Lobdell has Gators on Radar

Lavar Lobdell is determined to carry his success from prep level over to the collegiate stage. He's undecided at this point where he'll spend the next four or five years, but among his top schools is the University of Florida.

LaVar Lobdell is 6-3, 195 pounds, and a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. He's rated four stars by Scout.com. At Syracuse (NY) Christian Brothers Academy he was a top target of five-star quarterback Greg Paulus, a US Army All-American who is going to play basketball at Duke. Lobdell caught 37 passes for 730 yards and an incredible 21 touchdowns.

The most impressive aspect of Lobdell's game is his explosiveness. While there are other prospects who have similar size and speed, few have the ability to gain separation as well as he does. He has that extra wiggle that allows him to distance himself from defenders downfield.

His ability to gain separation in the red zone is what truly makes him an elite prospect. He uses his impressive combination of height and body control to dominate smaller defenders at the goal line.

Lobdell is still deciding which offer to accept. At the moment, he is currently considering offers from West Virginia, Penn State, Wisconsin, USC, Miami, Maryland, NC State, Virginia Tech and the University of Florida, among others. Although he has not decided where he will be next year, he does know what he's looking for.

One of the reasons Florida is high on his list is the Gators history of receivers going on to success in the NFL. Personal goals, however, take a back seat to the goal of winning championships.

"I want a chance to get a conference title," said Lobdell "and to just have fun with my teammates."

He is well aware of the tough reputation of the Southeastern Conference and he knows that the Gators have the kind of talent to be a force in the league in the next few years.

"They always do pretty well in the SEC," Lobdell said of the Gators' program. "It looks like they are going to be doing pretty good things in the future."

He's not just interested in conference titles, however. The ultimate goal is "to win a national championship."

Michael Lombardo can be reached at lombardo@sportsnet.com


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