The biggest recruit in the high school class of 2014, National High School Record holder Caeleb Dressel, has added one more school into the mix for his services next year: the University of Florida.
The Gators join a lineup that includes Florida State, Auburn, Texas, and Tennessee on his list of five official visits.
Gregg Troy’s program, though not usually thought of as a hot-bed for sprint freestylers, has a surprisingly impressive history of producing fast 50 and 100 freestylers. That includes names like Brad deBorde, who is the school record holder in the 50 and a senior this year, and the Fraser Brothers. DeBorde should compete for a top three spot at NCAA’s in the 50 this year.
There’s also Florida’s incredible history in the 200 free; they’re so good in that race that Ryan Lochte is only 4th on the school’s all-time list, and this year could get jumped by Pawel Werner and Sebastien Rousseau. Dressel has suddenly become the top 200 freestyle recruit in the country as well, to go with everything else he’s done well; the same goes for the butterflies, where Florida is arguably the best program in the country right now.
At this weekend’s Florida 2A High School State Championship meet, Dressel won four state titles and went lifetime bests in the 200 free (1:34.69), and the 50 free leading off a relay (19.29). The latter of those swims was a new USA Swimming National Age Group Record and National High School Record. He was also a 45.9 in the 100 fly and a 43.3 in the 100 free leading off the 400 free relay.