Gators make 4-star OT Fletcher Westphal's top 5, will get official visit

On3 imageby:Keith Niebuhr04/30/23


Fletcher Westphal, the touted 4-star offensive tackle from Leesburg (Va.) Tuscarora and a major Florida target, told Gators Online last week “My top five determines my (official visits).”

Sunday, he released that top five.

And, it’s good news for the Gators as Florida made the cut.

Also making his list: Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia.

Tweeted Westphal: “Grateful for the relationships I’ve built over the last year. Thank you to every coach that has poured into me. I can’t thank you enough.”

Gators Online has confirmed Florida will get an official.

Westphal, listed at 6-foot-8 and 295 pounds, is the No. 17 tackle nationally according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

He is high on many recruiting boards, including the one belonging to Florida. Westphal has made two known visits to Gainesville, most recently in March.

He told Gators Online the love from Florida is consistent. 

The Gators have recruited Westphal extremely hard

“Florida has been all gas, no brakes since they offered me back in the fall,” Westphal said. “They visited twice in January and Tuesday (offensive line coach Rob Sale) was back. On top of the visits, lots of mail comes to my house every couple of weeks and I get texts almost every day. I know I am a priority recruit based on all their actions.”

Sale and Florida’s other offensive line coach, Darnell Stapleton, seem to have made a good impression on Westphal — and Westphal previously said he liked the Gators’ two-coach approach for the line.

“ I like both Coach Sale and Stapleton and their coaching style,” Westphal said Wednesday. “I got to see them in action at spring practice.”

Florida’s persistence now is paying dividends.

Now that Westphal has named his top five, he plans to begin taking official visits soon. He’s in the process of scheduling those officials and its seems probable they will come in June.

 “My goal is to commit before my senior season so I can focus on my season and school,” he said.

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