Multitude of Offers
The 6’5″ 250-pound defensive end held 14 offers from schools across the country. Six SEC schools — Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina and Vanderbilt — offered Searcy, as well as historic programs such as Clemson and Michigan.
Florida offered Searcy in February, and he made an unofficial visit to campus in March. After that, Searcy took his official visit to Florida on June 10.
— Inside the Gators (@InsideTheGators) June 27, 2022
History of Elite Defense
The four-star Georgia native is ranked No. 153 in the 2023 class. Florida outside linebackers coach, Mike Peterson, is credited with leading the recruitment of Searcy.
Entering his first season coaching for the Gators, Peterson has already secured two top-200 prospects. Furthermore, Peterson is well-aware of Florida’s long-standing tradition of elite defenses. He earned All-American honors in 1996 as a linebacker for the Gators. Furthermore, Peterson helped lead Florida to the 1996 National Championship as a team captain.
— Florida Gators Football (@GatorsFB) January 6, 2022
The relationship Peterson built with Searcy proved to be a big factor in his decision. In an interview with AllGators in February, Searcy spoke on Peterson’s relationship with him.
“Coach Peterson, I’d say he was one of the first college coaches to ever text me, for real, as far as texting me consistently. We’ve got a good relationship, me and coach Peterson. I love his resume. A lot of coaches, like, they’ve coached at the next level but they haven’t necessarily played at the next level the way he did.”
Searcy is the 9th commit for Coach Billy Napier’s 2023 class. He and Sharif Denson are the most recent recruits to commit to the Gators. Florida has the opportunity to welcome more top prospects to Gainesville, such as Derrick LeBlanc and Zavion Hardy.