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Florida 2019 pledge Tyrique Stevenson visits The Swamp and has his recruiting hat on for the Gators

Tyrique Stevenson returned to Gainesville for the first time since his commitment to the Gators in April. The 2019 athlete discusses his trip, why he remains solid and which 2019 cornerback he hopes will join the class.

Tyrique Stevenson made the trip up from South Florida this past weekend to Gainesville, Fla. to check in with the Florida staff. Stevenson, who committed to the Gators back in April, immediately received a warm welcome from each staff member. 

"It feels great [to visit after I've committed]. It feels like I'm at home now," said the 2019 pledge. "[The warm reception] lets me know that they know who I am and the type of person I am. It's a great feeling to know that a staff knows you as soon as you step on campus." 

Although every coach and player at the camp on Saturday made sure to reach out, he spent most of his time with two very familiar faces, defensive back coach Corey Bell and UF on campus recruiting coordinator, John Herron. 

"Coach Bell always tells me to,  not trust the process, but to stay the course," he said. "I learned that he can take your talent from good and make it into a professional.

"He interacts [with players]," Stevenson added about Bell's coaching style. "He talks and tells you what you are not doing right, but he doesn't make it seem's like do this without making the big scene or trying to put you down."

According to Stevenson, he says having Herron and Bell, two coaches that he is very familiar with at Florida, helps him feel "comfortable" with the Gators over other schools. 

Stevenson adds that he is "done" when it comes to visiting schools this summer and says he is only planning to return to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights. 

"Me, him [ Gators 2019 commit Frank Ladson Jr.] and the rest of 2019 class are coming [to Friday Night Lights] to put on a show."

The 2019 class, that has nine pledges, has formed a tight unit.  

"We are all like brothers, we are all in this chat," he said. "We act like we have known each other forever." 

Stevenson hopes that they soon will add another 2019 pledge to the mix soon. 

"Jaden Davis from St. Thomas," he said. "He said he has to see how the campus is and then he will let everybody know." 

Apart from Florida, Stevenson says he is hearing from schools like Michigan and Georgia.

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