Big offer for Sweet

Two days after leaving Junior Day at the University of Florida, Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast lineman William Sweet received an offer from the Gators. The two-way lineman is a big part of the success of the powerhouse Buccaneer program and has been steadily collecting college scholarship offers. Florida is a big one.

William Sweet is important to his team and First Coast head coach Marty Lee is the first to let you know. He's so athletic there is some question as to where he might play in college.

"He has the potential to play defensive end," Coach Lee said. "He's 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds. He's a basketball player, throws the shot-put, he's very athletic. He is one of the nicest young men you will ever meet. He has a 3.2 GPA. He's an outstanding young man.

"Florida says they like him on offense, but he would have the opportunity on defense."

After not getting the offer over the weekend, Sweet stayed positive and figured it would come.

"I knew if I put it in God's hands he would take care of it," he said. "I was in the weight room and my coach put Coach Muschamp on the phone and me and Tristan sat on the bench. I felt it was coming, but stayed humble and it came."

The Gator offer is certainly one of the biggest for Sweet.

"It is exciting, that is my second SEC offer," he said. "I am just blessed to get the opportunity for a scholarship. It was a blessing."

Lee let on a little more about what Sweet thinks.

"He is thrilled because he knows it is the University of Florida," Coach lee said. "Florida had a bad year, but everybody has a bad year. At Florida you will have a chance to play in the SEC and play for Championships."

The Gators still have to press hard. North Carolina is high on the young man and has been there every step of the way in the process. That has left a lasting impression about the Tarheels.

"North Carolina jumped on him early and has stayed on him," Coach lee said. "He really likes (head coach) Coach Fedora and (assistant) Coach Disch. He is excited about the Florida offer, but he and I talked to him and told him he doesn't have to make a decision right now."

"North Carolina is one of my top schools," Sweet said. "They were with me early on in the process. I am just enjoying the process right now."

Sweet had a teammate commit on the same day he was offered. Receiver Tristan Payton got his offer on Saturday and pulled the trigger on Monday. Sweet says Payton is going to be on him.

"He's trying to convince me," Sweet said with a laugh. "But, it will all take some time."


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