Florida could be the verge of turning into JUCOU.
This past weekend, UF brought in junior college defensive linemen DaVonte Lambert (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military College) and Abu Lamin (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott C.C.) on official visits.
UF took the lead for them during their trips.
“It’s Florida,” Lamin said. “Top-notch school and one of the best teams in the nation every year. There’s not one game they don’t play on T.V., and I love that.”
The highlight of Lamin’s stay in Gainesville was speaking with coach Will Muschamp.
“He just kept it 100 with me,” said the 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle. “He brought me in his office and we talked about my role in the defense. He told me they need me and I’m their type of guy. To hear that from the head man, it was amazing.”
As for Lambert, he enjoyed seeing Florida’s strengh and conditioning staff at work.
“That really stood out to me. They train their players like an NFL team. So knowing I would be ready for the next level if I come there, that impressed me,” said the 6-foot-3, 278-pound defensive end.
They two visitors were hosted by UF’s Damien Jacobs and Trenton Brown, who was Lambert’s teammate in 2012. The former JUCO players made an impression on the D-linemen and got them thinking about joining forces at Florida.
“They were telling us it’s the right move to make,” Lambert said. “They had to go to junior college, but so what. Now they’re at the University of Florida and they have an big opportunity. So it shows that it doesn’t matter if you go to Florida through the JUCO route. You still have a chance to ball out.
“Me and Abu talked about doing it together. Playing with him would be a blessing. I wouldn’t mind lining up next to him any day of the week. He’s a player.”
Although the Gators gained the edge for both prospects, they aren’t making their decisions just yet.
Lambert has trips planned to Tennessee and Auburn, while Lamin will visit South Carolina and possibly Georgia. But those schools seem to have their work cut out for them.
“They can try their best to see what they can do,” Lamin said, “but I just don’t see anybody living up to the expectations of Florida. My heart right now is with Florida.”
Lambert shared the same sentiment.
“Someone is going to have to turn their school upside down for me if they’re trying to take the lead,” he said. “Florida set the bar real high.”