Culliver Back From Florida

Garner (NC) 4-star safety/wide receiver Chris Culliver is one of the most electrifying athletes in the nation this year, and the Tar Heel State standout made his official visit to Florida this weekend to see what all the Gators have to offer. Culliver entered into the visit favoring South Carolina, but did the visit help Florida's chances? Read inside to find out.



The 6'1, 190 pound Culliver, who runs the forty yard dash in a blazing 4.38 seconds, said he enjoyed his time in Gainesville, and the Gators showed him a good time.

"It went real good. It was very impressive. There were a lot of things I didn't know about Florida, and now I know. It was a very good trip down there," said Culliver. "I got to hang out with a couple guys. Brandon Spikes was my host, and I got to talk to him a lot. They showed me around campus, and I got to see the new weight training room. There were a lot of things about them that I got to know."

One of the highlights of the visit for Culliver was being on hand for the national championship celebration in "The Swamp" on Saturday afternoon.

"They obviously just won a national championship, and they had a big celebration about that. There were a whole lot of people there for that. It was real big in the stadium, and they honored all the seniors and things like that. It was a real fun experience."

Entering into the visit, Culliver favored South Carolina over Florida, but after enjoying his time in Gainesville, the Gators have now drawn even with the Gamecocks.

"Right now, I don't know. It's basically even right now because I just went down there on a visit. Like I told Coach (Urban) Meyer, I could see myself playing down there. If I didn't have another school recruiting me as hard as they are, that'd be the place I'm going. I wouldn't want to sell myself short if I visited South Carolina first, and I was like, ‘Whoa, I like this' and committed without giving the other school a chance or vice versa."

An interesting development is that Florida, who had previously liked Culliver as a safety, is now telling the versatile performer he can play wide receiver. South Carolina had previously been the only school recruiting him as a receiver.

"Coach (Billy) Gonzalez said they really want me at wide receiver now I guess."

As for a timeframe on a decision, Culliver, who will host Coach Steve Spurrier for an in-home visit on Monday night, said he will take his official visit to Columbia next weekend and then think things over.

"I'll probably make it after this next visit to South Carolina. Give me about three or four days to evaluate it after that, and then I'll be real strong about my decision I guess."

Culliver closed by sharing what he likes about each of his two finalists.

Florida - "They just won a national championship. I could see them being there coming up next year again, because they have a lot of different talent. They have a lot of different things going on at their facilities that I didn't know that really impressed me."

South Carolina - "I think I could really go there and ball out. I know a lot of guys there from the Offense-Defense game. I'm real good friends with a whole lot of them, so we'll just see how things go when I visit there."


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