Brandon Pertile confirmed that Florida head coach Jim McElwain said that offensive line coach Mike Summers is staying in Gainesville and on his staff. That was important to him along with a few other things he is looking for when he visits the university of Florida campus.
“I like the school,” Pertile said via plane on his flight for his official visit. “It's 2-3 hours from home and that's always a plus. I think Coach Summers is one of the best in the business and I think I could learn a lot from him.
“Coach McElwain is a really great guy based on my first impression and guys on the team always rave how much they love (being a Gator). I'm great friends with Joey Ivie. And it's the SEC, everyone dreams of playing in that conference. I figured it would be something I can seriously compare Oklahoma State to.”
Pertile originally signed with Georgia State and just couldn’t handle what was going on with the fledgling program.
“I left Georgia State for bigger and better things,” the 6-foot-6, 305 pound left tackle said. “I also was very unhappy there, just didn't think it was a good fit for me.”
Unfortunately his only year at Mesa CC didn’t work out for him either.
“I tore my ACL and MCL the first game this season so I missed it all,” he said. “Rehab is coming along great and I will be able to play spring ball wherever I am. I redshirted this season so I will be a RS sophomore next season.”
Before the injuries he was feeling pretty good and doing well. He was a starter in his first year at Georgia State which has propelled him into the position he is now to get offers from p[laces like Oklahoma State and Florida.
“I feel that my strengths were my footwork and my quickness off the ball as well,” he said. “I think I am a strong run blocker, I love to finish my blocks. And pass blocking; I think I am very good with footwork and keeping guys off my QB of course. As for weaknesses, I can admit I wish I was stronger. I always felt like my technique made up for that on the field.”
Signing day is Wednesday and he will enroll at his new college in January ready to go and compete in the spring. He feels most comfortable at left tackle and that is what the gators have told him. Pertile’s
father will join him on the official visit Friday and his mother will make it in from nearby on Sunday. So what does he want Florida to show him?
“Honestly, something to make me flip my commitment if that's the case,” he said. “I want to see the place, all of the pros and cons. I want to compare it to Oklahoma State and then I suppose we will see what happens afterwards.”