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Florida programs after Kourtzidis

Christo Kourtzidis would like to say Florida has been recruiting him for months, sending constant mail and making inquiries about him but that isn't the truth.
Still, the Orange (Calif.) Lutheran tight end is thrilled that even though the Gators haven't been involved much at all that they decided to offer after area recruiting coach Brian White watched his highlight film.
"They actually haven't been recruiting me at all," Kourtzidis said.
"I got an e-mail from the recruiting coordinator over there, Mark Pantoni, and he watched my film the next day and then showed it to the coach who recruits my area, coach (Brian) White, and I gave him a call and that's basically how it went.
"I'm going to do my research, try to take a visit and consider all options because obviously it's a big-time program and a great school. It's another area of recruitment so even if it's not that school it opens up other schools."
Florida, Colorado, Florida State, Indiana, Nebraska, Washington and Washington State have now offered Kourtzidis, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect who is also hearing from Cal and others.
Since his involvement with Florida is so new, Kourtzidis has not even considered when he'll be able to make it to Gainesville.
He will be in the state of Florida this month though. The Southern California tight end is planning to visit Florida State's spring game since the Seminoles have been consistently involved in his recruitment for a while.
Although Gainesville is only about 150 miles away from Tallahassee, Kourtzidis said he wants to dedicate this entire trip to learning more about the Seminoles.
"I'll only be out there for a couple days," Kourtzidis said. "I talk to coach (James) Coley pretty often and I keep in touch with him.
"I definitely like Florida State. I really like the program and I heard it's a beautiful campus. I'm pretty excited to get out there to see everything for myself and get a vibe for it."