‘Big Killer' is also a Singer

He went silent during the recruiting process because it just got so hectic. Jay-nard Bostwick finally talks about becoming a Gator and what he plans to do in his first year on campus at Florida. The monster defensive tackle was a huge get on signing day for the Gators and a self-described Warren Sapp chose Florida over Miami.

After staying away from phone calls and eventually breaking his phone, Jay-nard Bostwick says things are starting to quiet down a little bit and making his decision to be a Gator public was a load off of his mind.

"It's fine, everything has finally calmed down a lot," Bostwick said last week in regards to finishing up National Signing Day. "It is a big relief off of my shoulders."

Schools like Alabama got in the mix with Bostwick heading down the stretch, but it turned into a two horse race with Miami. In the end, he just liked the feel of things in Gainesville.

"I just was trying to make sure I made the right choice and talked to my parents," he said about the last week or so. "I knew two days before signing day.

"I just had a real good connection with the coaches right off the bat. The facilities were top notch. It was far enough from home to feel comfortable and to get away, but not really get away."

For his size, 6-5, 291, Bostwick is athletic in the pure sense of the word. He played both ways at Port St Lucie West Centennial including offensive tackle and a couple of catches as a tight end for 16 net yards. This versatility made him a wanted man on the recruiting trail and the Gator staff liked him on and off the field.

"They said I have a lot of potential, good character, and am very coachable," Bostwick said of the Florida staff. "They also like my natural strength and that I am very versatile. I can play anywhere on the line, but they want me at the three-technique and sometime at defensive end."

He isn't your normal monster defensive tackle, short on words and real thought. Actually, he has quite the persona away from the field. His family calls him ‘Big Killer' no doubt because of his size and play on the field, but off the field he is someone else.

"I am very unpredictable," he said. "I might be very excited or sometimes I might just be chilling and laid back.

"I sing. I like real R &B. I like old school and am a very versatile person. I am pretty decent at singing. I already auditioned for the talent show this year and made it. I am singing ‘Boys 2 Men'. I like groups like that and ‘New Edition'.

He also has a different kind of routine before games, not what you would expect from a guy that wants to take ball carriers' heads off.

"I listen to slow songs before every game," he said. "I don't like to be too hype when I get on the field. I feed off the energy on the field and not before. I play calm and don't talk a lot, so to get calm I listen to slow music before."

Bostwick definitely has a plan when he shows up and the staff assured him he will be playing right away. He also knows he will be getting the departing Omar Hunter's number 99 jersey when he arrives.

"I am not getting red-shirted," he said. "I will definitely play in my first year. But, I know I have to work for a starting spot due to all the people being there ahead of me.

"I am just going to go in there and make a big impact right away. I am high motor and always trying to make plays and make a lot of big hits."

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