When five-star power forward Chris Walker committed to the Florida Gators a couple of weeks ago, Schuyler Rimmer wasn’t exactly sure what that meant for him and his position with the Florida Gators. Rimmer was okay playing with Walker in any scenario, but did the Gators have a vision of the two playing together.
Rimmer visited Florida on Wednesday and head coach Billy Donovan laid out a plan that included he and Walker and it was a plan that Rimmer liked. Rimmer acted on that plan Sunday morning with a call to Donovan.
“I talked to Coach Donovan this morning,” he said. “I called him and told him I wanted to commit. He was pretty excited and says he sees a bright future for me. He thinks I can go there and be very successful.”
The moment was an uplifting one for Rimmer who is fulfilling a lifelong dream.
“Having the opportunity to live out a dream is something a lot of people don’t get to say they can do,” he said. “I am still young and this early in my life to be able to accomplish something that I have dreamed about for so long, it really does mean a lot.
“The opportunity was something I couldn’t pass up. Both of my parents went to Florida, my aunt went to Florida, my uncle went to law school there.”
The plan for Rimmer is all about development. He has the tools and work ethic to be a great one, but he will need time in a college program to reach his potential. He understands that, and it further makes Florida the best fit for him.
“They plan they have for me is that I am going to develop over my career,” he said. “I have the opportunity at other places to play right away, but with Florida they put an emphasis on developing through my career and progressively getting better. I really felt that that was the fit I was looking for. It made it a good choice for me.”
With Walker coming on board, Patric Young possibly returning for his senior year, and the addition of two front court transfers in Damontre Harris and Dorian Finney-Smith, is only a positive for Rimmer.
“Competing against Patric and those other guys is really going to help me improve while I am there,” he said.
Assistants Matt McCall and John Pelphrey were keys in the recruitment of Rimmer. Pelphrey was able to relate his own circumstances at his age to make a good point for Rimmer to climb aboard the gator train.
“Coach McCall was recruiting me and Coach Pelphrey recently started recruiting me,” Rimmer said. “He and I bonded pretty well.
“Coach Pelphrey said he was in a similar situation as I was when he was recruited and he decided to stay at his home school. It really paid off in the long run. He credits a lot of his success to Coach Donovan. He thinks it is a situation that I can really be successful.”
When asked who he patterns his game after or his game resembles, Rimmer did not hesitate when answering.
“I play like (University of Indiana forward) Cody Zeller,” Rimmer said. “He’s a tough, hard-nosed, gritty player that gets it done on both sides of the court. He attacks on defense.”