It was National Signing Day last Wednesday as the Florida Gators baseball class signed the majority of their 2020 recruiting class. One of their commits that signed their National Letter of Intent was shortstop Colby Halter. The Bishop Kenny middle infielder is one of the top high prospects in his class. He’s the 73rd ranked prospect and 15th ranked shortstop in the 2020 recruiting cycle. Halter also got the opportunity to represent his country and played for the United States National 18U Baseball Team. Colby Halter made his verbal commitment early in high school career and always stayed solid with the Gators. Here is what Gators signee Colby Halter had to say about his recruitment and the Florida Gators.
Sport News Magazine: When did Florida first get in contact with you?
Colby Halter: The fall during my freshman year. I started talking to Coach Bell and Coach O’Sullivan.
SNM: What did they say to you?
CH: Basically asked if I wanted to come on a visit. They came and watched me play a couple of times. I’d been a Gator fan my entire life so I was super excited.
SNM: When did you receiver your offer from Florida?
CH: Right around Halloween of my freshman year.
SNM: When did you commit to Florida?
CH: It was about a week after Halloween so early November.
SNM: What about Florida made you want to commit so quickly?
CH: I loved the campus, coaches, and honestly I’ve known I wanted to be a Gator ever since I was a little kid. I grew up watching guys like AJ Puk, Austin Maddox, Matt Den Dekker play for Florida and loved everything about Gator baseball. It would’ve felt worn to wear any other jersey.
SNM: What other schools were recruiting you?
CH: FSU, Virginia, Alabama, Vanderbilt and LSU.
SNM: What schools were at the top of your recruitment?
CH: Florida, Florida State and Virginia.
SNM: Which Florida coach was the one that recruited you the hardest?
CH: Coach Craig Bell. He definitely leads our recruiting and I talked to him the most for sure.
SNM: What was his message to you?
CH: Basically that if you want to come win championships and better yourself as a player there’s no better place than Florida to do that. The SEC is the best conference by far, and I wanted to be a part of all that.
SNM: When did you take your official visit to Florida?
CH: Last weekend with all of the other commits for the Vanderbilt game.
SNM: How did your official visit go?
CH: It was a lot of fun. We got to meet a lot of the players and being on campus for a big game day was cool.
SNM: What did you do while on campus?
CH: We had a nice dinner Friday night in the O’Connell Center. We got to tour the new stadium, and then went on the sideline for the football game on Saturday.
SNM: How did it feel to finally sign with Florida?
CH: It was a long time coming. It felt great to make it official after four years of being committed.
SNM: What’s next for you now that you’ve ended your recruitment?
CH: Just time to focus on this spring and keep busting my tail in the weight room, cage and on the field.
SNM: If you make it to campus, what kind of player should Florida fans expect out of you?
CH: A player that will give his full effort during every single practice, every single pitch in the game, and always work as hard as possible to help our team win. I’m hoping to put up some big numbers for the Orange and Blue and win a ton of games as a team. It’s going to be an extremely fun next few years and Gator Baseball has a lot to look forward to!