The Gators got things rolling quickly on Friday night. With the 7on7 passing tournament as part of the camp setting, the Gators hosted quite a few big time football programs to be a part of the tournament. Miami Booker T Washington won the tournament this year, the perennial power is always an exciting team to watch. But Miami Carol City, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, Hallandale, Deerfield Beach, and Jacksonville Raines are some of the very big names in high school football in-state and all were part of the 16 team tournament.
From the tournament came two big offers. Cornerback Aaron Robinson is a 2016 prospect that missed his junior year because of a shoulder injury. I hear that locals know this prospect is the real deal and it will become public when he gets some game time as a senior. The other offer came from teammate and 2017 receiver Lavarus Tigner. Tigner is an electric receiver and another star in the making.
Shortly after the camp, both of these Deerfield Beach players pulled the trigger for the gators and committed.
On Saturday, 2017 star defensive end Zachary Carter of Tampa Hillsborough received an offer when he was just on a visit with the Unsigned Preps tour bus that brought about 80 prospects into camp or just visit. The Tampa based group does their best to get high school prospects in front of top programs and get the scholarship offers flowing.
The other offer that went out on Saturday was to 2018 tight end Jermaine Eskridge of Tampa Jefferson. At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Eskridge has a wide frame and three years of high school football left to put on the weight for college. He looks to be big time.
Two was the magic number this weekend and the Gators added two more offers from camp on Sunday, making it six for the weekend. Hot shot 4-star 2017 quarterback Hunter Johnson of Brownsburg (Ind.) Goes 6-foot-3 and 197 pounds showed off his arm in camp. He later received an offer from the Gators.
Finally as we have told you for a while now, the gators want a kicker in the class. On Sunday, Eddy Pineiro, a junior college kicker from ASA College in Miami, travelled from camp at Alabama on Saturday to Gainesville. He got an offer he wanted. It is the first offer for the rocket legged kicker and he is supposed to be making a quick decision about where he wants to go to school.
Plenty of other big time prospects
The offers weren’t the only big thing coming out camp. In just three days, the staff has hosted a slew of big time athletes. We don’t have them all, but this is a taste of some of the top talent that has been here since Friday.
Florida committed running back Lamical Perine was on hand. You can really appreciate what Florida is getting in Perine when you actually meet him in person. He looks like the real deal even before he puts the pads on.
The wide receiver group was something else. Florida commits Rick Wells , Joshua Hammonds, and Isaiah Johnson all participated in the 7on7 tournament with their high school teams. Other 2016 stars included Citra North Marion athletic receiver Freddie Swain and Deerfield Beach dynamo Cavin Ridley.
At tight end, we had the offer for Eskridge, but also maybe the to tight end on the 2017 board for Florida in Tre McKitty of Tampa Catholic.
The quality was high on the offensive line as both the top tackle in the state for the 2016 class in Marcus Tatum of Daytona Beach mainland and the top guard in-state in the form of Stewart Reese of Ft. Pierce Central were both at the linemen camp this weekend.
Defensive end was well represented with 2016 Jacksonville Raines Gator commitment JaQuan Bailey. Mobile, Alabama native 4-star defensive end Darius Whitfield also made the journey o Gainesville and had a good time. We already mentioned future 2017 star Zachary Carter visited as well.
A couple of safeties from the state of Alabama were also on hand. Justin Hosea-Williams is teammates with running back Perine at Theodora High School. And 2017 star Ken Handy-Holly of Jackson Alabama turned some heads and may be in line for an offer very soon.
Finally the cornerback position was chock full of talent as well, led by current commitment Chauncey Gardner of Cocoa, and the new commitment of Aaron Robinson.
One key visitor on Saturday was Dade City Pasco corner Jayvaughn Myers. He is a prospect that is getting everyone’s attention these days. East Bay corner K.J. Sails is a name to not forget. He can do it all and will be back to camp later in the month and try and earn a scholarship.
Last but definitely not least. Miami commitment and 4-star athlete McArthur Burnett arrived late on Sunday and will actually camp on Monday. This one bears watching as we move forward and the Gators like him at corner.
If the rest of the camo is anything like the first three days, things are going to be as exciting as ever in recruiting circles.