Florida has had its share of top quarterbacks over time. The Gators however find themselves in a precarious situation after the 2015 season and will have two or less scholarship quarterbacks available for the following year. Signing at least one big arm for the 2016 class is imperative and that is what the coaching staff at Florida sees in Dillon Sterling-Cole.
The young man also sees an opportunity at Florida, one that has really grabbed his interest.
“I feel like it could be a place where I could flourish as a player,” Sterling-Cole said Tuesday. “My relationship with the coaching staff is great. I like their tradition, and the fan base is amazing.”
He says that he talks to McElwain and offensive coordinator / quarterback coach Doug Nussmeier the most with his recruitment and the two aren’t short on the accolades thrown his way.
“They say I’m a great decision maker, I take care of the ball, have real pocket presence, accurate, and a strong arm,” Sterling-Cole said of the Gator coaches. “They just really love my game.”
Sterling-Cole says that despite Florida’s intense need for getting a quarterback locked up, they aren’t exercising any pressure on the situation. He also likes the honesty he gets from the Gator staff.
“No sir,” he said about pressure. “They have just been really cool with everything. I like how they are straight forward with me. If they were trying to just sell a dream than I wouldn’t be as interested as I am now.”
With a top 10 list coming out near the end of the month he would like to make a final decision at The Opening or by early in his senior season. He says before that decision he and receiver teammate Tyrie Cleveland will visit Gainesville and knows what he wants to see when he does visit.
“I think early in the summer, Tyrie and I will visit,” Sterling-Cole said. “I am looking forward to seeing the facilities and being around the coaches. Really being able to see what Florida has to offer.”
In the end, Sterling-Cole knows what he will be looking for when he makes his final decision on a school.
“The factors that I’m basing my final decision on will be playing time, education (Engineering), what I can do within the system, and a place I can build my own legacy,” he said. “I also want somewhere my family will enjoy visiting, and also a place I can call home.”
He’s a very important part of the recruiting puzzle for the Gators. We will continue to stay on top of the process for Sterling-Cole.