Florida has picked up two new defensive tackles in the 2017 class this spring, however, the Gators continue to try to reinforce the defensive line.
The coaching staff visited Tyrone Truesdell twice this spring, and the attention and the offer from UF meant a lot to the Augusta, Georgia native.
"It really means a lot because they could have chosen anybody, but they came and offered me," he said. "It feels good."
Since his offer, the Laney High School standout has established a close connection with Florida defensive line coach, Chris Rumph.
"He [Rumph] really likes my size, and how I really go out there and clog up the hole," he said. "My speed, size and strength. He really liked the whole package.
"It feels good it shows me that he envisions me playing for them," he adds. "He is going to make sure I am right to be a starter. I know they are making sure that would be well taken care of."
Truesdell has never been to Gainesville, Florida, however, he is hoping to change that soon.
"I know people that went there and graduated from there from my neighborhood. My coach is a big fan of Florida, so basically [I know many] people who have some insider info of how it is to be there.. but I want to see it," he said. "Spend some quality times with the coaches and maybe run into some players and see what they think of the program and see the facilities as well."
Truesdell had planned to visit Florida over the weekend, however, had to change his plans due to his SATs. However, he still hopes to not only visit UF, but a few other schools.
"I plan on going to Louisville, Kentucky, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Auburn, pretty much every school that has offered me," he said. "I am trying to at least going there."
Truesdell's list of suitors already include: auburn, Clemson, Florida, Louisville, Ole Miss, and South Carolina. However, a new SEC program could join the list, Alabama.
According to Truesdell, the Crimson Tide is close to offering. "They are mainly talking to me that they heard about me and they want to meet me in person," he said. "I'm actually going to a camp on June 18th."
How much would an offer from 'Bama mean to him?
"It would mean a lot just for the simple fact for their winning record, and they only recruit the best," he said. "It will make me stand out more."
While making these trips this summer, Truesdell is making sure these schools check off a few things.
"Really just academically strong, good football team, where I can see myself as a player there," he said. "Just a place to call home since I'm going to be there for four years; it's going to be like home."