The Florida running backs provided a good show on Saturday when the Gators beat Kentucky 45-7 in their SEC opener. The backs were able to rush for 244 yards and impressing Scout 100 prospect, Lorenzo Lingard.
"It was great," said the four-star running back. "The environment was very special to me and seeing how the Gators came out and approached the game, very physical and at a high rate, it was great to see. Also I like how the Gators, Coach Mac [Jim McElwain], called the running game. Those plays to me, I already run them at high school so it kind of seemed a fit for me."
"Today, the Gators made a impact on me," added Lingard.
Gators freshman quarterback, Lamical Perine, led the running backs with 106-yards rushing on 17 carries, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Perine's performance and the staff's confidence in the underclassmen was another encouraging site for Lingard.
"It's very encouraging to see that coach Mac has a heart to put guys out there that are freshmen," stated the Scout 100 running back.
Since picking up an offer from the Gators, the University High School playmaker has been in contact with his main Florida recruiter, running backs coach, Tim Skipper.
"[We talk about] How great it would be to be a gator and just how special it would be to fit in here and also have a great education to pursue my dreams and go into the NFL."
This recent visit to Gainesville has allowed Lingard to see Florida in a different light.
"From today it's kind of a check mark on my list," he explained. "This school showed me more today and I want to check them out more...Every time I get here I get more comfortable and get a sense of being here and a sense of the coaches."
The 2018 prospect is Scout's No. 35 overall prospect in his class and on September 1st was inundated with texts from coaches vying to land him.
"Pitt came out of nowhere and also Alabama, Florida State, and Miami too [texted early]."
According to Lingard, the Gators also correspond with him quite frequently since the first as well.
"Since then I've been getting good luck text and good morning, stuff like that," he said, "Stuff to make me feel like these guys want me there."
What do these schools have in common?
"The line, the success they have, the head coaches and also their academic programs."
The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder has no timeline for a decision.
"The more I get used to a team and being around a campus and stuff, so proabably a late commitment, but if I feel like there is a spark then thats it."
He hopes to watch Miami's game against Appalachian State next.