Ole Miss signee not impressed with Florida’s football facilities during recruiting process

Jim McElwain has made it a priority to improve football facilities since he became the Gators’ head coach in December 2014.

A photo of the indoor practice facility posted on Twitter by the University of Florida on Thursday.
A photo of the indoor practice facility posted on Twitter by the University of Florida before it opened.

The Gators added a $17 million indoor practice facility and renovated a set of athletic dorms in 2015. The school also used $25 million to build a new state-of-the-art academic center for athletes. But Florida apparently still has a long way to go.

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In a Q&A with SEC Country, 2016 four-star tight end and Ole Miss signee Jacob Mathis admitted he was disappointed with Florida’s football facilities when he visited Gainesville.

Here’s what the Tampa-Berkeley Prep product said to SEC Country:

Q: Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting?

A: Probably Florida, honestly.

Q: Why’s that?

A: Just going through their past history and stuff, I thought they would’ve had a nicer indoor earlier on, and their weight room is shared by all sports. They don’t have just a football weight room.

McElwain knows Florida still has room to improve on its facilities. During spring practice in March, McElwain said the program is now working toward improving “the operations piece,” which includes locker rooms, training rooms and meeting rooms, among other things.

“We have a long ways to go,” McElwain said. “Here’s the good thing. We’re moving in that direction and it’s good to see people are open to listening and open to look and see what we need to do ahead for a long time to come.”


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