RECRUITING: Gators get a Big Machine

Friday Night Lights has taken on a new life among recruiting circles. Both fans and prospects are anticipating it more and more in only its second year of existence. There are two reasons for the camp and one is to attract the best talent in America to compete in the Swamp. The other is to sift through prospects that the staff considers on the cusp of an offer and actually see if they are.

(Linval Joseph profile)

Friday night was the latter for Linval Joseph of Alachua Santa Fe who was offered and committed to Coach Urban Meyer on Saturday.

The monster 6-5,290 pounder could play on either side of the ball, but worked exclusively on the offensive line last night. He showed explosion, power, strength, and agility in constantly punishing defenders. The night was fun and Joseph knows he has worked hard to get to the point of getting a Gator offer.

"I committed today," Linval Joseph said. "I liked it a lot and went back for the Junior Day. After last night it just showed me just how far I made it. It took a lot to get this far. This is so big. I am so shocked and surprised. It came (the offer and commitment) down today when I got the offer from Urban Meyer himself."

That was something he really enjoyed. With a small group of people in the room Gator Head Coach Urban Meyer made a presentation to Joseph that he just couldn't refuse.

"That went very well," Joseph said. "It was me, my mom, my coach, and Urban Meyer. They just told me they really liked me and all of my potential. It was just great."

There are many reasons that Joseph was looking hard at the Gators. One, of course, is that he lives just a ten minute drive from the city limits of Gainesville. He also likes the outstanding academics the Gators have to offer.

"Florida is one of the top schools I wanted to go to," he said. "I have been to a lot of football and basketball games. I have a background in some of the classes I can take there. It is just a good fit all around."

He hasn't played football for an extensive amount of time and he is a bit raw with the fundamentals of the game. He has so much raw ability as an athletic lineman and it really showed last night. The coaching staff loved him and gave him a few pointers.

"They say I need to work on my stance and work on my balance and leverage," he said. "They liked my footwork, my speed, and my attitude."

Offensive Line Coach john Hevesy is the recruiting area coach for and has been working him hard to show up for the camp. Everyone is pleased with that outcome. Joseph appreciates Hevesy as a man and a coach.

"Coach John Hevesy was coaching me last night," Joseph said. "He is a pretty good coach. He is nice and straight-forward. He taught me a lot of good things about the game."

Linval Joseph works about 50 hours a week this summer trying to save enough money to get a car. He is a hard working young man doing heavy lifting and using all of that athletic ability he has. He plans on bringing that ability to Florida field in both strength and persistence.

When asked what Gator fans can expect of him as a Gator, Joseph had one simple response, "They can expect a Big Machine."

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