Gators FNL Primer: The Defensive Backs

Florida hosts their top camp event of the year, Friday Night Lights, on Friday. The defensive backs may be low in number, but the quality at the top is off the charts.

SAFETIES

Quincy Lenton

The former commitment to Mississippi State Has been worked on in the recruiting circles by Florida Director of Player Personnel Drew Hughes. Lenton has decent size for the safety position, but is a great tweener that could be a terrific NICKEL player against quick receivers or a free roaming safety. He’s physical for his size and a terrific talent that the Gators are definitely high on.

Maleik Gray (2017)

Another of Drew Hughes’ prospects, this underclassman is one of the top 150 players in his class at any position. He’s got elite size and being young enough is likely to get bigger. Gray likes Florida State a lot in the recruiting process right now, so getting him on campus is a big deal.

Gentry Bonds (2017)

He’s one of several prospects from the state of Tennessee that Hughes is responsible for recruiting and has them visiting for Friday Night Lights. One that has flown under the radar at Scout, he’s highly rated on other networks. We will find out more about him Friday.

CORNERS

Chauncey Gardner

The leader in the club house in terms of rallying the troops for the Gators, Gardner has been on campus all week not only to prepare for Friday night Lights, bu to recruit various prospects that are arriving on campus and the staff wants to reel in. He’s fun to watch because he is super physical and he won’t back down. Having seen him a year ago and now I believe he has thinned down a little and runs smoother, and that should allow him to play corner at the next level… where the Florida staff wants him.

Aaron Robinson

By the time we get to midseason, Robinson could be the most underrated prospect in the 2016 class. He missed his junior year with an injury but has as much athleticism as any. I really want to watch him compete Friday night.

MCARTHUR BURNETTE

The Gators are on him hard and they would love to get him to commit sometime in the near future. He’s another big time athlete out of Pahokee that really could play on either side of the ball. He’s a former Miami commitment that will be spending a little time in Gainesville this week, Gardner will definitely be working on him.

Jayvaughn Myers

For a while he was known as the half-brother of 5-star receiver Nate Craig Myers, after the spring he was the hottest prospect in the state in terms of rising and really maybe the entire country. H will have another season to improve his stock in the rankings, but every college in the south wants Jayvaughn at this point and he has the elite athletic tools to be a great one.

Trayvon Mullen

He’s certainly one of the biggest stars at the cornerback position and has excellent size and athleticism to be great. It will be great to finally get him on campus and he should work out Friday night as well where the talent at receiver will be off the charts. He’s a competitive guy and although Florida is way behind on this one, they can make up serious ground especially since Gardner will be helping out.

DeAngelo Gibbs (2017)

Gibbs is a 5-star that really could play receiver or corner in college… or both. He’s exceptional either way because he has great size and elite athleticism. Getting this Peach State star to show up and compete at Friday night Lights is big time and although the Gators are behind, they have two years to work on this 2017 star.

Jaylon King (2018)

Already at 5-foot-11 and just entering the 10th grade, King already holds offers from the two in-state programs Vanderbilt and Tennessee. He’s athletic and has so much room for growth, it will be interesting watching him Friday against some of the elite talent at receiver expected on hand.

Asante Samuel JR. (2018)

With 21 offers in hand, the son of the NFL star by the same name will be headed to Florida Friday to earn one offer he doesn’t have yet. A future star wherever he goes, this is the kind of arena and opposing talent that should bring out the best in the young man.


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