Tight end Daniel Imatorbhehe turned 18 on Tuesday and received a birthday visit from new Florida coach Jim McElwain.
The 6-foot-4, 227-pounder from Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett hosted McElwain at his house along with UF secondary coach Travaris Robinson.
“It went good,” Imatorbhehe said. “He came over with coach T-Rob and let me know more about himself. I know all about the University of Florida, so he wanted me to learn about him, his offensive scheme and what he plans to do with the program.
“He’s a great guy. I was impressed on a lot of different levels with him. He just seems real and down to earth. It was a nice birthday present getting to meet him.”
McElwain and Robinson also met with Daniel’s brother, 2016 wide receiver Josh Imatorbhehe, who already holds more than a dozen offers, including one from Florida.
McElwain told the pass-catching siblings they’re top priorities for him.
“He said he has to be focused on the short term,” the three-star tight end said. “Right now it’s about getting some new Gators for next season. After that, he’ll evaluate the talent that’s there and put together his playbook based on what kind of players he has. But he wants to get the University of Florida back to what it was doing in its heyday, which was dominating every aspect of the game.”
Offense is one aspect the Gators have severely struggled with, and McElwain discussed his plans to fix that side of the ball.
“The offense is predicated on adjusting every week to what the defense is doing and then attacking their weak spot,” Imatorbhebhe said. “It’s a pro-style offense that prepares you for the next level, but his scheme has a lot of spread elements to it as well. Everything is based on players’ strength and matchup problems for the defense.
“He talked about the role I’d be playing. I’m the guy that motions across and gets mismatches in the passing game, just someone who makes the defense uncomfortable. It sounded good.”
Imatorbhebhe plans to enroll early next month, and Cal, Florida and Ohio State appear to be his favorites at this time. After Tuesday’s visit, he can see himself playing for McElwain.
“Yeah, I do,” Imatorbhehe said. “This visit definitely helped their chances. Any time the head coach comes to your house, the program is serious about you.
“Obviously he’s busy right now with his new job, putting together his staff and trying to get commitments, which I think he’ll do. It’s just going to take time. But I really appreciate him coming to see me.”
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