Chad Simmons

Defensive tackle Tyrone Truesdell has Florida high on his list after visits, but plans to take OVs to a few schools.

Tyrone Truesdell made his second trip to Gainesville in a month on Saturday. The defensive tackle explains why the Gators are high on his list and whats next for him.

Tyrone Truesdell made his second visit to Florida  in a month on Saturday, when the three-star defensive tackle watched the Gators in their SEC opener against Kentucky. 

"It's always a good day at the Swamp," he said. "Even the last time I came it was a good time, and this time you actually have people there. It felt like home." 

The Florida defense dominated the Wildcats from start to finish only allowing 149 yards of total offense 

"It shows proof that [UF defensive line] coach [Chris] Rumph knows what he is talking about," said the Georgia native about the performance. "I would be lucky to get any time of advice from him."

According to Truesdell, he maintains a solid relationship with the Gators assistant. 

"I talk to him pretty much everyday, and we just be talking about how the season going for me," said Truesdell.  "He might see something on film when he watches, and he goes ahead and critiques."

Florida did not bring in any defensive tackles in the 2016 class, and are focused to bring in a few in 2017. During the game on Saturday, Truesdell took notice of the need in the trenches, and with over a dozen freshmen featuring in the matchup this weekend, he noticed Jim Mcelwain isn't shy to fill those needs with underclassmen. 

"It actually shows you that they are going to get you ready because they need somebody in that position, so they are going to get you ready."

After this visit, the Laney High School standout continues to rank Florida high on his list.

"The only thing is they got me, but now they need to get my parents," said Truesdell, whose parents were not on either trip to Gainesville. "As long as Florida has my best interest, Florida is up there. After a day like this right here.. they kind of on top. Colleges really need to step up. The last two visits has been memorable experiences."

According to Truesdell, his mother will likely visit Florida on an official visit. But the Gators are not the only school vying for his attention.

" Louisville, I think they want it to be in January for a basketball game," he said. "Ole Miss, I talked to them about it." 

The Cardinals and the Rebels are two schools Truesdell hopes to visit either in December or January.  

"Louisville, the main reason is they were one of the first schools to offer me, so I took them into consideration," he said.  "What really helped me with them is their nose guard ended up going in the first round, and that means they know exactly what they are doing as far as how a player needs to be developed in the next level. The whole time they were talking about him it was stuff that you can't do with just skills it comes with coaching."

With Mississippi, "they beat Alabama and that was the first thing, and then I got to thinking and I got more into them when they started to show me more interest," said Truesdell. "I started to look at their d-lineman and how they are already set up. They were already able to coach a d-lineman like this, and thats how I want to be coached If you got a guy that you made look this good apparently you know what you are talking about."

As he prepares to decide on who will receive an official visit, the South's No. 10 defensive tackle will look to a few factors. 

"If I know that they have a desperate need at my position, and they also have my major I know I can see myself excelling there. Thats going to be the main thing, because I have a good vibe with most coaches I'm talking to right now." 

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