Aziz Shittu has been talking to Florida for a while and finally one of the best defensive tackles in the 2012 class has picked up an offer from the Gators. The Atwater (Calif.) Buhach prospect said it's definitely a big one and he's planning a summer trip to Gainesville.
"I've been talking to coach (Bryant) Young a lot," Shittu said. "It's Florida. They just won two national championships. They got a new coaching staff and I'm still trying to talk to all those guys but it looks like they're trying to get back to playing some serious football and coach (Will) Muschamp is a defensive-minded guy so that's nice, too.
"I'm going to be making some trips around the whole country this summer so I'm going to stop by Florida for sure. I don't know the exact date but it's going to be this summer for sure."
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Shittu, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound prospect who excelled at the recent Los Angeles NIKE Camp, said he's especially interested to see how Florida plays this season with almost an entirely new coaching staff. Seeing Michigan play as well with a new staff will also be something Shittu watches closely.
"I'm interested to see how they do this year," he said. "Bringing in a whole new staff and changing offenses is pretty important.
"It will be something to watch, to see how a bunch of teams do with new coaches, like Michigan and Florida, and see how the guys are responding to the new coaching staffs."
Shittu, who also picked up an offer from Cal this weekend, said he plans to visit a bunch of schools this summer with Florida, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Michigan already on the list.
A bunch of other major programs have offered and Shittu said he's still waiting on Oregon and Notre Dame to offer but that both should come through this spring.
Early on, the Northern California prospect strongly considered making his commitment and getting recruiting out of the way but now Shittu said he's going to wait to make his announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"I'm committing at the Army game now," Shittu said. "Talking to a lot of guys, they said to take all my visits and that it's a good experience to take all of them. That way when I commit, that will be it. I want to see some campuses and see everything."