Kopp building relationship with Gators

Some recruitments are just different. That is the case for Houston (Tex.) Christian 2016 offensive tackle Braden Kopp. Kopp committed to Vanderbilt late last month and oddly enough was in attendance in the Swamp on Saturday when Florida took on the Commodores. He is now looking more into the Gators.

Braden Kopp saw that the offensive line struggled, but was still impressed with the group.

“It was great,” Kopp said about his trip to Gainesville. “The Swamp is an incredible place. Even though the offense didn't play great I could tell the upside for a lot of points was there. A win is a win though and Florida's line even with injuries looked long and athletic. I was impressed it is only gonna get better.”

Florida hasn’t offered a scholarship yet, but offensive line coach Mike Summers and assistant Randy Shannon (recruiting area coach) have let him know what they like about him.

“My upside and quick feet,” Kopp said. “I'm mean and tough finishing blocks and seeing as this is my only year playing offensive tackle I can improve a ton more.”

More on that strange recruitment… Kopp didn’t play football as a sophomore or a junior. He spent his time trying to hone his skills as a basketball player, but finally came to the realization that he was going to be a football player. Vanderbilt has only recruited him for five weeks and he committed in week three.

He is starting to meet new coaches that are getting to know him and find out more. Florida is one of those schools.

“I just want to build the relationship (with the Gators) because the recruitment is very recent.

With offers from Tulane, Army, Rice, Louisiana Lafayette, Harvard and a couple other Ivy League schools, he is just continuing the recruiting process which is pretty new for him. He has no more visits set up at this time, but says a few more schools will be stopping by to see him soon.

The Houston big man did get the Florida trip in and says that there was one thing that really stood out to him on the visit.

“The way coach Mac treats his team is awesome,” he said.

We will continue to stay in contact with Kopp and update his recruitment at Scout. 

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