"The visit went well," said Andre Smith, Sr., father of the five-star rated tackle who also has Alabama, LSU and Southern Cal listed among the finalists. "I could see that he would fit in that offense."
Smith's hosts for the weekend were tailback Markus Manson, whose hometown is Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and quarterback Tim Tebow, who was a teammate of Smith's on the victorious East team at the US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas a couple of weeks ago.
Andre Smith and Brandon Spikes at US Army Bowl
Andre Smith, Sr. said they were impressed with Florida's academic presentations and the Florida chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The visit included Florida's basketball game with Vanderbilt on Saturday. During the Gators' 81-58 win over the Commodores, the Rowdy Reptiles (Florida's student section) chanted Andre's name over and over and held up signs that read "We Want Andre." Smith stood and acknowledged the Florida students on one occasion when the chanting got pretty loud.
Overall, Andre Smith, Sr. said Florida made a good presentation.
"They were a little bit more prepared for him than any other school," he said.
Gator Country will have an updated story with Andre Jr. later on this evening when the Smith's get settled in at home from their long trip.