Homestead (Fla.) defensive end Pedro Sibiea made it to Gainesville, Fla. late on Thursday night of last week in order to wake up bright and early to see the University of Florida football team in action during workouts. He came away very impressed with his one-day visit to the in-state school that has extended him an early offer.
"We woke up real early and watched them work out to see how their practice was," Sibiea said. "We saw the conditioning and everything that they do and I was really impressed. I saw how hard the players work and how much fun they have doing it. I saw them making themselves better."
During the visit, Sibiea had an opportunity to speak with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who is also in charge of Florida's defensive line.
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"He was cool," Sibiea said. "They see potential in me and what I can offer them as far as coming into the Gator family. They believe I can help them."
He also spoke one-on-one with head coach Will Muschamp.
"He wanted to see if I really enjoyed myself and if I liked it around there," Sibiea said. "He also talked to me about how I was doing academically. He was just trying to get to know me better one-on-one."
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive lineman who is capable of playing inside or outside was also given a detailed tour of the campus and town during his visit.
"They showed us around the campus, the fraternities, the 'Swamp' - just all of Gainesville," Sibiea said. "I really liked it there. I was real impressed by everything."
When everything wrapped up for the South Florida defensive lineman on Friday in Gainesville, he came very close to giving a pledge to the Orange and Blue.
"Honestly, I did," Sibiea said. "They have shown me a lot of love so far and I really like them. But I want to see how some others would compare to the Gators."
At this time, Florida is the only school to offer Sibiea. He is receiving major interest from South Florida, North Carolina, Miami, and others.