The Florida Gators baseball program added another top 100 2021 prospect to their #2 ranked recruiting class. Miami Christian High School catcher Rene Lastres announced last Monday that he had committed to the University of Florida. On Perfect Game, Lastres is the 69th ranked prospect and the fifth ranked catcher in the country. Lastres is also the 15th ranked prospect and third ranked catcher in the state of Florida. Miami Christian is one of the top high school programs in the state of Florida filled with D1 talent like Rene Lastres and Miami RHP signee Alejandro Rosario. Here is what Rene Lastres had to say about the University of Florida and his recruitment.
Sport News Magazine: What led to your decision on committing to the Florida Gators?
Rene Lastres: The University of Florida has always been my dream school. I just went to visit the school and just fell in love with their great coaches, beautiful facilities and the best baseball there is.
SNM: What else intrigued you about UF?
RL: Just the opportunity of how playing for a great team and getting the chance to go to Omaha and win the National Championship.
SNM: During the recruiting process, what other schools were recruiting you?
RL: A couple of ACC and Big 12 schools and FIU (previously committed)
SNM: What were your top schools before committing to Florida?
RL: My top schools were Florida, Oklahoma State, NC State and Wake Forest but UF was the only school I wanted to go to.
SNM: When did you get your offer from the Florida Gators?
RL: Monday the 13th.
SNM: What was your reaction when they offered you?
RL: I was very excited to get offered by my dream school and I knew I wanted to commit but I wanted to talk it over with my family first.
SNM: Which Florida coach did you have the most communication with?
RL: Coach Chuck Jeroloman and Kevin O’Sullivan.
SNM: What was their message to you?
RL: They told me about how they can help me get better and the new facilities that are being built.
SNM: Now that you’ve committed to the Florida Gators, are you officially shutting down your recruitment?
RL: Yes of course. Only for college though.