West Orange crew visits Gators

One of the fastest rising programs with elite talent in the state of Florida is Winter Garden West Orange High School. This year the Warriors are loaded and a trio of their best players visited Gainesville on Friday. We caught up with them after the visit.

Quarterback Woody Barrett is a dual threat star with all the tools to be a dynamic play caller at the next level. Barrett likes the style of offense that Florida plays and talked a little about his time in Gainesville on Friday.

“It was pretty cool,” Barrett said. “I really enjoyed watching practice and talking to the coaches. Yes, I like the style of offense.”

Florida head coach Jim McElwain is all about getting the best play makers the ball and with Barrett you have a guy that can damage a defense in different ways. Barrett is a guy they would like to get a hold of and do something with.

“They talked to me about how they could use a guy like me and how I can become a good player.”

He spent the day getting to know what the school and program was about and meeting up with a familiar friend from back home.

“I learned they are a good school,” Barrett said. “I talked to Marcell Harris. He’s the same ole dude, nothing changed.”

When asked what he would like to see more of, Barrett says that he didn’t get to see the living conditions which are being renovated for the fall anyway.

“I want to see more of the dorms and living area… stuff like that,” he said.


Stone Forsythe is a big offensive tackle at West Orange that is starting to pick up steam in recruiting circles. Forsythe also visited with his teammates and got an eyeful at practice Friday afternoon.

“We started spring break today, so it was a good way to start spring break, come out and watch practice, and see the offensive line,” Forsythe said.

Forsythe and his teammates visited big time programs Auburn and Alabama last weekend and was asked what he thought was different at Florida compared to the other two.

“The big difference is its closer to home and I’ve grown up a Gator fan,” he said.

With no more visits lined up right now, Forsythe said the most eye popping thing for him on the trip was the number of scholarship linemen Florida has right now (7).

“I really noticed that they are short on linemen,” he said.


Receiver Eddie McDoom is a play maker extraordinaire. Catching balls from Barrett ad doing his thing is why he has a ton of scholarship offers, including from Florida. He made the trip to Gainesville as well.

“It went really good,” McDoom said of the trip and chance to see Florida’s offense live under the new leadership.

He was impressed at the speed of everything on the field and the back and forth with the Florida staff. He was able to meet and talk with new receiver coach Kerry Dixon.

“Yeah, the fast tempo practice stood out and the coaches are really fun to be around,” he said. “Coach Dixon is really cool to talk to.”

There was a lot to like about the Florida offense including the chance to play early and the way the staff expressed to him they would use the best play makers.

The talent is good, but I think I would have a good chance of getting playing time,” McDoom said. “They put their go-to receivers in 1-on-1 spots and give them chances to make big plays.”

McDoom recently declared Alabama as his leader after the visit last weekend. But, it isn’t over for Florida who he admitted he was fond of before last weekend. He says of the Gators, “I think they still stand on the same level.”

Florida will continue to push into talent rich schools like West Orange and we will continue to cover this program on Scout.com.

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