RECRUITING: Demps impressed by Meyer & Strong

Pensacola Washington's Jon Demps had an in-home visit with coaches Urban Meyer and Charlie Strong on Monday night. The four-star linebacker plays a position that is a huge need for the Gators. Demps came away from the visit with a very favorable impression of Florida.

It was the first time Demps or his family met the new Florida head coach in person.

"Coach Meyer and Coach Strong came by to visit tonight," he said. "It went good. My parents really liked him."

With only four scholarship linebackers available in the spring and returning for the fall, the Gators have an easy sell at playing time at all three linebacker spots. It was clear they got the point across with his response.

"They talked about me playing and coming in early," said Demps, a 6-4, 228-pounder who has 4.7 speed in the 40. "They really want me to play for them and I can come in and play right now. They don't want me to red shirt. They showed me the urgency they have at linebacker."

When asked to describe Coach Meyer after only one visit with him, Demps didn't hesitate, noting "he is real energetic."

He still says all schools are even right now and won't tip his hat for any of them.

"Miami FSU, Florida, LSU and Auburn, are my leaders," Demps said.

Jon Demps will visit Florida on January 28 and the Gators will have the last shot at wowing this tackling machine who racked up 160 tackles this past season. The Gators may try to sign as many as six linebackers because of the huge need at the position. Demps is a very high priority recruit.

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