Gators check in on Hallback

There is no doubt that the Florida Gators are looking to sign two running backs in the 2015 class after failing to do so a year ago. One of the guys vying to be a premiere back in the state of Florida is Moore Haven's Markeis Hallback. The Gators were down to visit on Thursday and continue to like the lightning fast back that camped in Gainesville last June.

It has been a busy first half of the 2014 year for Markeis Hallback, from zero offers to ten since January. Hallback is starting to build a reputation as a quality back and person. Offers from SEC, ACC, Big-10 and more from the likes of Iowa, Northwestern, South Alabama, Georgia Southern, Florida International, NC State, Virginia, UAB, Duke, and Vanderbilt have coaches in and out of Moore Haven located in the southwest corner of Florida.


Other big time programs are looking hard like Illinois, Florida and Ohio State who called Hallback's coach over the weekend to talk about Hallback.

The Gators were in last week and continue to keep tabs on Hallback knowing what kind of quality player he is. Running Back Coach Brian White went outside of his recruiting territory to check on Hallback.

"Coach White came by on Thursday," Hallback said via phone late Monday. "I talked to him on the phone afterward. He told me I was having a good spring, and that I need to just stay in the weight room. They want me to get back up there. Coach White likes that I am very explosive and that I can read the field well."

Interestingly enough there are two Coach Whites that are recruiting Hallback and they happen to be brothers. Chris White coaches running backs at Iowa and has already offered the speedy back a full scholarship. Hallback likes both of them.

"I talk to Coach White and his brother from Iowa," Hallback said. "They are both crazy. I just know Coach White from Florida started snapping as soon as we got to the football camp last year… just trying to get us to go."

With a 3.7 weighted G.P.A., Florida is keen on him and the likes of Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Duke and more now have a big time option at their hands. But, Hallback is in no rush and wants to make sure he looks at every opportunity.

"I am just going to wait and take my official visits so I can see what school is best for me," he said. "In the end, it will be about the place that fits me the most and where I know I will have a backup plan if football doesn't work out. I also want to go to a place with playing time."

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