Florida defensive lineman Mayan Ahanotu has Minnesota on top following his unofficial visit yesterday

Florida defensive lineman Mayan Ahanotu has Minnesota on top following his unofficial visit yesterday with the Gophers, and he spoke about it with GI.


"We literally did as much as you could do in one day," Florida defensive lineman Mayan Ahanotu said about his Minnesota visit on Saturday. "It started off with walking into the complex in the morning and went into the team meeting and the energy was unlike anything I've ever seen. Then I went to the practice that they had which was really a scrimmage for all four quarters. I met with coach P.J. Fleck two times today. One time after the team meeting and once before I left. He truly does have a vision for this program. I thought campus was great. Everything seemed to be connected to each other somehow. I enjoyed that a lot. Their facilities are state of the art and when I saw the locker room, I was amazed. The practice was very high paced, get after it kind of practice. A lot of energy and I enjoyed it very much."


"I talked a lot with defensive line coach Bryce Paup, defensive coordinator Robb Smith and offensive line graduate assistant Keli'ikuewa Kekuewa," Ahanotu explained to GI. "Coach Paup told me that he really believes that I would be a great addition to this program and help build it into something great. Coach Smith said the same thing as coach Paup, as they both sat me down in Coach Smith's office to watch film and tell me that. They are going to use me all over the line. Defensive end and tackle depending on the week. Coach Kekuewa thinks the same of me. He really was there to help with anything I needed or had questions about. In my meeting's with coach Fleck, we really just sat down and talked about our life stories that we had and how we became the people we are today. What and who shaped us into the people we are today. Getting to see his vision of what he wanted to do with the program was remarkable. He wants to win national championships and Big Ten championships. How this will happen is by creating the culture first and then the football second. He makes the players responsible for not only changing their own lives but lives of others in the community. I think that it's brilliant. Talking with coach Fleck was my favorite part of the visit because as we spoke to each other, I slowly understood what he is doing with the program. My mother was with me, and she really like the campus and the facilities. Not only that but she enjoyed being around the coaches as well. She believes they're very genuine people."

Gophers are now the school to beat for Ahanotu.

"They are the highest school on my list right now," Ahanotu said about Minnesota. "I loved the visit. Simple as that. They blew me away. I have no more visits planned as of right now and I'm not sure when I'll be making a decision."

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