June 14, 2010

Joe gets one-on-one tutelage

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Despite the fact that there are several hundred different players at Florida this week taking part in the Gators football camp, Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson offensive guard Errin Joe was among a handful of top linemen who received some up-close and personal instruction with UF offensive line coach Steve Addazio.

"Coach Addazio got five of us together, a full offensive line, all from different places - one was from Delaware (four-star offensive tackle Trip Thurman) - and went through the same practice he would put his offensive linemen through if it was a regular Florida practice," said Joe.

"It took about an hour and a half, to two hours. We put in a lot of work. Went over a lot of technique and how they do things at the University of Florida."

Joe then went a little more in-depth as to what he learned on Saturday.

"What he really taught us was the difference between the technique we use in high school where we're bigger than everybody else and the technique we're going to need to use when we get to the college level. In high school we're bigger and stronger than everybody so we use more of our upper-body, but when we get to that level, we're going to have to use our legs more.

"He said I have a lot of acceleration. He liked how I move my feet, but said I need to work on staying low."

The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder had coaches beating a path to Lake Gibson High School over the spring, and is now up to 22 offers total.

The Gators are one of the lone holdouts. However, that could be changing.

"Coach Addazio told me that all the coaches are going to go through an evaluation next Saturday and decide then who they are going to offer after that."

Up next for Joe is a trip to Atlanta to check out Georgia Tech on June 25.

Not long afterward, he'll begin to formulate some sort of leader board.

"In a week or so I'm going to start narrowing this thing down," said Joe. "It's getting almost to the point where we're going to have to start eliminating folks [colleges]. What we're going to do is, as we eliminate a school we're going to do it the right way. We're not just going to cut them off, we're going to send them a letter thanking them for their interest, but tell them no thank you."

At this point he doesn't have a feel for what that final leader board will look like, but the shifting of teams among conferences has grabbed his attention.

"I am paying attention to that. I've been watching ESPN and my dad has been talking about it - how the shakeup is really going to bring a change not only to those teams, but to college football itself.

"I don't think it will effect me too much," explained Joe. "Football is still going to be football. You still have to go out on Saturday and compete. I don't think it will play an intricate role in my process, but you want to go somewhere where you know you're going to be winning and playing in bowl games."




 

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