Florida Makes Strong First Impression

Tre Lamar has wanted to be inside The Swamp for quite some time and he recently saw what it was like. Florida made a strong first impression and the four-star linebacker talks about that here...

It was the first time Tre Lamar visited the University of Florida. It is a school and a stadium he has wanted to see for some time.

It met his expectations.

The Gators are in Lamar's top five and he high thoughts of UF.

"It was definitely a great first visit for me to Florida," said Lamar. "I knew Coach [Geoff] Collins (Defensive coordinator) from Mississippi State, so I have known him for a while, and that helped some visiting for the first time.

"Coach Collins is a great coach, he knows about defenses, and he has been recruiting me for a while. He was cool to be around and I really liked the energy down there. It is a place I have wanted to see, and it was great, so all was positive for me down there."

New Gator head coach Jim McElwain spoke with the four-star linebacker out of Roswell, Ga. during the visit too, and Lamar liked who he was speaking with.

"Coach McElwain is a real cool coach," said Lamar. "He is genuine and he told me how the Gator-family takes care of each other down there. That was his real message to me and he also told me how they need linebackers down there. He is a coach I liked talking to."

UF's depth at linebacker appeals to the 6-foot-3, 230 pounder, but there is more than that and the coaches that caught his attention on this visit.

"The Swamp has alwayes been a place I wanted to be in because it is such a hostile environment to play in, so I loved that. It was great to be inside The Swamp, the facilities were great, and the academics are awesome there too. There is a lot to like there."

Alabama, Auburn, and Clemson may have a slight edge on the Gators now, but there is a chance it gets on of Lamar's five official visits. He plans to have those lined up by September.

"I am just trying to narrow my list down by the end of the summer," said Lamar. "Florida is a school I am considering and I think I will know for sure what schools I will visit officially before my senior year."

Lamar is the No. 24 outside linebacker and the No. 282 overall prospect on Scout.

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