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Rick Wells plans to play early at Florida

He was the first commitment in the 2016 class for Florida head coach Jim McElwain and staff. Receiver Rick Wells received a bit of scrutiny over his senior season because of lack of stats. That never deterred him from coming to the place he wanted to play and he knows he will play early at Florida.

Rick Wells arrives Tuesday with the rest of the 2016 class and begins his new life in college as a Gator. He is excited for the chance to hit the field and starting to learn a new offense.

“I feel good and just happy that the wait is over,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to competing and earning my stripes.

Forgive Wells if he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. A senior season where the stats didn’t fall his way, Wells was one that starred at several camps and had colleges on him, yet his ability has been downplayed by the pundits.

“I always feel like people overlook me,” Wells said, “Going in I am trying to open people’s eyes that overlooked me. I expect to show my value and make a name for myself that sticks.”

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The Florida staff agrees with him. He has a frame that is ready for the college game and he plays the game physically.

“They tell me I am going to be thrown into the fire early,” he said. “I need to come in and be ready to play. They love my size, my physical play, and my speed.”

Wells will be rooming with three other incoming freshmen, C.J. McWilliams, Tyrie Cleveland, and Vosean Joseph. He says the area he will continue to work on is his speed, “I need to work on getting faster and faster.”

He’s got a simple message for Gator fans to say what he’s all about.

“Gator fans will know that I will be a good physical player that likes to chill,” he said. 


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