A lot has changed for Latavious Brini. The corner from South Florida is now a four-star and a Scout 300 defensive back and has the offers to show for it. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fl), Mississippi, Notre Dame and USC are some of the schools that have offered the Mater Academy Charter High playmaker; and many of these schools took the time to check in on Brini this spring.
"Probably at least 20 [schools have come by], I can't even count," he said. "North Carolina, South Carolina, USC, Miami, Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, Purdue, Wake Forest, FIU, FAU, and schools like that. There are more but I can't name them all."
Although Brini's list of suitors is pretty impressive, there are some schools that have showed a little more interest recently.
"USC, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Illinois and FAU," are recruiting the hardest.
The Gators offered Brini in February after the Hialeah Gardens, Florida native visited Gainesville for junior day.
"Florida has just been saying that if I commit, I can come in and play automatically," he said
When UF offered Brini, Jim McElwain was still looking for a defensive back coach. Fast forward a few weeks later, and Torrian Gray took over the position. Since Gray's arrival, Brini and the assistant have made a good connection.
"I love Gray. Gray is a great person.." he said. "He is honest and he is lively. He has a lot of energy."
Although Brini placed the Gators at the top after that trip earlier this year, things changed when more schools entered the fray including another in-state school, Miami.
"They told me if I can come in right now I would be working with the strength and conditioning coaches because they don't know which position I would play, maybe corner, but they don't really know."
The in-state schools are doing their best to keep Brini in-state, however, it is not stopping out of state schools from trying. USC is one school that has piqued Brini's interest.
The USC coaches said "I can come in and play and just to see Cali is a blessing," he said. "I am going to make that [a trip to USC] one of my official visits. West coast is always exciting, the sun is also shining and it reminds me of Miami."
At one point Brini wanted to make a quick decision and had planned to end his recruitment back in April. Now he is not rushing to any decision.
"Hopefully I can get a timeline soon," he said. "I am looking for a great atmosphere, great education wise and somewhere that feels like home."
Brini expects to trim his list some time in August, after he has had a chance to sit down and look at every school that has offered him. He plans to visit Notre Dame next in June.