Brad Stewart's first trip to Gainesville was a success.
"It went fine. I was out there for two days. I got to be with the coaches for two days and spend a little time with them," said the Scout 300 defensive back. "The first day I was just having some fun: going bowling, since they have bowling on campus, I met some of the players and watched them practice. Then on the second day, I got to see the academic center and met with the head coach [Jim McElwain], because he wasn't there the first day."
"They were showing me the board and the players that they will be missing, going into the draft next year or possibly could be leaving for the draft," explained Stewart. "They were just saying this is the best opportunity for me to come in and play as a freshman, and you will be playing against the best competition."
This was also a chance for the McDonogh 35 Senior to have some face-to-face time with Gray.
"Coach Gray is just an outgoing person. He knows football. He has been in my shoes before, and he is a good person."
So where does this visit place the Gators?
"I stack it as one of my tops," he said. "Their play speaks for itself. The swagger they play with and the swagger the coaches walk around campus, you can see why the players play like they play because all the coaches act like a player."
Before his trip to Gainesville, Stewart was down in South Florida to see Miami.
"The campus is one of the top schools," he said. "Miami is one of the top private schools in the nation..They exceeded expectations."
Stewart was very impressed by the new coaching staff in Coral Gables.
"I think they are going to change the programs around. [Canes head] Coach [Mark] Richt is a good coach... and you can tell that people just love the coach that he is."
Stewart will visit Florida State on Friday and Auburn on Saturday.
According to the 2017 four-star, "Florida, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and Mississippi State" are recruiting him the hardest.