Add another target to Florida’s board at the Buck position.
Clearwater Central Catholic defensive end Justus Reed camped at UF on Thursday and earned an offered from the coaches afterward.
For someone who grew up rooting for the Gat0rs, it was a special moment for him.
“It’s been my school since I was in like sixth grade,” he said. “I was real excited, really happy and it’s definitely one of my top schools.
“They appreciated that I came down and worked out because a lot of kids, they don’t want to come and compete. They just want to get an offer. Being that I came, and I worked hard, they offered me a scholarship.”
Prior to receiving the good news in the football offices, Reed enjoyed his interactions with UF coach Will Muschamp and defensive line coach Brad Lawing during camp.
“I got a lot of attention from the coaches, and they coached me up pretty good,” he said. “I talked to Coach Muschamp and all the coaches, and it was a good experience. I really liked it. Coach Lawing knows what he’s talking about. He’s a really good dude. I really liked him.”
The 6-foot-3, 216-pounder hopes to return to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights and a game in 2013.
“I definitely want to come back,” he said. “The program speaks for itself. I’m pretty happy with what I saw and what I see all the time when I come up here. I like it a lot.”
With the fan factor and his familiarity with the Gators, is Florida in front?
“I’m leaning towards it kind of,” responded Reed, who named Florida State, Ohio State, North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky as other schools of interest.
He’ll be visiting some of them in the coming weeks as well as Miami and Virginia.
“There’s not really a day or a time that I’m going to make my decision,” he said, “but whenever the time is right, basically.”