Hamsah Nasirildeen is a top athlete. The four-star prospect out of Concord, North Carolina, is a top safety that could see time at the linebacker position at the next level due to his size and length. His potential and athleticism has sparked the interest of college programs across the country, including Florida. On Friday, Nasirildeen took a trip to Gainesville to take a closer look at the Gators.
"It was real good," he said. "Just the school, I like how it feels - the environment, I like how the coaches talk to their players...the atmosphere."
Nasirildeen was also able to take in the atmosphere at The Swamp, where 46,000 fans attended the Orange and Blue game.
"It wasn't even close to full and it was still like a real cool experience."
In addition to the game, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound defensive back took a campus tour and spoke with several members of the Florida staff, including head coach Jim McElwain and defensive back coach Torrian Gray.
The coaches said "I have a chance to come in there and become a difference maker in the program," said Nasirildeen, "along with a getting a great education and setting up the rest of my life."
With Gray stepping into his role after National Signing Day in February, this trip was a chance for the Concord High playmaker to begin a connection with the UF assistant.
"I am really comfortable with him as a person and a coach and the attention to detail he puts into his coaching."
With his visit to Gainesville in the books, where does Florida stand with the top safety out of North Carolina?
"I like the school and it is definitely one of my top schools in my recruitment right now," he said. "I haven't made a top list yet, but I know they would be in it."
South Carolina, Clemson, Notre Dame, Florida State, Mississippi and Georgia are just some of the other suitors vying for the standout. The Scout 300 safety has a few factors he needs to see before he makes a final decision.
"All these schools are great football programs, but [I am looking for] where I am going to mature and somewhere I can play early on the field and come in and win games."
Nasrildeen finished his junior season with 80 tackles, two tackles for loss, four interceptions and five pass breakups. Offensively, he had 33 catches for 584 yards and two touchdowns and eight carries for 72 yards and two more scores.