Corey Bender

A Gators offer would be a 'dream come true' for Scout 100 defensive end Nicholas Bonitto

Nicholas Bonitto visited the Gators on Saturday for Florida's game against North Texas. The four-star 2018 defensive end discusses the visit and what it would mean to receive an offer from UF.

Nicholas Bonitto made the trek up the turnpike on Saturday to witness Florida's shut out win against North Texas. 

"It was good," said the four-star defensive end about his visit to UF.  "It was a lot of energy from the crowd. It was a lot of fun just to be here." 

The Gators defense had a memorable performance, only surrendering a school record 53-yards. 

"That was crazy. The defensive line was playing outstanding - caused a lot of trouble for the quarterback and the DBs were playing well too."

Although the defense certainly made a mark on the Scout 100 defensive lineman, the game day atmosphere in Gainesville was certainly something he will not forget. 

"Just the environment of The Swamp," said the St. Thomas Aquinas standout. "It is a dream come true to just play here and play along great players and play under [head] coach [Jim]McElwain is great."

According to Bonitto, he speaks with his Florida recruiting coordinator, UF assistant Randy Shannon, and the staff plenty. 

"He [Shannon] talks to me like I'm a person. He doesn't really ask about football. He asks about how things are doing at school, with family and stuff like that," said Bonitto. "They just tell text me things like, on Fridays good luck on a game. It shows me that they really care about me as a player." 

Bonitto currently holds offers from AlabamaAuburnGeorgiaLSUMichiganMiami (Fl)Ohio StateWisconsinTennesseeSouth Carolina and Missouri. However, he hopes to add one more suitor to the list very soon, the Gators. 

"I'm hoping for an offer to come soon," he said. "They [the Florida staff] just tell me to try to get my weight up and I'm undersize for a D-end, but I'm trying to transition to an outside linebacker because a lot of colleges see me as playing perfectly there."

An offer from the Gators would be welcomed by the Sunshine State's top defensive end. 

It would be a "dream come true," said Bonitto about picking up an offer from Florida . "This has been my dream school since I was born. I was born out the womb just loving the Gators. It would be great to play here." 

Bonitto says he has heard the most from Michigan and Tennessee. The Wolverines were the first to give him a call on Sept. 1. 

"Michigan was the first to call. It's pretty good. The D-line coach texts me a lot," he said. 

Although he has not set anymore visits, he hopes to return to Gainesville for Florida's game against LSU, and he hopes to visit Michigan soon as well. 

"I'm just now starting the recruiting process, so I'm going to take things slow."

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