Lakeland duo productive at FNL

They occupy the same backfield at Lakeland Christian and class of 2015 quarterback Christian Alexander and running back T.J. Simmons are two guys that will be on the tops of a lot of college football program's wish lists before all is said and done. Both performed at Friday Night Lights in Gainesville and again grabbed the attention of the Gator coaching staff.

Christian Alexander is a strong armed athletic quarterback that sees the entire field and relies on a deftly accurate arm to make mincemeat out of opposing defenses. With Florida offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Brent Pease away from the scene and stuck in Alaska, only Florida head coach Will Muschamp was there to talk to the quarterbacks at the camp.

Muschamp has been impressed with Alexander for quite some time now.

"I did real well," Alexander said of his own camp performance. "I made good throws and Coach Muschamp said I did well.

"I went up to his office before the camp and he told me they aren't going to offer anybody (in the class of 2015) before the season and until about mid-season."

Nothing has changed in terms of Alexander who has been a Florida fan all of his life. He knows he will have to continue to work to win the favor of the coaching staff of the Gators.

"I like it a lot here," he said. "I just need to keep working and getting better."

Things are a little different for running back T.J Simmons. Simmons came to camp last month and walked away with an offer from the Gators. He holds offers from all UF, Miami, and Florida State as well.

The Gators continue to make an impression on Simmons.

"I really enjoy the process of being here and being recruited, I just wanted to enjoy it," Simmons said of his time at Friday night Lights. "They already offered me so we mainly want to keep going in that relationship. I want to keep the process going and enjoy it. I want to keep visiting and stay in touch."

Brian White coaches running backs at Florida and has also made a favorable impression on Simmons.

"Coach White is a great coach, I love him," The class of 2015 speedster said. "He tells me what I need to work on and he tells me what I am doing well at and that is what I love about Coach White.

Florida cranks up the music at Friday Night Lights. They have the highlight film from last season on the jumbo screen at the stadium. They try to make the atmosphere one that the prospects love and want to continue to flock to.


T.J. Simmons

Simmons said the thought of commiting was something that crossed his mind during the night.

"It ran through my mind all the time," he said about the time he spent on the turf at Florida Field. "I was out there under the lights with my parents and the fans and just the great atmosphere that Florida brings. (But,) I am just going to keep my options open for the moment and keep enjoying the process."

His plans are pretty simple and two teams seem to be front runners right now. His mother ran track for Clemson and is a big fan of the program there. Florida is a team he grew up liking and is close, so…

"I am going to see some Clemson games to get a chance to go out of state and visit with my mom," he said. "I will definitely go to some Florida games. I am going to the opening game against Toledo."

Four teams are at the top of the pack right now.

"Mainly Louisville, Florida, Auburn, and Clemson," he said. "I grew up a Miami fan, but it kind of changed when Florida came around and all the Tebow years."

The 6-0, 185 speedster is as fast as anyone on the field and is only a junior-to-be. The night brought him a lot to think about, but he says he took a lot oaway from the teaching, especially from Brian White.

"A night like tonight was great for the learning," he said. "I learned about my position and the X's and O's with Coach White. He's a great coach so I appreciated his teaching and working with me."


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