RECRUITING: C.J. Spiller enjoyed visit to UF

C.J. Spiller is arguably the top running back prospect in the Sunshine State for the class of 2006. One of his 8 offers to this point happens to be from the Florida Gators and last Saturday afternoon he chose to drive to Gainesville and take an even closer look at Urban Meyer's squad. What were his impressions?

"It was good man. It's a great place," C.J. Spiller said.

What sticks out in his mind most about the trip?

"The best part was just getting a chance to talk to the position coach. I couldn't stay long because I had to leave early and go to the Florida Relays. I also got to talk to Coach Meyer for the first time because he wasn't there the last time I went over there."

What did he think of Coach Drayton?

"Coach Drayton is a good guy. He talked about how people always say they're just a passing team because it's a spread offense, but that's not true and they really are a running team. He knows the position because he played there and now he coaches it. If I do go there, I know I have a coach that understands the position. He also talked more than just football. He said I could always hang out and if I had any issues, he would always be there to talk."

What all did C.J. talk with Coach Meyer about on his short time at the UF campus?

"He talked a lot about how the facilities are. He was just happy to meet me finally, because that was his first time meeting me. He wanted me to come to their practice this weekend and I plan on doing that. I'm going to take my cousin Willie Oliver over there with me."

How would this visit compare with an earlier one he took to check out the Florida State Seminoles?

"They were kind of the same. The only difference was that FSU is more deep at running back and they also have the all-time winningest coach. They both have good coaches and great facilities though."

Spiller still declines to name any favorites, but adds that all eight schools that have offered are still in contention. Those schools at the current time are Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee, Nebraska, Duke, North Carolina and Illinois.

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