Westry is not your ordinary Gator offer

Sometimes there is a surprise in the recruiting process in terms of a scholarship offers out of the blue. In this day and age of easy access prospect videos and communication with coaches and the like, it's unusual for a superior athlete to slip through the cracks. But this is what we may very well have in Orange Park (Fla.) Oakleaf defensive back Chris Westry, who the Gators offered last month.

The pretty unassuming Chris Westry is exactly as explained above… a superior athlete. He arrived at Florida's camp two weeks ago and pretty much put on a show when they went through the combine portion of the camp. It was a surprise to Westry that the Florida staff thought so much of his measurables.

"I didn't go in thinking I would get an offer, I just went in with the mentality that I would do my best and bring everything to the table," Westry said by phone on Monday. "We first walked in and did all the basic tests. They got me at 6-foot-4.5 and 183 pounds. I broad jumped 10-foot-5, then I vertically jumped 37 inches. I clocked the 40 in 4.41… twice."

Westry actually got work on both sides of the ball at the Florida camp. He enjoyed working with receiver coach Chris Leak and defensive back coach Travaris Robinson (T-Rob).

We carried on to some individual drills," Westry said. "There weren't a lot of receivers so I did work on both sides of the ball. I really enjoyed working both sides of the ball. It was a lot of fun. Coach Leak is a guy that won't yell at you. He is going to let the next man come up, whoever is willing to take on the task at hand, that is who he is going to let take it."

Westry really liked some of the things he learned from Robinson who helped him with his craft on the defensive side of the ball.

"They were really good and they enlightened me a lot with some things at the corner position," Westry said of the drills. "Coach T-Rob told me some great pointers to help me open my hips quite a bit.

"T-Rob is a great coach. He isn't afraid to tell you what he thinks. I would rather someone let me know than not at all. Sat the same time he is teaching all the time."

Westry's film is limited and because of that so are his offers at the moment. He says he also has offers from Ohio University, Florida International, USF, and University of North Carolina Charlotte.

He says the schools that offer him just like the way he can move for a player his size.

"I believe it is the way I can move," he said. "Me being a big guy, I can move with the smaller and usually more agile guys."

He has already camped at USF, FIU and Florida meaning he has offers from every school he has camped with. Westry also plans on performing at Friday Night Lights and the specialty USF camp as well later this month. He also will camp at Georgia Southern.

He is not a prospect that wants to take his recruitment deep into the season or later.

"My plan is to commit sooner than later," Westry said. "I want to be with my teammates when I make a decision, but I would rather go into the season committed, than not committed."

He also has some idea of what he is looking for in a program.

"I will make a decision based on many reasons," Westry said. "I will look at the existing roster, the coaching staff, what defense they run, and more. There are a lot of things that will play into it. I would like to go to a place with some good leadership from older guys so I can learn from some of those guys."

Westry is as intriguing a prospect as we have seen in a while and one we will continue to follow at Scout.

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