Dan Mullen added another piece to his 2019 recruiting puzzle this week adding a commitment from long-snapper Chase Whitfield who will be a preferred walk-on for the Gators. Whitfield sat down with 1010XL to talk about his commitment.
“Throughout my decision my main emphasis was, is this someplace where I’m going to be comfortable playing even if I got a season-ending injury,” Whitfield told 1010XL. “Of course football there at Florida is in the SEC, it’s on a huge stage in The Swamp and it’s something every kid dreams of.
“Beyond that, Florida’s academic possibilities for me, it’s the only place where I can get a top 10 education and play for a top 10 ranked team. It’s the best of both worlds and it’s everything I could have imagined when trying to put together the perfect scenario for me.
“I had visited last Saturday and I knew in my mind that’s what I wanted to do, but I still had to talk to my family about it. It’s a surreal thing because this is something that you dream of as a kid. Now, getting to this point, it’s a feeling I’ve never had matched before.”
Whitfield built a good relationship with the Florida coaching staff throughout this process.
“I mainly dealt with coach (Keith) Murphy (Special Teams and Quality Control), but when I was in The Swamp I did talk to coach (Dan) Mullen one-on-one and I interacted with him on my visits,” Whitfield said. “I absolutely love the culture he has up there.
“Him as a person, he is very down to earth and I really enjoy the way he coaches. I like the way he runs the team and I’m really excited.”
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You may not know there are long-snapping camps that fine tune the art of long-snapping for prospects throughout the country.
“Long-snapping camps are definitely on the rise throughout the nation,” Whitfield said. “I’ve seen a bunch of guys from the camps commit to schools.
“Long-snapping is a very specialized thing and very few people have the knowledge of the skill itself. So, to feed off of that information and to get your name out there is such an important thing.”
Whitfield had this somewhat comical message for the Gator fan base.
“I’m ready to put in 110 percent and be the best player I can be,” he said. “The only time you really hear a long-snapper’s name is when he messes up. So, in the best way possible, I hope that Gator Nation never hears my name again.”
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