With the exception of Monday, Florida coach Jim McElwain has enjoyed seeing his football team compete this spring.
Of course, he’s not the only one.
Recruits have flocked to UF this month for practices, and the Gators have almost tripled their number of verbal commitments.
Prior to spring football, McElwain and his coaches were mostly selling a vision for the future rather than a product on the field.
But over the last few weeks, visiting prospects have been able to see McElwain’s plan in motion as well as his staff and players at work.
“I think their opportunity to come see how we practice is awesome,” McElwain said. “It’s good any time they’ve got an opportunity to see us coach, see our guys compete. To every one of them, they love the way we’re going about our business and we’ve had some really good response.”
Florida linebacker commit Vosean Joseph, who visited on March 21, said the highlight of his trip was watching practice.
“It was very intense,” he said. “Nobody is left behind. They want to everybody to get equal reps and the same chance to start. The practices are uptempo, and you’ll be out of gas because it’s real fast. But I was ready to strap up. All coach had to do was give me some shoulder pads and a helmet. I would have loved to be out there.”
The Gators could have probably used Joseph, as they only have four healthy scholarship linebackers this spring. UF is also in need of depth and/or talent upgrades at other positions, and McElwain said recruits recognize that when they come to practice.
“Their opportunity to come see where the numbers are on the different lines and kind of see where maybe they might not have to stand in line as long,” McElwain said. “They might be in the fast-pass line going right on the ride.”