Graduate transfer set to visit Gators this weekend

Rhode Island fifth year senior Tyler Catalina is eyeballing a transfer for his graduate study.  The offensive tackle has his sights set on a couple of visits to SEC schools including one to Florida this weekend.

The youth on the Florida offensive line is still prevalent, so it makes a lot of sense to take a junior college or a graduate transfer player that can help. The Gators see that opportunity in the form of Rhode Island standout OT Tyler Catalina and his ability to transfer in his fifth year and play right away to finish his college career.

On Thursday, Catalina was visited by Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers and according to Catalina’s brother Tony, the visit went well.

“It went great,” brother Tony said. “I was there for it, and it was a lot of positive things. Talking about the future of the program and how Tyler fits in it.”

Tony said the Gators are recruiting Tyler for one of the tackle positions and says he plns on being with his brother on the visit that starts Friday.

Catalina will take this process beyond signing day and seems to be in no hurry. He plns on visiting Auburn a couple of weeks later and according to Tony, he is in the learning phase of it all. After the talk with Coach Summers, he doesn’t quite know where his brother stands in terms of liking Florida.

“As of right now I don't know what his thoughts are on (the Gators), he said. “He's going through the process and listening. I don't think he'll make a quick decision, unless he's blown away by what he sees he will go through the process.”

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