Big 2018 center takes in Gators scrimmage

With numbers that always seem to fall short of expectations along the offensive line at Florida, you can’t start recruiting the good ones early enough. With that in mind, Florida had a big one from the class of 2018 visit Friday for their big Orange and Blue Debut scrimmage and he is quite familiar with Gators players and commitments.

Sebastian Sainterling is a massive sophomore center at Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.  The understated Sainterling visited Friday and watched his cousin, Joshua Hammond do well in The Swamp in front of an estimated 46,000+ in attendance. He’s grown up knowing the Gators since Hammond’s older brother Frankie also starred in Gainesville.

He liked what he saw from Florida both as a prospect and as a fan.

“Today was a really good experience to see what Florida has going on for this upcoming season,” he said shortly after the scrimmage while waiting outside. “I feel like they are going to be a big impact in the SEC this year.”

Sainterling will be a junior when the 2016 season starts and just happens to be the guy hiking the football to current Gator quarterback commitment Jake Allen. He says the two have a relationship that just keeps growing.

“It’s good,” he said. “I get to know him more each and every day working out with him on and off the field.”

With his monstrous frame it is easy to see why schools like  Cincinnati and Mississippi State have already offered him. Knowing that he will get quality coaching at Aquinas doesn’t hurt either. But, it is what he does during the play on the field that has everyone’s attention.

“I’m aggressive off the ball,” he said. “Once I get my hands inside your shoulder pads, it’s over.”

Still early in his recruitment, Sainterling will no doubt hit the trail this summer. He says he will likely camp at Florida in June.  As of now, he has no visits set up to anywhere else.

With his connections to Florida and the annual need for quality offensive linemen, look for the Gators to stay in touch with Sainterling as he continues to grow as a player. 

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