Expert talks about Cali Gators Prospects

Every few years the Gators seem to make a dip all the way to the West coast and pull a prospect from California. This year is as good as any and the talent in the state is at a high right now. With that in mind, we asked national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins about three primos… 5-star athlete Adoree Jackson, 4-star linebacker Dwight Williams, and 4-star tight end Bryce Dixon.

Greg Biggins has been in the recruiting business a long time an is well respected among his peers. Based on the West coast, he is on top of the game with the prospects in the area and can provide his thoughts on the three star players.

Florida desperately need to add speed and play making ability to the offensive side of the ball and while Adoree Jackson is listed as the #3 cornerback nationally on, the Gators are coming at the Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra HS senior hard and showing the need and that he's that guy that can put it in the end zone when he touches the ball.

The talent is easy to see with Jackson.

"Adoree has taken his game to another level, which I didn't think was possible at the HS level," Biggins told "He's even more explosive as an athlete and would probably rival DeAnthony Thomas (Oregon Duck) as the most explosive playmaker to come out of CA in the last five years. He has played a lot more receiver this year and looks like a man playing with boys and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball."

The Gators seemed to have the inside track with Jackson, but that could be a little muddled right now according to Biggins.

"I think the rumors about Adoree leaning to Florida earlier in the year were definitely true," Biggins said. "He loved the football program but the big thing was the track program was doing a great job recruiting him. In recent weeks in talking to those close to him, Florida is still very much a player, top 3 on his list at worst but not sure they're considered the leader, simply because I don't think he has one now. He loved his visit to LSU and they'll be in it until the end. I have heard it's likely he leaves the west but USC and UCLA are still trying as well."

Florida would also like to sign one linebacker and that position has not been filled in the recruiting class. Jackson's teammate Dwight Williams is high on the list, but Biggins says he believes Williams can be better.

"Dwight looks about the same," the expert said about Williams improvement from a season ago. "He'll flash his quickness and play making skills but the knock on Dwight all year has been his effort. He looks disinterested at times and the two linebackers playing next to him have been the ones making more plays."


The Gators seem to really be in the mix for the outside linebacker.

"Williams is a tough read but the feeling is Florida and UCLA are the top two right now," Biggins said. "He has played things pretty close to the vest and hasn't scheduled any other official visits other than the spur of the moment visit he took to Oklahoma. A big question to ask, is will Florida have a spot for Williams left when he decides to make his decision? He could wait until close to Signing Day or do it at the Army All-American game, no one close to him has any idea so it's up in the air right now."

Finally, Florida has shown a desperate need at tight end in 2013. They have been on several of them throughout the recruiting process. One of the best is Bryce Dixon of Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure. The 6-foot-2, 220 pound Dixon would be a nice remedy for bog position of need.

"Bryce has been a little banged up as a senior but when he has played, he has looked exceptional," Biggins said. "He looks bigger, stronger and faster and is the most athletic tight end out West. He has great hands and is capable of stretching the field as well as being a dependable third and short pass catcher who you can go to pick up a 1st down. He plays like a big receiver and will always be a more affective player catching the ball rather than being used as a blocker."

Along recruiting lines, it does seem that the Gators have a big uphill battle for Dixon.

"Dixon has consistently said he will likely stay close to home with USC and UCLA being the odds on favorites," Biggins said. "He did take an official visit to Oregon and loved it there and said the Ducks are definitely in the mix. Florida looks good for an official visit and will definitely give him a lot to think about but distance will ultimately play a big role in this one."

The Gators continue to recruit nationally and we will continue with our look at the big time prospects in the eyes of our experts. Stay tuned for more.

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