Gator Chomps: Florida makes strong impression on OT Navaughn Donaldson, WR Donovan Peoples-Jones – SECcountry.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Navaughn Donaldson made his trip to Florida over the weekend, but this time was much different.
The 4-star offensive tackle and Miami commit attended his first UF game, watching the Gators defeat South Carolina 20-7. It was an official visit for Donaldson, allowing him to spending two nights in Gainesville.
His mother, Evaughn Person, joined her son on the trip and spoke with SEC Country about their weekend.
“One of the things that stood out the most was the game,” Person said. “It looked like the entire Gainesville community was there. You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing orange and blue. That was amazing.
“Another thing that caught my attention was all the players getting recognized for Senior Day. That stood out as well. Just how emotional and connected the players were to their coaches.”
Person said they got a tour of the entire campus, including the academic center, the administration office and the athletic facilities. But for Donaldson, the highlight of his trip came away from UF.
“When they showed us the off-campus housing, I think it really blew him away,” Person said. “He sat down on the wicker chair and was like, ‘I’m here.’ He was very comfortable.
“He got to hang out with some players at their place, interact with them and just see their routine. The best way to learn about something are from people who go through it, which are the players. So it gave him a better understanding to experience that.”
Donaldson and his mother also spent time with Florida coach Jim McElwain, offensive line coach Mike Summers, linebackers coach Randy Shannon and defensive line coach Chris Rumph. But their interactions weren’t limited to coaches.
“I spent a lot of time with Coach Hova (on-campus recruiting director John Herron) and Coach Summers’ wife. They were