West Orange 4-star recruit Jordan Castell picks Gators over Alabama and Tennessee
"I can stay at home," said Castell, whose three finalists were UF, Alabama and Tennessee. "Family can watch me. Why would I make someone else in the state better when I can do it here."
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Asked about the player Florida is getting, Castell responded: "They are getting a dog, straight. It's friends and all that, but I'm coming for somebody's spot, for real."
Castell said the relationships he built with defensive backs coach Corey Raymond also factored into his decision. Raymond joined Florida coach Billy Napier's staff in 2022 after nine years coaching LSU's defensive backs from 2012-21, where he developed future NFL standout defensive backs such as Eric Reid, Jamal Adams, Tre'Davious White and Tyran Mathieu.
"Check his resume and just look what that man did," Castell said. "I had went to work out for him. He just taught me so much through that period. He and I out there for three years. I'm going to be nasty."