Lateek Townsend Ready for Gainesville

The 6-3 and 215-pound standout linebacker from Bennettsville (SC) Marlboro County, Lateek Townsend, is one of the most athletic linebackers in the country and is ready to visit the University of Florida.

Lateek Townsend currently holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Colorado, Florida, LSU, USC, East Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina, Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Miami.

"I am leaving tonight (Thursday, April 8). I will be there at 8 a.m. on Friday morning. I am coming down with one of my coaches. My expectation level is high I am ready to get down there I am ready to see it for myself. I want to see how it is with my own eyes. I have talked to a lot of players that say it's great so I am glad to see how it is myself for a few days. I am looking at what it's like to be a Florida football player and what life is like after football. When the coaches are gone and stuff I want to see what goes on and what the players do together. What really matters is when you take the helmet and pads off and go to class so I want to really talk to the players about those kinds of things. I talked to Coach Meyer to let him know and he was excited and said he was happy that I was coming in. I will close my eyes on the ride and see what happens when I open them."

On the field, Townsend has an ability to read the play before it happens.

"I have my strengths and weaknesses but the thing for me is I know the game of football and playing running back it helps me at linebacker because I know what's going on. Some coaches say I am a heck of a player and the entire week before the game they have a player that tries to play my role. They never know where I am going to be because I roam all over the field. There are so many plays you can run from the I-Formation so I know what is coming my way. I know the game of football and that is my strength. It's the little stuff that I do that makes a lot of stuff happen on the field. It just comes natural for me and I let my instincts take over."

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