Kendrick Norton has been a regular in Gainesville since his decommitment from Florida State in early June.
The four-star defensive tackle was back in town Saturday to watch the Gators take on LSU.
“It was a good experience, but it sucks that they lost,” Norton said. “But overall everything was good.
“It was a great atmosphere and it was really loud. It was really a great game.”
Norton said he spoke to UF’s staff briefly after the game. The coaches, like him, were upset about the result.
“They are pretty disappointed that they lost,” he said. “They told me how they were going to get better from it.”
Norton is hoping the Gators improve because he doesn’t want to see the coaches let go.
“I need to see the staff come back,” he said. “I would look forward to playing for coach (Will) Muschamp and coach (Brad) Lawing and all of those guys. … A lot depends on if Florida can get to a bowl game to secure the staff.”
Norton plans to decide some time January or possibly on signing day. He will start scheduling his official visits soon, Florida and Miami are two schools he’ll see for sure.
“They are both recruiting me the hardest,” he said. “But Miami isn’t looking too good. If they can both win a bowl game it will be a strong top two for me.”