In the past two recruiting cycles, Florida looked to the JUCO ranks for linemen and found success at the same school in consecutive years.
UF is hoping to have similar results at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga.
Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and defensive line coach Brad Lawing were at the school Wednesday to evaluate defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert. He is former teammates with 2013 offensive tackle signee Trenton Brown, who enrolled at UF on May 13.
“Me and Trenton have a pretty good relationship,” Lambert said. “Going against him in practice last year taught me a lot. He helped me use my hands and get off blocks better, and now I know what to do in the pass rush.”
Nowadays, the two don’t discuss recruiting much when they talk on the phone.
“He’s already told me enough about Florida,” Lambert said. “He made it clear that the coaches don’t lie and I’m seeing it right now. They’re not promising me I can come in and start. They’re promising me an opportunity and that’s all I’m looking for.”
UF offered Lambert last month and, unlike some schools, have consistently communicated with him.
“College coaches look at a player’s film and say, ‘OK, I like him. I’m going to offer him.’ But then they never talk to them again. I’ve been getting that a lot.” Lambert said. “But with Florida, they call every week to talk and check up on me. It’s a good feeling to know they really want me.”
The Gators aren’t alone. Lambert has offers from several SEC schools and currently lists Florida, Georgia and Tennessee as his Top 3 with no leader. The 6-foot-3, 278-pounder plans to see all three favorites next month, including an official visit to UF on June 15.
It will be Lambert’s first trip to Gainesville.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing how the players and coaches act. The love they show me and family is a big deal to me. I also want to see to the education and if I have a chance to come in and play,” said Lambert, who would like to reach a decision before his seasons starts.