On the eve of National Signing Day, the Florida Gators landed a commitment from three-star offensive tackle Andrew Mike (Tucson, AZ), who just one day earlier made a pledge to play college football at Vanderbilt.
Mike (6-foot-7, 280 pounds) pulled the trigger for VU on Monday; however, a late push from UF resulted in a quick flip Tuesday night.
He officially visited the Gators on Jan. 24, but Florida held off on making a run at locking up his commitment as it was waiting for a decision from five-star OT Damian Prince (Forestville, MD). Prince flirted with UF and was once believed to be leaning towards playing in Gainesville, FL but is expected to commit to Maryland late Wednesday.
The end result is a positive one for Florida, which also snagged Mike over Arkansas, Arizona and Washington, among others.
Mike spoke to Rivals.com’s Rob Cassidy ($) about his “recruiting tornado,” which included late offers and obviously a last-minute decision.
“My top three schools were Washington, Vanderbilt and Arizona. I went to my official visit to Washington for the Apple Cup. I loved my visit and the next day, after returning, [head coach Steve Sarkasian] left for USC. I tried to hang with Washington but the staff changed and I lost interest. So my next choice, Vanderbilt, started to have rumors of James Franklin leaving, which made me feel uneasy. Next thing you know, Franklin was gone. So my options were disappearing quickly.
“After the Semper Fi game, I got a ton of new interest and received over 10 new offers. So I opened up my recruiting. In the end, there are only four places in America I can play championship-level football and receive a first-class education. Florida is where I can do this, and I can work towards my pre-med degree at a place with an integrated teaching and research hospital. It was a perfect fit for me.”
According to Mike’s head coach at Sabino High School, Jay Campos, the Gators walked away with the prospect’s commitment by putting on a “full-court press [over] the last 24 hours. “He was a little bummed out to tell the Vanderbilt coaches but they understood,” Campos told the Arizona Daily Star, which first reported the player’s decision. “He’s very excited and is sure he made the right decision.”
Mike is Florida’s 22nd overall commitment and sixth offensive lineman pledge.