Gator Chomps: Nation's No. 3 DE LaBryan Ray 'very high' on Florida – SECcountry.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s upset win at LSU last Saturday could help the Gators sway some recruits their way in the Class of 2017.
One of potential prospects is LaBryan Ray, a 4-star defensive end from Madison, Ala. The in-state Crimson Tide are considered his leader, though he hasn’t listend them as his favorite.
The biggest threat to Alabama could be the Gators.
“I’m very high on Florida,” Ray said. “I like what Coach Mac is doing down there. I like how they’re rotating the young guys in and I like the way the coaches coach. They play fast and get after the quarterback a lot.”
The Under Armour All-American saw that first hand two weeks ago when he attended Florida’s final home game against South Carolina. UF sacked Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley five times.
Afterward, Ray met with Gators coach Jim McElwain and defensive line coach Chris Rumph.
“I had my eyes on the young guys during the game because it’s important to at least be in the rotation.They reassured me on things,” Ray said. “Coach Rumph said he would love to have me as a player and he was glad that I came down. He told me that I could play early if I come in and work.
“I had good talk with Coach Mac. He told me if I come to Florida that not only would they help me for four years, but after football too. There are connections that come with a degree from the University of Florida. That’s important also because football has to end one day.”
Ray’s uncle and aunt accompanied him on his trip, and they have family in Gainesville. The South Carolina game was their first time seeing the Gators play in The Swamp.
“My uncle liked the visit. My aunt did too, they