Five-star offensive guard Tedarrell Slaton has named a leader for in his recruitment.
With less than a month now to go until National Signing Day, the competition is heating up for teams to round out their classes on a high note.
One elite player several colleges are still trying to land is five-star offensive guard Tedarrell Slaton, the nation’s No. 34 overall player and No. 2 recruit at his respective position.
With his high school career now in the review mirror, the Plantation, Florida prospect is focused on evaluating the final teams in his recruitment – Baylor, Kentucky, Miami, Ole Miss and Florida.
As for the leader at this time, Slaton says “Florida is the team to beat.”
One factor weighing heavily in his recruitment is staying close enough to home to give his mom the opportunity to see him play.
“My mom doesn’t want to see me go out of state because she wants to see me play,” Slaton said. “It’s that, and it’s cold everywhere else. It’s not cold in Florida.”
Slaton has also gotten a good vibe from UF.
“It’s the hometown feel and over the past few weeks I have been talking to my mom and talking with my coaches.”
Slaton has an official visit planned for Florida on Jan. 20, two weeks before National Signing Day. He will also use the final month to check out some of the other teams previously mentioned, however nothing is set in stone at this time.
Slaton unofficially visited the nearby Hurricanes on Oct. 8, but other than that has been quiet as far as visits go.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 341 pounds, he’s built to make an immediate impact at the next level. There are areas for improvement in his game, specifically pass protection and footwork, but for a team like Florida looking to shore up its offensive line, landing Slaton could provide a huge boost heading into 2017 and beyond.