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May 28, 2011

First & 10: Tevin Westbrook

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Before they report to campus in June, the incoming freshman from the Florida Gators' 2011 recruiting class are sitting down with InsidetheGators.com to answer 10 questions about the latest happenings in their lives, what the recruiting process was like for them and what they are currently doing to prepare themselves for their future at the University of Florida.

Up today is Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest defensive end Tevin Westbrook.

InsidetheGators.com: Looking back, would you change anything about the recruiting process?

Westbrook: "Some of the schools that I cancelled out earlier and the way I went about my visits. I would have brought my family to a lot more [schools] and taken other things into consideration when I visited and built a better relationship with some of the coaches."

InsidetheGators.com: What was your favorite part about the recruiting process and what was the worst?

Westbrook: "My favorite would be going to see so many schools and enjoying myself, taking it all in. The worst would be the decision of which school I was going to and the calls every night from the different coaches. The harassment, basically."

InsidetheGators.com: Why did you end up picking Florida?

Westbrook: "Just because I felt like it was a great academic school and athletic-wise, too. I feel like any school I go to, if I got hurt, I want to have a good academic background."

InsidetheGators.com: When are you reporting to UF and what are your plans between now and then?

Westbrook: June 20th. I am just working out as much as I can and just basically staying focused and keeping in shape until then. I have a workout plan that they gave me.

InsidetheGators.com: What are your goals as a freshman?

Westbrook: "I just want to get better, learn the defense, and get on the field as soon as possible. If not this year then [by] my sophomore year."

InsidetheGators.com: Is there a certain number you are hoping to wear?

Westbrook: "90, 89 or 99. They were high school numbers, and I want to stick with that."

InsidetheGators.com: Are you close with any of the other incoming freshmen?

Westbrook: "I'm close with one or two of them who live in the area, I'm cool with them - Jacoby Brissett and Marcus Roberson."

InsidetheGators.com: Tell us something that Gator Nation may not know about you.

Westbrook: "Just because I'm not as high[ly ranked] as every other recruit may be, I'm more than likely going to come in and make a difference."

InsidetheGators.com: How much Gator gear have you bought since you committed?

Westbrook: "I haven't really bought anything, but my mom and my father, they've bought a lot. They've bought some shirts and a couple of hats. I've got like five hats now."

InsidetheGators.com: What has been your impression on the new coaching staff?

Westbrook: "They're incredible, honestly. The coaching staff that was put together is phenomenal. They're bringing a lot of NFL knowledge to Florida, so just by learning from them, they can help me become as good as I want to get."

NOTES

- Westbrook said he is in great academic standing and that "everything is taken care of" on that front.
- He does not know who his roommate is going to be but is anticipating finding out.
- Westbrook's offer from Florida came after Will Muschamp took over and the head coach offered him personally. However, he does not remember exactly when it was extended.
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