5-star OT Nicholas-Petit Frere discusses mystery recruitment, recent Florida visit

Florida Gators recruiting-Nicholas Petit-Frere

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Nicholas Petit-Frere now a 5-star recruit

There’s a new recruit sitting atop the player rankings for offensive tackles in the Class of 2018.

Nicholas Petit-Frere, who attends Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Fla., is now the nation’s No. 1-ranked OT and has been bumped up to a 5-star rating by 247Sports. He’s also a top-10 overall prospect.

Programs from across the country have the 6-foot-6, 272-pound Petit-Frere at or near the top of their overall recruiting board for this cycle. SEC Country knows of at least three league coaches who view him as a future first-round pick in the NFL Draft.

Petit-Frere hasn’t let the hype go to his head. In fact, he can’t even tell you how many scholarship offers he has.

“I’m sorry. I’m not sure,” Petit-Frere said when asked. “It’s whatever. I’m very humble to have all the offers I have. As long as I have one, I’m very grateful.”

No, that’s not a humble brag or a conceited kid. Petit-Frere is the real deal.

He shows humility and modesty with every word and he thinks before opening his mouth. And yes, he keeps things close to the vest and doesn’t give away anything about his recruitment.

Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame are considered the top contenders for Petit-Frere, who holds more than two dozen offers. However, he isn’t ready to name a leader or even a group of favorites.

“A lot of schools have tried to say good things about me and they’re very nice and thoughtful,” Petit-Frere said. “There’s no one I can really say who hasn’t done a good job recruiting me. They all have.

“Their job is to make sure that they recruit good players and I’m very grateful that they think I can be one of those players. I’m just trying to make sure that I enjoy the process to the best of my abilities, see everything I can and make a very informed decision.”

That attitude is one reason why coaches think so highly of Petit-Frere. It’s not just about his talent. He has the physical skill set and the mental makeup to be the face of a college program and potentially an NFL franchise.

Petit-Frere told SEC Country after his spring game he planned to take several visits this summer and did just that, hitting up Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio State over the last two months. He checked out the Gators on July 22 and met with UF coach Jim McElwain and offensive line coach Brad Davis, his primary recruiter.

“It was a good trip,” Petit-Frere said of his Florida visit. “We just went around the campus and talked to a few coaches. We talked to Coach Davis and Coach McElwain. They were excited to have me on campus and they were just expressing how happy they were that I came up to see them.”

“It’s close to home and we thought it would be a good chance to go and do a little more research on Florida. [The school has] great facilities, great people, it was just great overall.”

Petit-Frere took his recruiting process slow in the spring and still has more left to do, such as official visits this fall and dinners at his house with the likes of McElwain and Nick Saban.

The Under Armour All-American will “most likely” commit after his senior season, and he’ll make that decision with the guidance of his mother and high school school, Dominick Ciao.

“There’s a lot of factors,” Petit-Frere said. “My mom told me to make sure I take care of my academics. So I just want to make sure that if I go anywhere, I get a good education and I finish with a degree.”

Miss a previous Gator Chomps notebook? Find every daily recap of Florida Gators recruiting right here.

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