Gators FNL Primer: The Receivers

Of course they have to show up and perform, but if the list of receivers that show up for Friday Night Lights is even close to what is expected, then this should be a fun night in The Swamp.

The talent that should be on hand Friday at Florida crosses over classes as well. As much as we have talked about the richness of the 2016 class of in-state receivers, the group of guys at this event in the 2017 and one in the 2018 class may be just as good.

Here we go…

Rick Wells

The Gator commit was the first in the 2016 class to say yes to Jim McElwain and company. Everywhere he goes and plays football he wears his Gator gloves and shoes and shorts and despite that, some say he is ready to jump ship because of recent trips to South Carolina. The thing you notice about Wells is how physically developed he is and because of his physical play he is not afraid to go get the ball in traffic. He has good, maybe not great speed, but his size and speed combination make him a valuable asset.

Isaiah Johnson

Johnson flipped his commitment to Florida while ago and has stayed firm ever since, although a trip to see the Hurricanes right after his commitment caused some concern. Another long receiver and from another great program in the state, Johnson brings a lot of exciting tools to the table. It will be great seeing him compared with all the other elite talent on hand.

Nate Craig -Myers

He’s the number one receiver in the country and has a professional body to go along with tremendous play. Florida definitely has to make up ground here as Auburn and Florida State are in the lead, but they a re working hard on his half-brother and they have certainly shown him how much they want him.

Demetris Robertson

He’s a terrific two-way player that could go on either side of the ball, but I think most see him on the offensive side. I picture him as a faster Stefon Diggs and expect that type of play out of Robertson whenever he shows up on the field.

Binjemin Victor

I think most would consider him the top target in terms of wht they are looking for and the eventual likelihood that he will end up in the class. One thing is for sure, Binjemin doesn’t disappoint whenever he shows up and performs. He has the length, speed, and athletic ability to be the best on the field at any one time.

Sam Bruce

He may be the favorite player of most fans in the 2016 class. A current Miami commitment, he has clearly shown that he is still considering Florida in a big way. What he lacks in height, he makes up for in play making ability and we will certainly see some of that Friday night. The Florida staff has been working hard on this one and some thinkj he may be on the verge of changing up his Miami commitment.

Freddie Swain

Swain may be the hottest receiver in the 2016 class in terms of rising star. He has looked great all spring and summer long and impressed in front of scouts everywhere. From only 40 miles away, the Gators are on the outside looking in, but let’s see what happens when he comes to The Swamp and gets his competitive juices flowing.

Cavin Ridley

A month ago Ridley was supposed to pull the trigger for the Gators and that got put on hold. Now he’s back and there is no timetable to compete, but he wants to make a better showing at this camp than he did in the last one. Since his time here he has camped elsewhere and really done well. I expect big things.

Freddie Pinder

Pinder has the elite size you are looking for. This will be a big night in terms of what Florida sees in the young man and how things look for his recruitment down the road.

Velus Jones

This USC commit from Alabama will make his first trip to Florida. He was supposed to camp back in June, but now he shows up when the talent and the stakes are higher. He’s a very talented young man who will be fun to watch on Friday and his quarterback from the 2018 class will be on hand to throw.

Lavarus Tigner (2017)

Gator commitment that really showed well at camp in June and earned his scholarship offer. He’s super athletic and someone that fits what they are looking for at the receiver position.

Trevon Grimes- (2017)

From powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, Grimes is a 5-star prospect from the next class of prospects. Getting him on campus to perform in this atmosphere is huge and he’s another guy with length and other intangibles that make him a sure fire big time prospect.

Jerry Jeudy (2017)

One of several Deerfield guys and already a huge name in recruiting circles. Jeudy is a primo prospect that could play on either side of the ball but most see him as a receiver down the road.

Emmanuel Greene (2017)

Super prospect from the IMG Academy who is a little on the small side, but makes up for it in athletic ability and how he can avoid defenders.

James Robinson (2017)

A big receiver, Robinson is a freak at his size. Has the ability to be the best on the field and it will be very interesting to see him contrasted against all the other elite talent on hand. So far this is a Florida-Clemson battle at a very Gator friendly program.

Princeton Fant (2017)

Tennessee prospect that Drew Hughes is responsible for recruiting and visiting with teammates as well. Fant is a rangy receiver with four SEC offers already and looking for one from the Gators.

Donovan Peoples-Jones (2017)

The guy coming from the farthest away, he definitely has interest in Florida. He’s high profile and a huge talent and yet another one that will be interesting to compare vs all the elite talent on hand.

Rodney Scott (2017)

On a very talented team, Scott is probably the most talented of the bunch. He’s primed and ready to show what he can do.

Jacob Copeland (2018)

Copeland earned a scholarship offer when he camped in June. He’s a monster, not in terms of height, but his build. He is a physical and fast freak that will surprise a lot of people Friday night. He also is a lifelong Gator fan and this is one to watch and see what happens afterward.

Tre McKitty (2017)

The recent Miami commitment grew up a Gator fan but has strong Miami influences at home. He’s a terrific athletic tight end that can also be a star on the defensive line. Florida has a long way to go to undo this one, but he’s a good kid with a head on his shoulders and they will just have to work him and get him excited about performing in The Swamp.


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