Among the numerous 2012 in-state prospects that made their way to Gainesville on Saturday to watch Florida host South Carolina was Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast wide receiver Chris Black. The electric 5-foot-11, 160-pound wide receiver enjoyed his time at the Swamp.
"We got there and met some of the football coaches," Black said. "I got a chance to see the facilities, the locker room, and things like that. I got a chance to talk a lot with the coaches and players at Florida. It was a great experience."
The first coach that spoke with the wideout was quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler.
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"He just told me that I am a great player," Black said. "He said that they want me down there. He also had me talk with Coach Z (Zach Azzanni), the wide receivers coach, and after the game I spoke with Coach (Urban) Meyer."
He talked a bit about his quick conversation with Urban Meyer.
"He was just telling me about what they need down there," Black said. "He said that he wants me to be a part of their team."
The conclusion of his visit was having the chance to watch the Gators in action. While they fell short on the field, losing 36-14 to the Gameocks, Black said it didn't hurt his opinion of the overall visit. He did share his thoughts on the loss though.
"I don't think they played as a team," Black said. "They weren't executing like they can. It seems like their offense has been struggling all season. Their defense did pretty well, but the offense kept the defense on the field and I think that is one of the main reasons they lost like the did."
The Gators are just one of many major programs from around the Southeast that have verbally offered the standout wide receiver.
"Florida State, Georgia, Florida, Clemson, Miami, and Alabama just recently offered me," Black said. "There are plenty more but those are the main schools that really stand out to me and stay in contact with me."
Two in-state schools sit at the top of that list.
"Right now Florida and Florida State are the main two," Black said. "I kind of would say Florida State is my leader, but Florida and Florida State are still neck-and-neck. I wouldn't say one is the main, main leader. With Florida State, I probably have a better relationship with the coaches there than I do with the Florida coaches right now."
Black's main focus right now is on earning a state championship, as First Coast starts the playoffs this week after concluding a perfect 10-0 regular season, but he said he expects to attend at least one more collegiate game during the month of November.
"I was planning to make the Georgia and Georgia Tech game but I didn't realize that Florida and Florida State play on the same day," Black said. "I will probably be at the Florida-Florida State game."