Gator Chomps: 5-star OL Alex Leatherwood 'iffy' about Alabama commitment after Florida visit – SECcountry.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Alex Leatherwood has a tough month ahead of him.
The 5-star offensive tackle from Pensacola, Fla., is currently committed to Alabama, but plans to make a final decision on Dec. 16. Florida, Michigan and Southern Cal are still under consideration for Leatherwood’s signature, and at this moment he’s not sure which school will land him.
“I’m kind of still iffy about it,” Leatherwood said of his Alabama pledge. “I’m not really like dead set yet, like 100 percent sure yet. But I got a general idea.”
When asked how sure he is, Leatherwood seemed truly undecided.
“About … I don’t know. I don’t know,” he admitted.
Last month Leatherwood revealed his commitment was not as strong as it had been. Now he seems even more open after attending Florida’s 20-7 win over South Carolina. It was his first visit to Florida in seven months.
“It was a great atmosphere. I had a lot of fun,” Leatherwood said. “I enjoyed the game. I enjoyed being here around the coaches and talking to them.”
The 6-foot-6, 327-pound prospect came into the trip wanting to see how the Gators would respond following their 31-10 loss at Arkansas.
“I liked what I saw,” he said.
Leatherwood also had his eyes on Florida’s offensive line. The unit had two starters go down with injuries and played four underclassmen in the starting lineup.
“Yes, it is,” Leatherwood said when asked if that was appealing. “As we all know, their line needs help. It could be better. They’re struggling on the O-line.
“So basically I can come in and make an instant impact. It makes me feel good about the opportunity that I have to come in and play.”
And that’s the message Florida is sending to Leatherwood, who is ranked the nation’s No. 2 offensive tackle and