Halapio Will Arrive a Little Early

To say that Jon Halapio is itching to get started as a member of the Florida Gators football team is probably a bit of an understatement. The 6-4, 301-pound mammoth offensive guard is only months away from showing up on campus and being able to compete with his future teammates. Fortunately for him, he will get to start this change in his life a little early.

Halapio will actually get to start school at Florida a little earlier than most of his counterparts in the 2009 recruiting class. The St. Pete Catholic lineman is ready to go and when reached by phone last week, he was just getting done working out in preparation for his start of being a Gator.

"I just got out of the shower because I was lifting weights today, I am just doing that to stay in shape," Halapio said by phone on Thursday. "I won't get a plan for weight lifting until signing day, they just told me to stay on the weights."

The Florida coaches come by to see Halapio every week. Offensive coordinator and line coach Steve Addazio had to take a break from visiting due to surgery on his knee, but head coach Urban Meyer stopped by Sunday and area recruiting coach Dan McCarney comes by every week to make sure everything is right for the big time lineman.

"Coach Addazio came to my house about three weeks ago," Halapio said. "Coach McCarney came to my house last week. Coach Meyer will be here Sunday.

"They talk about football and want me to keep working," Halapio said. "They ask if I am excited and still interested. They check to see if I am talking to any schools. The last school that called me was Notre Dame, that was last spring."

Halapio is chomping at the bit to get started in Gainesville and will be able to arrive a little early.

"I will be there in summer A on May 1," he said. "The thing I am looking forward to is just working hard to get better. I'm just sitting around waiting on the end.

"I want to play as a true freshman, but I don't know because Coach McCarney was talking about the offensive line and there are only one or two spots open. That doesn't mean I'm not going to try. Of course I want to play as a true freshman."

The Gators found Halapio from watching game film and what they saw was a big brute of a lineman that just mauls the defender in front of him. During the season, Halapio lost some weight and now with his weight training, he believes he can make life a lot worse for the linemen he faces.

"Drive blocking is my thing," he said. "I am 6-4, 301 pounds. I actually gained all of it back. I went all the way down to 280 but am back up now. I am lifting weights and trying to eat right. It's all good weight."

He isn't one of the big names in the recruiting class, but may be the most physically ready to play of all the linemen. Jon Halapio will probably surprise some when he arrives on campus, and he may surprise early.

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