Monday morning, four-star linebacker Raul Aguirre released a list of the six finalists in his recruitment. Florida was included among them, alongside Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas and Miami. He has been on campus in Gainesville on two occasions since being offered in March, with his official visit coming in early June.
Interacting in person with the Gators’ linebacking staff and personnel made a big difference for Aguirre. He told 247Sports that the team wasn’t in his top five schools prior to his official visit, but that changed after his time with the folks on Florida’s defensive squad. He called out Ventrell Miller as being the highlight after the veteran took time to be one of Aguirre’s on-campus hosts.
Scouting reports on Aguirre indicate that he’s a well-rounded prospect; carrying hard-hitting physicality on his 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound frame without sacrificing the ability to contribute in coverage as well. He seems to be a good candidate for reps early in his career.
It’s not going to be easy for Florida to beat out their competitors and seal the deal with the young linebacker. He’s a native of Miami according to his Twitter bio, which may give a boost to the ‘Canes who are already enjoying some momentum under Mario Cristobal’s watch. Georgia is a tempting offer for any defensive prospect after seeing what they were able to do last season. And Alabama’s brand is unassailable, a fact that they’ve leveraged with many a recruit in the past.
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