Rimmer Enjoys Visit; Will Decide Soon

The University of Florida hosted one of the hottest rising prospects in the 2013 recruiting class on Wednesday August 1, and that visit may have very well moved up a decision time for Schuyler Rimmer. The 6-8, 225 pound Rimmer is a huge force in the paint and his defensive mentality has college coaches ringing his phone off the hook.

Schuyler Rimmer was on campus in Gainesville on Wednesday and while there he got some reassurances from Billy Donovan and the coaching staff that he would be a great fit in Gainesville after Florida took 5-star forward Chris Walker last month.

"It went really well," Rimmer said of the visit. "After Chris Walker committed I wasn't sure where I would fit in or stood with the team. I went in and they addressed every concern that I had. They showed me how far in the future that things will clear up. There is almost like the same opportunity (to play early) at Florida even after Walker committed."

Rimmer said he would relish the chance to play along side Walker and fellow 2013 prospect Kasey Hill, another 5-star prospect.

"I think it would be great," he said. "I have been playing against Kasey Hill for a long time with us being from the same area. He is a great point guard and all bigs enjoy playing with a good point guard. I think we can work really well together.

Chris Walker, in Florida, has kind of jumped out on the scene a couple of years ago and has been dominating. I think the coaching staff sees us playing with each other instead of for each other. I think it could really work well with both if us on the court at the same time.

Rimmer talked a bit about what Florida liked in his game and why he was recently offered by the Gators.

"They really like my toughness and physicality," he said. "They like that I am versatile, but what they really like is that I don't back down from anyone. I bust my tail on both ends of the court and am alright not being the focal point of an offence."

He says the way he plays ball now is a product of what he was forced into growing up and having to play bigger guys all the time.

"I always played up in age group since I was in age group," he said. I think playing against older and bigger guys helps me play physically. When I was 14 years old I started playing in the 17 and under. I really had to adjust. I think finally getting to play in my age group it was obvious I was used to playing physically and coaches appreciate that. My AAU coach preaches defense before offense. I have been doing that for five years now."

The offer from Florida and the conversations he had on Wednesday have actually moved up the timeline a bit for the Orlando Boone product.

"I think it speeds things up a lot after I talked to Florida," he said. "I will probably decide sometime within the next week." He did tell FOXSportsNEXT what he thought about the other schools he is considering which are Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Stanford. "Vanderbilt started recruiting me after the April period," he said. "They are a great academic school, so they appreciate the hard work I put in in the classroom. The same goes for Stanford. They recruited me for almost a year now. One of my teammates from last year committed to Tennessee and they kind of started recruiting us at the same time. Coach Martin is a defensive minded guy and he really appreciates how I approach the defensive side of the game.

"All those teams appreciate my defense but like my offensive game as well."

Finally, he talks about what his final decision will be based on. "I want to fit into a school that I can develop a lot as a player," he said. "I am not a one and done. I just feel like I can develop into a good college player. If the opportunity presents itself to play after college, I want to be prepared for it. I also want to play for a program that has success. I also want a good education and a good degree, so when my basketball career ends I will still be successful."

All four programs certainly fit those criteria. Stay tuned for more soon on this talented prospect from the Gators back yard.

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