Gators Enter the Mix for Jordan Pouncey

The Gators have entered the mix for Jordan Pouncey. The three-star athlete has a family connection with Florida and competed in UF's satellite camp in Jacksonville. He discusses his relationship with the staff and more with

Jordan Pouncey is on fire. The three-star athlete from Winter Park, Fla. continues to see his list of suitors multiply. On Wednesday, Florida joined Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Georgia, Louisville, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCF, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia as the latest school to pull the trigger. 

"It's another offer that I've dreamed of. That's my home state team ," he said. "Also one I've been really waiting and working for."

The offer wasn't quite a surprise for the Florida native, however. Pouncey attended UF's satellite camp at Trinity Christian Academy, and during the camp, he was hearing plenty of positive feedback from both head coach Jim McElwain and defensive coordinator, Geoff Collins

"While I was doing some reps he [McElwain] was like, "man, we want you to come to the Swamp and do that." And Coach Collins, he was on me all through the camp, so I think thats a good sign."

When Pouncey received the offer from Florida, Collins had a simple and clear message. 

"I think all he had to say was "DBU", so that was pretty cool.  He wants me to come up and see him, and I'm trying to make that happen," he said. "Coach Collins just said that they had two first rounders and they said that LSU had, their first one [DB] was in the second round.  He said "Drop the Mic" on that one."

Pouncey really appreciated how the staff treated him during the camp, and how they helped him get better. 

"They give positive feedback.  Not to be arrogant, or anything, but I'm a Pouncey, so they are going to try to treat me like family," he said. "My cousins went there and now they're in the NFL, so they are going to treat me like how they'd treat my cousins, and I think that would be good."

Pouncey's cousin, twins, Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, both played at Florida from 2007-2010, and they are not shy about telling the younger Pouncey how they feel. 

"I've had a little bit from my cousins themselves, not too much, just a little bit," said the 2017 athlete. "I remember when I got offered by Tennessee, they were like, "Oh, I don't care, I want you to go to Florida."  That was pretty funny."

Pouncey is a versatile athlete that can be used on both sides of the ball. Most schools are recruiting Pouncey as a wide receiver, however, Florida sees him at another position. 

"Florida is one of the few schools that are recruiting at DB," he explained.  "I like to play both; I like to make plays; I like to be on the field, and I like the limelight. I guess you could say, whatever it takes."

The position, however, is not the biggest factor for the 6-foot-3, 186-pound Pouncey. 

"I just want to make plays, have my name on the back of some jersey and rep the one on the front."

The Winter Park playmaker is set to visit several schools this month. 

"As soon as I get done with this I'm headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana," he said. "I've never been to Louisiana before. I'm going to visit LSU and see what they had to say."

Pouncey is also set to visit South Carolina, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, Clemson, Georgia and Notre Dame this month.

"Right now, Notre Dame and Tennessee, those are the schools that are recruiting me the hardest right now. And UCF, UCF is on me every day, that's my hometown team," he said. "Notre Dame, when you think of collegiate football you thing about Notre Dame.  There's so much tradition at that school.  The same with Tennessee, you can't really miss that checkerboard in the endzone.  Tennessee and Notre Dame have a lot of tradition, and that's another thing that I like about schools, is tradition."

He also has a few other things he wants to see from a program.

"I just want to see how the coaches and the people on campus treat me," explained Pouncey. "Like, I've been on a few visits where I didn't feel really welcomed at all, and I've been on a few trips were I've felt completely welcomed.  Relationships with the coaches, I don't want to go to a school and have an awkward relationship with a coach because I'm not going to want to be there. So I want to see how I bond with the coaches and the people there."

With his recruitment exploding the last month, don't expect Pouncey to make a quick decision. 

"I still have a lot of thinking to do."


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