Cardiello Enjoys Energetic Junior Day

The Florida Gators had a successful Junior Day Saturday and that wasn't possible without bringing in a bevy of top prospects to try to lure into signing with the Gators in the future. One such prospect on hand was Buford, Georgia offensive lineman Josh Cardiello. With a critical need for linemen, Cardiello saw where he would fit in the plans at Florida and talked about the visit with

It was a rookie trip for Josh Cardiello to Gainesville to see The Swamp and hear from the Gators' coaching staff. He liked the experience.

"I had a really good trip," Cardiello said Monday following the Saturday visit. "It was my first time down there. The overall experience was great, hanging out with the coaches and stuff. I got to see what Florida was about.

"What stood out to me was the coaches and how they are very energetic. I got along with them really well. The facilities are also unbelievable."

Cardiello was one of the first to meet and greet with new offensive line coach Tim Davis. Davis came from Utah and has impressed the offensive linemen we have talked to from this junior Day experience.

"Coach Davis is pretty cool and very energetic," Cardiello said. "We got to meet with him and see how he runs practice. He gets after you, but he will also encourage you. He's pretty crazy, loud, energetic, and all over the place. I really liked meeting him for the first time."

Cardiello had a scholarship offer from Florida before he arrived. When it was time for him to meet with the head coach and discuss his future, Will Muschamp made him understand the ball is in his court now.

"We were in Coach Muschamp's office for like 15 minutes and we talked about where Florida is going for the next few years, why he likes me, and where he sees me at, he said. "They just told me that their evaluation of me was over and it is my turn to find out about them.

"It was good to talk to him and see what he had to say about Florida. It let me know what type of man he is and definitely sounded like a man I would like to play for. He reminds me of my coach right now and they are good friends."

Florida has designated Cardiello as their target at the center position.

"They want me to play center," he said. "Most schools are saying center or guard. I would probably rather play center."

He says that the Florida coaches along with others on the recruiting trail think he is a great fit to lead an offensive line.

"On the field I am a good leader," he said. "I come off the ball hard, play hard, and have good punch. I am also a good teammate."

He is in the middle of the process now and will make a tour of schools this winter and spring.

The next stop is to see the boys in Tallahassee.

"I am going to Florida State this weekend and a couple of more visits planned," he said. "I am going to look at all the schools and see what they have to offer. I don't have a timetable for a decision."

When it is time to make a decision, relationships and the surroundings will play the most significant roles.

"It is going to be about how I get along with the coaches," he said. "It will be about the atmosphere and the team. Location for my family as well is important. I just have to see myself going to that school for four years."

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