Heeeeeere comes the future — of the Gator Prospectus!
I replace veteran Jeff Barlis, who didn’t miss a beat after Edward Aschoff’s departure in April and accomplished amazing things in his seven years with The Sun.
Without the two of them, I would not be writing here today.
Back in May of 2010, after two months of covering UF spring football and recruiting for Rivals.com, a position opened up at the newspaper and Jeff brought me in for an interview. I was given the Gators Gone Pro gig (among other assignments) and he promptly took me under his journalistic wing.
In my first year here at GatorSports.com, I transformed from a college freshman to a soaked sponge. Jeff drenched me with a sea of knowledge every time we spoke or sat down with each other, giving me a valuable foundation that I will build my career upon.
But I wouldn’t even be in this career field if it weren’t for Edward Aschoff.
I’ve followed recruiting since I started high school in 2005, but it was Edward’s work on this blog that made me want to be a sports writer. He influenced my decision to major in journalism, and having the opportunity to see him operate firsthand did wonders for me last year.
In all honesty, this was always my dream blog. Now, after all the guidance and direction I’ve received from Jeff and Edward, I’m ready to make it mine.
I’ve written more than 20 stories on this blog, covered Friday Night Lights twice and updated our website. But most importantly, I know recruiting. And I love it just as much as you all do.
I understand the importance of it, especially for Florida right now, and I’m committed to covering these prospects diligently. Blowing up their phone, bugging their coaches, stalking their social networks. I’ll do whatever it takes to bring you information fast and first.
But I can’t do this by myself. I welcome your participation, questions, compliments and criticism. Comment on the blog, follow me on twitter, request me on Facebook, send your emails to ZachAbolverdi@gmail.com … and lets revive our recruiting forum on the message board. I will read everything and reply when I can.
I’m a single father to my two-year old son, Zachary Jr., and I attend the University of Florida as a full-time student, so my plate can get loaded at times. That’s why I need as much feedback as possible to make the Gator Prospectus what you all want it be.
I’m here to serve YOU!