In August, Hunter Boyett made an unofficial visit to Florida to tour the campus.
But the trip wasn’t very informative.
“Nope,” Boyett said when asked if he learned anything new.
That might sound odd considering the 2014 quarterback hails from Westminster Christian School in Miami, Fla., but it turns out he knows Gainesville like the back of his hand.
“I’ve probably been there 20, 30 times maybe,” he said. “I’m very familiar with that town. I could have given myself the tour. No joke.”
Boyett has always been Gator fan and idolized former Florida QB Chris Leak growing up.
“That was my favorite quarterback,” said the 6-foot-1, 182-pound Boyett. “I always loved the way he threw the ball, perfect spiral every single time. That’s basically who I’ve modeled everything after. When I was little, I used to go into the yard and that’s who I wanted to be like.”
Boyett got to be just like Leak this past Sunday, throwing passes in his old stomping grounds during a one-day workout at the Will Muschamp Football Camp.
The experience was nothing like two months ago.
“It made a huge difference,” Boyett said of the camp. “It showed me their coaching styles and I really liked all of them. It was just a great opportunity to be on the field with the coaches because you could actually see how they would coach a regular practice.”
Boyett was able to speak with UF offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Charlie Weis, who told the young prospect the most important thing about becoming a quarterback is leadership.
He also spent some time with Muschamp, who made quite an impression during the workout.
“He loves the game,” Boyett said, “and it’s easy to be around people that love football as much as you do. He treats you like you’re his son and I like that feeling. He’s a very calm coach, but when he gets to practice he’s an up-tempo guy. That’s the type of coach I could easily play for.”
Boyett hasn’t received any offers yet, but he’s already making a name for himself on the camp circuit. And although he doesn’t feed into the hype, he’s enjoyed the recruiting ride thus far.
“I dont really care too much about (the attention), but it’s been fun going to camps and colleges and meeting all the coaches,” said Boyett, who also has interest in Miami, Tennessee and Mississippi State. “It’s a great experience.”