North Ft. Myers linebacker Mi'Cario Stanley paid a visit to Gainesville this weekend. The South Florida commitment is one of the state’s best linebacker prospects and the Gators would like to continue to recruit him. Stanley says that the visit to Florida was eye opening.
“Things went great today,” Stanley said late Saturday evening. “I loved everything about the school. I want that offer.”
No offer from the Gators yet, but the staff wants to keep looking at the 6-foot-2, 225 pound beast and get to see him in live action.
“They said they will come back and evaluate me more,” Stanley said. “They want to talk to my head coach. They said they really like me.”
So where exactly would he fit?
“Just linebacker, it doesn’t matter, I play any linebacker spot,” he said.
The staff at Florida agrees and he got to know defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and linebacker coach Randy Shannon a great deal on Saturday. The staff will be out to see him and he plans on watching what they have to offer as well.
“I talked to Coach Collins and Coach Shannon,” Stanley said. “They said they like my style of play and want to get back up there and catch a game. If I don’t come up for a spring practice I will be up for a game, but probably up for the spring.”
We keep hearing a lot of the same thing from the prospects and that is that the staff was a real seller to them on the junior day visit.
“The coaching staff was the biggest thing,” Stanley said. “Coaches play a big role and education. The coaches there were just wonderful, from the head coach, to the assistants, to the grad assistants, all of them… just great people. I liked the campus and new turf field being built. Florida is on the rise and I can see myself playing there.”
But, he is committed to South Florida and he does like the people in Tampa as well.
“South Florida coaches are really great,” he said. “They were my first offer and I always said that I would give my first offer a good look and I committed at the end of my sophomore year.”
Wherever he ends up, Stanley believes he will be a valuable asset.
“I am a game changer and a team leader,” he said. “I like to make big plays. I make everyone around me better. I just push them.”
He also knows what he is looking for in a program when he is ready to end the recruiting process.
“It is going to be about the education, playing time, and the coaching staff,” Stanley said. “If I am going to spend the next four years there, all of that is important.”