RECRUITING: UF made great impression on Isom

Byron Isom has played on both defensive and offensive line for Lovejoy High School in Georgia, but he would love to play on the defensive line in college and perhaps for the Florida Gators with his offer.

(Byron Isom profile)

Isom visited Florida in the spring for Junior Day, a new event implemented by Coach Urban Meyer. He left with a great impression of what the University of Florida offers, both academically and on the football field.

Isom is one of many recruits receiving text messages from Urban Meyer daily during lunch time and likes the program that Meyer is building at Florida. "I went to Florida for Junior day and Coach Meyer just seems like he's real energetic. He is a young coach that knows what is going on in every aspect of his team. He just seems like he is really anxious to bring back the Gator pride to Florida," said Isom.

Academics play a large role for Isom. He has a 3.0 grade point average and has scored a qualifying score of 1250 on the SAT. "Coach Meyer told me that Florida is second to Harvard in national merits. I did not know Florida was that prestigious of a school but it is and that's the type of school I really want to attend," said Isom. "The schools recruiting me send letters to tell me about their school, but Florida consistently sends letters talking about academics and the importance of working hard in the class room."

Isom has visited many other schools but was completely impressed with the University of Florida. "The Florida campus I would say is the best campus I've been to pound for pound. They have everything, it is big, has a nice atmosphere, the people were nice, and the facilities are top notch," said Isom.

He is in the process of setting up an official visit to Florida and has taken an official visit to Auburn which was a good experience for him. He also has an official visit scheduled for the University of South Carolina in January and will then decide which school to commit to.

According to Isom, he and his mother will make that decision together. "I am excited that I will get a chance to go to college on a four year scholarship that is a real blessing. Florida coaches tell me that my main goal for coming to their school should be to get a degree and if I make it to the NFL that is a plus," said Isom.

If academics are truly Isom's focus, then the University of Florida has a good shot at him in January.

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