RECRUITING: Has UF Narrowed Gap On Greenlee?

When the Florida Gators hosted their third of possibly five junior days a couple of weeks ago, one of the most significant visitors was Florida State commitment Antwane Greenlee, a 6-6, 300-pound offensive tackle from Columbus (GA) Hardaway. While Greenlee remains committed to FSU at the moment, the Gators might be closing the gap enough to make a play for the big guy.

(See Antwane Greenlee profile)

On the day Greenlee visited the Florida campus it rained but that didn't keep him from enjoying his stay in Gainesville.

"I chilled with (Offensive Line) Coach (John) Hevesy," said Greenlee. "When I first got there I took a campus tour. It was my first time in Gainesville so I really enjoyed that. I got to meet Coach (Urban) Meyer and we talked for a while."

One player at Florida that seems to be everywhere when prospects visit is freshman quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow and Greenlee seemed to hit it off instantly and Tebow told Greenlee all about his few months as a Gator.

"I met Tim Tebow and we talked for a while about why he picked Gainesville and stuff like that," Greenlee said. "I basically just wanted to know why he picked the Gators and he said it was the people. He felt the coaches were player's coaches."

Greenlee came to Gainesville with one of his teammates and his mother. It seems mom will have a big influence on the school he attends and mom was definitely impressed with what she saw of the Florida campus and coaching staff.

"My mom liked Coach Meyer a lot," he said. "She liked that he is a family man and a down to earth kind of person. Some of the coaches out there are all about the spotlight and he's not like that."

He still wants to be considered committed to FSU but Greenlee said there are a few schools knocking on the door that could change his mind.

"I am still committed to Florida State for right now but I have a couple of other schools right behind that are neck and neck," he said. "Right behind FSU is Georgia, Florida, Auburn, and Tennessee."

He took a moment to talk about his five favorites:

TENNESSEE: "The biggest thing I like about them is their coaches are cool and they have three offensive line coaches."

GEORGIA: "The opportunity to play there early is good and it is the home state."

AUBURN: "I only live thirty minutes away. I have been to a couple of games there and know how big the Tigers are there."

FLORIDA: "They are one of the best groups of coaches that I have met so far. They don't leave you wondering or guessing about anything. They are like one big family. Even Tebow and a couple of players talked about how they can go to the coaches about anything. Florida is different and I can see that."

FLORIDA STATE: "The biggest thing is I grew up a Florida State fan. I went and met Coach McHale. I can see he knows a lot about offensive linemen and how he breaks down film and what each player does. I like the way he coaches."

By the time football season starts in the fall, Greenlee plans to have his favorite's list trimmed to two or three schools that he will visit officially.

"I am really just trying to put this recruiting thing to an end," he said. "By the middle of the season I want to have it all done. I am probably going to take two or three official visits. I haven't figured out who they will be."

He's working on an academic plan that will allow him to enter the college of his choice in January.

"Right now I am in night school so I can enroll into school early," he said. "I scored 800 on my first try on the SAT and with my GPA that is a qualifying score."

Antwane Greenlee is rated the number 25 offensive tackle in the nation by He made an early commitment to Florida State but that hasn't stopped other top programs in the south from recruiting him. There are at least four other schools that look to have a good shot at landing this big, talented lineman.

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