Jake Fruhmorgen is looking for a new place to call home. After playing 20 games and recording nine career starts, Fruhmorgen has decided to transfer from Clemson. Some schools in the mix to land the former Tampa (Fla.) Plant High School offensive lineman are LSU and Florida. On Saturday, Fruhmorgen made a surprise visit to Gainesville to see the Gators and meet the coaching staff.
“It was good,”said the former US Army All-American lineman. “It’s kind of funny seeing familiar faces. But it was also cool seeing the new facilities like the indoor. ”
The indoor is not the only thing that has changed since Fruhmorgen was a high school recruit. UF was one school that did recruit the Tampa native, however, because of the uncertainty surrounding Will Muschamp, Fruhmorgen did not want to choose a school without being sure of the program's future.
“I always liked Florida. When I was getting recruited I kind of knew Coach Muschamp was on the hot seat, so I was always iffy about that," explained Fruhmorgen. “I didn’t want to make a decision too late in my recruiting process, so I kind of ruled them out in the end.”
His last visit to Gainesville was in 2013, however, fast forward almost four years later and things are quite different at The Swamp. According to Fruhmorgen, he is impressed with the new man in charge, Jim McElwain and his new offensive staff.
“They’re definitely successful,” he said. “Obviously Coach Mac has brought in a good coaching staff, good players. They’re doing well. I’ve always watched the Gators - even at Clemson.”
One of those new hires is offensive line coach Brad Davis, who was announced last week. After the initial news of Mike Summers' departure last month, Jake's father, John Fruhmorgen, told Scout's theMichiganInsider.com's Sam Webb, that the Gators had some work to do.
“Florida just lost their position coach Saturday to Louisville,” said Mr. Fruhmorgen. “He was full blown on board with everything, but the transition there… they don’t have a guy right now that’s there. Coach Rump who recruited Jake to Alabama is in charge now. So he is going try to figure out where they’re at as far as position wise.”
The good news for the Gators, however, is that according to the younger Fruhmorgen, Davis left a great impression.
“He’s great, really enthusiastic," he stated. "He’s very forward with you and very honest with you. He’s a good, smart guy, so I liked him a lot.”
After a shoulder injury sidelined Fruhmorgen last season, the offensive tackle is healthy and is hoping to make a decision "sooner rather than later."
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle started the first eight games of 2016 for the Tigers before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury, which he said is now fine.
“Just looking for a little more comfortability in a school," said about what he is looking for in his new home. "I know more people here [at Florida]. It’s a little closer to home."
Once Fruhmorgen decides on a new school, he will have to sit out the first year due to NCAA rules. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.