll be taking on a bit more responsibility than most freshmen. And he’s out to prove a lot of people wrong.
What have you done since signing with your letter of intent?
I’ve just been working out, relaxing and I ran track. My track season was pretty good. I went to state for two events — the high jump and the 4×400. I cleared 6-4, but that wasn’t really a goal for me. My goal was really to get back to 6-8 this year, but I guess because of the grass (that he jumped off of) it threw my momentum off and I wasn’t able to reach my maximum height. In addition to that, in my 4×400 I ran a 47.70 and we finished in sixth place and I think that’s pretty good.
I’m getting married (today). (His soon-to-be wife Kyera) is a lucky girl.
Trail said he and Kyera have been together from more than a year and a half and she will be attending UF as well.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve wanted to work on before you get on campus?
I’ve been in the weight room every day after school working hard trying to get back to maximum strength. During track season I kind of fell off because we don’t use the weight room as much and that kind of knocked a couple pounds off. I’m getting back at it — eating right, getting protein, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and I’m back in the weight room.
What weight did you or Florida’s coaches want you to be at before you report and what weight are you currently at?
They really didn’t tell me (a weight goal). I don’t think it matters to them because we have the No. 1 program in the nation (at Florida) as far as gaining weight and weight lifting. I’m currently at 215 (pounds), but I want to get back to 225 before I leave (for Gainesville). Before the season starts I want to be at least 235, 240.
When will you report to campus?
I report June 22, in between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. For anyone that is trying to see me, you can find me there.
Do you know who your roommate might be?
Yeah, my wife. I’m going to be able to live the married life. Coach (Urban Meyer) doesn’t really say anything about it. He supports it. As long as I can do my job, I don’t think it really bothers him. (Defensive line) coach Dan McCarney supports. They’ve all met her and they all love her.
What do you think the biggest challenge will be once you get to Florida?
Battling for a position because I’m a little undersized and a lot of people underrate me. At the same time that’s what makes things so (motivating). I’ve always played with a chip on my shoulder.