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Offers come out at Gators' Sophomore Night

Friday Night Lights is here, but the night before the Gators hosted a second year camp for underclassmen.  They must have liked what they saw. At least four prospects were offered so far based on camp workouts and we are talking about prospects that have yet to start their junior year of high school and in at least one instance yet to start their sophomore year of high school.

The Gators offered tight end George Takacs. Florida missed on the position in the 2016 class, but looks ready to sign two in 2017. Still, they will take at least one in 2018.


Scout Analyst Corey Bender says of Takacs: “George Takacs is a well-rounded tight end prospect that does a little bit of everything on the offensive side of the ball. He flashes nice hand placement and a strong initial punch when assisting as a run blocker, and plays with that aggressiveness until the whistle is blown.”

“He’s not the type of tight end that's going to blow the top off the defense and really extend the field, but does a nice job of finding his spot and providing a big target for the quarterback.”

Said Takacs of the offer… “I think it's amazing to get an offer from a great team in the SEC.”


Florida is always looking to land quality offensive linemen and they feel like there was a good one in attendance in Peach State star Deontrey Hill. The massive lineman was seen bullying people on the field Thursday night and made a big time impression. This is at least his second visit to Gainesville and was a very productive one. He camped earlier at Florida State on the day and also was offered there as well.


“It went great, just got done with camp and got the offer,” Hill said shortly afterward. “They like my quickness, my hands and my strength. They say they want to use me at guard and tackle. Yeah I can do both guard and tackle. I played both at my school.”

“They’re good coaches. They are like family down here. I talked to Antonneous Clayton and he said that Florida was a great place.”


The Gators dipped into south Florida and Palm Beach County for a terrific athlete in 2018 defensive end / tight end  Jarrett Jackson. He’s got long arms and a long body and shows great movement both on offense and defense. His future is bright even if we don’t know exactly where he’ll end up and the Gators now think very highly of him.



Florida pushed into the 2019 class in terms of offers on Thursday as well with the scholarship promise to defensive end Derrick McClendon of Tucker, Georgia. Florida defensive line coach Chris Rumph has already done good things and has been able to land primos at defensive end, to get an offer this early, McClendon must be special. 


Scout National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons had this to say: “McClendon is a kid I feel will really start to come into his own this fall.  He has a great frame, and he is good off the edge.  What he has used for success to date is raw ability, but as he continues to improve his get-off and moves off the ball, he could be scary.  He plays for a great football program in Georgia, so he is well coached, be pushed, and he will have that toughness coaches covet.” 

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