5-star DE Kayvon Thibideaux impressed by ‘intense’ Florida practices

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kayvon Thibodeaux, the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit, has wrapped up his two-day visit to Florida.

The 5-star defensive end from Oaks Christian High School (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) arrived in Gainesville on Friday and attended the first two practices of the Dan Mullen era.

“It was super fun. I really liked it,” Thibodeaux told SEC Country. “These coaches get after it. The practices are high tempo and they’re having fun. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty intense.”

Thibodeaux has visited the Sunshine State before, but this weekend was his first time at Florida. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect spent time with several coaches and staff members during his trip, which concluded with a meeting in Mullen’s office.

“Coach Mullen is honestly a great dude,” Thibodeaux said. “I respect him as a man. I respect his morals. It was actually a great experience to talk to him 1-on-1 and really find out who he is.”

During the sit-down, Thibodeaux was able to hold one of Florida’s national championship trophies and took a picture with Mullen (see above). The first-year Gators coach made a strong impression on him.

“He’s just straight forward,” Thibodeaux said of Mullen. “He’s not a used car salesman like most coaches are. He is who he is. There’s nothing to hide or under his sleeve. What you see is what you get. He’s probably one of the most honest and respectable men I’ve ever met.”

Thibodeaux said he will definitely make a return trip, most likely for a game. The nation’s top-ranked player added that he can see himself attending Florida after spending a couple days on campus.

“I can definitely spend my college years here,” Thibodeaux said. “Honestly, it’s a great place. It’s a real college town. The fans are crazy. It’s big-time football with great coaching.”

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