GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The past month for Largo (Fla.) Indian Rocks Christian School tight end Sean Culkin can best be described as a whirlwind. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound offensive target has logged a lot of miles recently.
"On the road constantly," Culkin said of his July. "I first went from Indiana to Georgia for basketball and then from there I went to Georgia for Dawg Night. Then I went to Auburn and Alabama and visited Samford along the way. Then I came home and rested for a few days before coming here."
'Here' is the University of Florida, where Culkin participated in Friday Night Lights. He was amongst the top tight ends on the field.
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"It was a lot of fun and a lot of competition," Culkin said. "It was good to see (tight end) Kent Taylor. He is a good person to compete against and go against in drills."
While the two - Culkin and Taylor - share many mutual friends, Friday marked the first time that the two Central Florida tight ends actually met.
"We actually really met for the first time today," Culkin said. "We just approached each other right away. He is a cool kid to get along with. We had a lot of fun."
After the event, Culkin received feedback from the Florida staff about where he is at on their list of tight end targets.
"I just have to be patient, there are a lot of numbers," Culkin said. "They have some other kids that they have thrown out offers to that they are kind of waiting for. So a lot of schools are giving me feedback about waiting until maybe the first three games of my season."
The Sunshine State prospect is willing to wait, especially for the Gators. He admits it is a school he is very fond of.
"I love everything about Florida," Culkin said. "I have been a Gator fan for quite a long time. I love the facilities. Coach (Derek) Lewis is a great coach. He gets into it more than I do sometimes. He gets us very pumped up. That is cool. I am excited to see how the whole coaching staff does for the first couple games for the new season."
Culkin, a two-sport star who once thought he would go to college on a basketball scholarship, may participate in AAU Nationals next week in Orlando, Fla. Beyond that, he intends to just lift and work with his high school team as two-a-days approach.