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Nicholas Petit-Frere talks Florida
The recruiting process will soon heat up for Nicholas Petit-Frere.
The 5-star offensive tackle from Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.) has decided to officially visit Alabama, Florida and Ohio State in the coming weeks, according to Bill Kurelic of 247Sports. Petit-Frere already has visited Michigan and Notre Dame.
Petit-Frere last visited UF on July 22 and told SEC Country he wants to see “everything” the program has to offer.
“I got a chance to see most of the school the last few times I’ve been,” Petit-Frere said of Florida. “I want to see how they treat their academics, what they’re doing with football and what their future is with the new coaches. Then just checking out Florida as a whole and being around the players.”
The in-state Gators have been heavily involved in his recruitment throughout the process, but they experienced staff turnover in 2017 and now have Dan Mullen at the helm.
Petit-Frere said he was impacted by the departures of former UF coach Jim McElwain and offensive line coach Brad Davis, but not enough to lose interest in Florida.
“It’s kind of like 50-50 with me,” Petit-Frere said when asked if the coaching changes affected him. “I had a good relationship with them, but that kind of thing happens in college football. Coaches come and leave, so you have to deal with that.”
Petit-Frere has been in contact with Mullen and will host him on an in-home visit this month. Mullen inherits a team that went 4-7 last season, but Petit-Frere believes the first-year coach can have success with the Gators.
“It’s still Florida. It’s still a great football program,” Petit-Frere said. “I’m just researching the new coaches and what’s going on there, what’s changing and what’s the same.
“I’m just going to start learning about Coach Mullen and the new program at Florida. I’ve talked to him a little bit. He told me he was very grateful that he got a chance to come back to Florida and make his own legacy.”
The 6-foot-6, 272-pound Petit-Frere has also met with new UF offensive line coach John Hevesy. He left a positive first impression on the Under Armour All-American.
“He seems like a really good coach, an NFL-type. He has good pedigree,” Petit-Frere said of Hevesy. “He thinks he can do a lot for me as a college football player as far as getting me to the next level. You can never promise anyone NFL success. You can only promise that you’ll make sure they are stabilized at your school and taken care of. I was very grateful and appreciate that he talked to me about that.”
Petit-Frere is ranked the nation’s No. 3 offensive tackle and No. 17 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings. He will likely make his decision on National Signing Day.
“At the end of the day, it will come down to what I feel is best for me,” Petit-Frere said. “I’m just going to see how it rolls and go from there. I’m trying to learn about all the schools recruiting me before I commit.”
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