Top lineman recruit to pay visit


Of the nearly 30 prospects expected to attend Florida’s game with LSU on Saturday, one of Florida’s current commits might be the most excited of the bunch.

For Gator offensive line commit Chase Hounshell, this trip will be his first seeing the Gators play live.

“I’m pumped,” said Hounshell, who and both rate as a three-star prospect. “This is gonna be my first game in The Swamp. I’ve been talking to a lot of other commits too (about what Florida’s home games are like).”

The 6-foot-5, 242-pound Kirkland, Ohio, Lake Catholic linemen, who plays both offense and defense, said he’s kept up the most with Gator commits Hunter Joyer, Jeff Driskel and Ja’Juan Story. Saturday, he’ll finally get his chance to cheer along side them in Gainesville.

“They said it was the best college football atmosphere in the country,” Hounshell said.

Hounshell has caught a few Gator games on TV, including part of last weeks blowout at Alabama. Because of Lake Catholic’s homecoming, Hounshell didn’t get to see a lot of the game, but said he saw enough to know that it was Florida’s own sloppiness that hurt the Gators more than the Tide did.

“We could have won easily,” he said. “We gave that game away. (Florida) gave them the ball four times inside the 20, fumbled on the goal line and gave them six (points). (Florida) just (made) mistakes.”

Hounshell claims more than 20 offers, but said he isn’t planning to take any official visits other than to Florida.