On Monday afternoon, the Florida Gators became the first program to offer massive 2019 offensive tackle Andrew Coker from Katy (Texas) Taylor, an increasingly talent-laden Class 6A program in the Houston area.
Coker, who measured an impressive 6-foot-7, 338 pounds in February at The Opening Houston, said the offer from Florida was a big deal to him.
"It means a ton, especially coming from my dream school," Coker said. "I have been wanting to go there ever since I was young."
Coker said he had gotten interest in the past from Florida, but the offer caught him off-guard.
"I had heard from them before, but I still thought it was a surprise (to get offered)," he said. "I was planning on going to a camp get the offer."
Receivers coach Kerry Dixon II and director of player development Kevin Barbay recruit Coker for the Gators, who also offered 2018 three-star offensive tackle Connor Galvin on Monday. Galvin is from nearby Katy High School, one of the most storied programs in Texas high school football.
Florida already offered elite 2018 defensive lineman Max Wright, one of the top overall prospects in the state of Texas and a teammate of Coker's. In addition to Wright and Coker, Katy Taylor has a few more prospects to watch in the 2018 and 2019 classes, plus 2021 offensive tackle Hayden Conner, who will be only a freshman this fall but recently earned a Miami offer.
"They haven't said (which position), but I can play any position they need me to play," Coker said. "They have a very good traditional program that has a very good coaching staff. They are also good at producing NFL talent."
Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor Coker's recruitment and overall development.