GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson defensive end Tyriq McCord was amongst the top participants on the field in the Swamp during Florida's Friday Night Lights event. The 6-foot-3, 222-pound lineman enjoyed competing with and against his peers.
"It was a real good experience for my first time doing a camp with Florida," McCord said. "It was a pretty good scene. I learned a lot from the coaches and what not."
After the camp had concluded, McCord felt satisfied with his performance.
"I think I performed real well," McCord said. "I thought I showed them a lot."
Throughout the evening, McCord received his fair share of attention from members of Will Muschamp's staff.
"I like all of the coaches," McCord said. "It was fun working with Coach (Dan) Quinn and talking with Coach (Derek) Lewis. They were just talking to me about how they want me here. They want me to be a Gator."
Prior to camping at Florida, McCord had also visited North Carolina, South Carolina, and Southern Cal this summer. The only place he camped in those three stops was Southern Cal. He said his experience camping with the Trojans stood out.
"That was probably one of the best camps I ever went to," McCord said. "Just because of the atmosphere with having so many good players there. There were so many players there from around the country and I had never been out that way, so a lot of it was new competition. It was pretty amazing working with people from the West Coast."
At this stage, McCord is taking things slowly and not in a rush to eliminate any of his more than 15 offers.
"Recruiting-wise, I plan to narrow it down in September when school starts but I won't be committing until January," McCord said. "I will be narrowing it down to about eight, a top eight. I also plan to take my five officials."
Only one of his five officials is scheduled as of today.
"An official is going to be USC. I already know I am going to take an official out there. It will be after the season," McCord said.
In addition to his major interest in Southern Cal, McCord said that the Gators as well as the South Carolina Gamecocks will be part of his top eight. The remaining five spots are to be determined.