Mercer wants to be a Gator

Josh Mercer received some good news when he visited Florida over the weekend, but there is still some work to be done. If all goes as planned, Mercer will be a Gator this summer.

"Coach [Will] Muschamp told me that they want me and that I can feel like I have an offer, but that they want to see me one time at camp before I can commit. Coach Muschamp told me to come to camp this summer, let them see me there, and then I will be able to commit to them," Josh Mercer told Scout.

Everything Muschamp told Mercer, he took in, and he is now focused on one thing.

"I want to be a Gator. Florida is where I want to go and I am just going to lay low now, get ready for their camp in June, and go down there to get that official offer. I have visited Georgia and South Carolina already, but I do not plan on going anywhere else now. I am just thinking about Florida."

The visit to Gainesville really stood out to the Mercer family on Saturday. Josh's father talked about how the coaches did a wonderful job, how the visit as a whole was outstanding, and just how professional everything was.

The 6-foot, 178 pound athlete out of Guyton (GA) South Effingham echoed those feelings.

"I really liked the campus, they coaches treated us great, and I feel like the coaches at Florida could be a good role model for me there.

"When we were there, I felt wanted, and Coach Muschamp told me a I was an SEC running back. I just liked everything there and that is where I want to be."

Mercer remembers one thing specifically that the UF head coach said to him and he will use that as motivation between now and he camps inside The Swamp.

"Coach Muschamp told me that they have a good feeling about me. I want to show them why they feel that way," Mercer said.

As a junior, Mercer ran for 1,300 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. He currently carries a 3.1 GPA in the classroom.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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