Florida just added Salt to its line of scrimmage.
The Gators received a verbal commitment Sunday from four-star JUCO defensive tackle Visesio “Junior” Salt before he left from his official visit to Gainesville. Rivals.com ranks Salt as the No. 9 overall JUCO prospect in the nation and the second-best at his position.
Salt, who plays at Mt. San Antonio C.C. in Walnut, Calif., was blown away by the atmosphere at UF.
“It just felt right,” Salt said. “It felt like home and I was very comfortable. Being a Gator is what I’m supposed to be. I’ve been to other schools and they were nice, but once I came to Florida I knew that this was the right place for me.”
With months still left in his recruiting process, Salt hadn’t planned on making a commitment anytime soon. But after watching a UF practice, he realized how much he is needed and decided to pull the trigger.
“Playing time is huge for me,” he said. “I wanted to go to a school where I can earn a starting position, and when I went to practice I saw the opportunity I have to come in and compete right away. So that was a major part in my decision.”
Salt’s hometown is Sandy, Utah and he graduated from high school in 2006 as a verbal to UNLV. He delayed his college football career to go on a Mormon mission, but later changed his mind. He then tried to attend Utah but couldn’t qualify academically, so Salt took his massive frame to the west coast and was a JUCO All-American last year as an offensive lineman.
The 6-foot-3, 340-pounder will arrive on campus in May and he said the coaches will try him out on both sides of the ball.
“We’re still not sure what position I will play,” said Salt, who prefers to be on defense. “It’s gonna come down to which side they need me most on and how the depth chart looks. Muschamp wants guys who are tough and mature on the line of scrimmage and that’s what I am.”