Zach Carter never seems to be disappointed after a visit to Gainesville.
"I really enjoyed the trip," said the four-star defensive end. "Every time I come to UF it's a good time, and it always feels like home. I have a really good bond with [defensive line] coach [Chris] Rumph. I met him last summer and our relationship has grown a lot. I really love what the coaching staff is doing and where the program is headed"
His connection with Rumph goes far beyond what the Florida assistant has shown him on the football field.
"I love him as a person. I like his coaching style and his background."
On Saturday, during Carter's visit to the Swamp, Rumph and the staff made sure to let the Scout 300 defensive end how much they wanted the Hillsborough Senior High standout to join them in Gainesville.
"It makes me feel like a priority at Florida," he said after the trip.
It is no secret that the Gators want to break through in the Tampa area, and have told Carter he could get "the ball rolling" in the area. At one point the Gators were Carter's leader, but thats before his stock rose tremendously.
"I'm trying to get around and see what everyone has to offer. I don't want to say I have a leader right now, but I like the Gators right now.
"I love what coach Mac [Jim McElwain] is doing for the players," added Carter. "Other than football I really like the academic side of Florida. I'm 100 percent sure if I came here I would leave with a degree."
Carter is also aware of Florida's success at putting defensive lineman in the NFL.
"It appeals to me, and I look into stuff like that and see how they develop players."
Carter's offer list is pretty hefty, but there are a few schools that have been recruiting him the hardest at the moment, "Florida, Auburn, Clemson, Tennessee and Notre Dame."
With such a long list of suitors, no one is going to rush this Tampa native to make his decision.
it's going to be a tough decision but I probably say [I will make it] sometime after my senior season," he said. "I want to wait. I want to try to take a couple of officials."
Before he starts to think about officials, he hopes to narrow down his list by taking a few more unofficial trips this spring and summer.
"I'm thinking about going to Tennessee for junior day, I think thats March 5th."
When he eventually makes his decision, there are a few factors he will keep in mind.
"I try to not base my decision on the coaches because these days a lot of coaches are here and there and leaving programs and such, but I still want to have a good relationship with my position coach, and I want to make sure I am getting a good education. [Want to make sure] I am taken care of in a family environment."null