The very first prospect that committed to Jim McElwain as the head coach at Florida was Daniel Imatorbhebhe. One recruiting cycle later and the Gators are now after younger brother Josh Imatorbhebhe and because of the connection, Florida may have a leg up on everyone else.
“More so at Florida than anywhere else, because my brother is here,” Josh said about his comfort level at Florida shortly after the spring game Saturday. “I have a level of comfortability I have for this place. I’m not a stranger and this is probably the fifth or sixth time I’ve been on the campus.”
Brother Daniel has played a big part in showing Josh the ropes in the recruiting process. McElwain was barely the head coach when Daniel put his faith in the new Gators’ leader.
“He gives me a lot of advice since he is someone that is already here,” Josh said of his brother and him telling him about Florida and other p[laces. “He tells me that when you come to a place someone shouldn’t have to convince you. It is a place you should innately want to go to. Someone shouldn’t have to persuade you in to thinking this is the best place for you. It should be something you feel, not something you should have to debate on.
He’s taking in the advice of Daniel, but Josh isn’t necessarily going to end up at Florida because his older brother is here.
“It helps a lot,” he said of his brother’s guidance. “At the end of the day I am not going to make my decision based on another person even though he is my brother. We both have different roles and paths. If it happens, then great, if it doesn’t…”
With the plan to graduate early like his brother and enroll in school in january somewhere, Josh wants to get the decision out of the way before the season.
“I will visit California and a Pac-12 trip,” he said about his summer plans. “That is probably the last trip I am going to make. I’m going to use this spring time to narrow it down and go through it with my mom. I will try and make the decision before fall. Maybe at The Opening if that is an option.”