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Jaleel Laguins describes his return trip to Gainesville as "different." The four-star linebacker discusses his official visit to Florida with Scout's FightinGators.com

"It was fun," said Jaleel Laguins after his official visit to Florida on Sunday. "It's a different experience than I expected."

This was not the four-star linebacker's first trip down to Gainesville, but it was one that enlightened the Georgia native. 

"The indoor facility [stood out]," he said. "I went there in the summer, when it was in the process of being built, so that was something I was looking forward to seeing on my return trip."

According to Laguins, it wasn't just the upgrade to the facilities, but the atmosphere itself was different on this visit; this staff made it different. 

"Being down here in the summer, I already had an opinion in my head. But coming on a non game day and the students are on campus, you get a better picture...You get to see how the environment is with the coaching staff. I like the culture they've created." 

Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins has been the lead man in the Oconee County High playmaker's recruitment, and this weekend Collins and the staff made sure to let Laguins know how much he could add to the team. 

"They need linebackers. They made that clear," he said. "It was a very good impression. It's always great to talk to these coaches face-to-face rather than over a phone. At the end of the day they want to win championships, no matter what school you go to."

Laguins was hosted by fellow Georgia native Jarrad Davis

"He told me it's different in Florida," said Laguins. "But he also told me to enjoy the process because once you get on campus to any school, it's going to be a constant grind."

He is definitely taking Davis' advice. Laguins is set to take two more official visits before making his decision: Alabama (Jan. 22) and Georgia (Jan. 29) 

"I feel like I need to take my other visits and then compare everyone and everything as a whole," he said. 

Despite the coaching changes at Georgia, Laguins remains committed to the program, but does not want to close any doors. 

"We are starting to build a relationship. Some of them are moving into the state officially, so relationships are still being built." 

So until he is able to pick up a better feel for the new staff in Athens, his decision will have to wait. 

"I want to enjoy myself wherever I go," he said. "I just want to be happy at the end of the day. Let my head down on the pillow at the end of the day and just be happy. Not have any worries or any doubts."


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