When you are the Florida Gators and you have one of the greatest players we have seen in a long while at the quarterback position, one would think landing top tier wide receivers would be a thing of ease. Last year was not the case, as the defending BCS Champions only signed one wide receiver from the class of 2009, Andre Debose.
The class of 2010 is deep, talented and above all else has tons of interest in playing for head coach Urban Meyer
and the Florida
Early indications are the Gators will look to sign four wide receivers in the class of 2010. The wide receiver class is as deep and talented as I can remember. In no particular order these are the playmakers from the wide receiver position to keep an eye on as things progress.
At 5-11 and 195-pounds, Kadron Boone
from Ocala (FL) Trinity Catholic High School is one of the state's best and is a little thicker than most on the board at this time. Boone recently visited Florida for a practice and came away very impressed. He understands that the Gators are in need of wide receivers and said he also wants to pay Texas Tech
a visit in the near future.
One of the bigger wide receiver prospects on the board right now for the Gators is Tulsa (OU) High School star DeMarco Cobbs. At 6-2 and 200-pounds, Cobbs can go inside or outside and speaks very highly of his relationship with coach Bryan White
at Florida. The key for Cobbs will be to get him in for a visit, which at this point I am not so sure will take place or not.
A rising wide receiver prospect that is starting to get national attention is Baltimore City College (MD) superstar Adrian Coxson
. The 6-2 and 190-pound receiver with 4.48-speed recently spoke with both Meyer and Billy Gonzales
and told me that things are progressing rather nicely between he and the Gators. Look to hear more from Coxson in the coming weeks as he is set to visit Florida in the very near future.
A fan favorite amongst all Gator fans is Royal Palm Beach wide receiver Chris Dunkley
. Dunkley was at Florida last week and had a great time with the players and staff. Any talks of this one maybe getting away, in my opinion, were put to rest on his most recent visit. I don't think that a decision will be reached soon but in the end I do expect to see Dunkley in this class. His relationship with current Gator linebacker Jon Bostic
will help seal the deal. Dunkley is in the 5-10, 175-pound range with 4.45-speed.
Another big wide receiver prospect showing interest in the Gators is Tampa Catholic star Christian Green
. Long been rumored to end up a part of Florida State
's 2010 class, Green recently took a trip to watch the Gators practice and walked away very impressed. As impressed as he was his parents were equally impressed with what Florida had to offer.
"I thought it was an excellent trip. We had a chance to certainly see a program that is one of the best in the nation from an academic standpoint and athletic standpoint and they are well coached. We talked to some of the academic people, which is what's important to us and they are solid from top to bottom. The coaching staff is very impressive from top to bottom all the coaches and environment. It is really clear to me that is environment is fostered by coach Meyer and real impressive as how he has created a family environment and real comfortable to be around it...My wife loved it as well."
"We enjoyed it and it was very impressive. I don't try to go on many of the trips but told them I would come up and being honest it was very nice. I never thought that when I was attending FSU that my son would had a chance to attend Florida. Wherever he wants to go we are going to support that choice. We have some cousins that go to UF and one that is teaching. The most important factor for me is academics and those questions were all answered for me. They have a system in place from beginning to end."
Green is in that 6-1, 190-pound range and is very dangerous with the ball in his hands and looks to take it the distance every time he gets in the open field.
The wide receiver that you don't hear that much from might possess the best overall upside. At 6-0 and 175-pounds, James Louis
is electrifying with the ball in his hands and has the ability like Boone to play a little inside or outside. Louis is a little different than guys like Dunkley and Solomon Patton
and because of that is a hot commodity. From Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic Community High School superstar will be on hand to watch the Orange and Blue game and as he told me last week the only thing he needs to do at this point is visit and get a better understanding for the coaches and players.
One wide receiver that many feel ends up at Miami is Miramar (FL) standout Ivan McCartney
. At 6-1 and 185-pounds with 4.48-speed, "sticks" as they call him as been one of the most impressive looking wide receiver prospects on the combine tour. Recently McCartney told me that his interest level in Florida is very high at this time.
Most Gator fans are familiar with Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege High School star Justin McCay
. A lot was made early on in the process with regards to his interest in the Gators but some recent personal issues at the end of the day will keep him closer to home. At 6-4 and 200-pounds McCay might be the most complete wide receiver in the nation.
Another dynamic slot type wide receiver prospect is Alabama
's own Solomon Patton. From Mobile (AL) Murphy High School this 5-9, 170-pound speedster can hurt you in a number of different ways but if he gets to daylight one thing's for certain, it results in six. Patton recently spent two days at Florida and as you all read came away more than impressed.
"It all looked great, the alligator outside, the trophies all of it was great," he said. "When he took us up and met all the coaches they got real crunk to see me and that got me even more fired up. I went and spent a good deal of time with coach Meyer in his office and he let me check out the national championship ring and it was big and heavy. We watched a highlight tape that was just amazing. That's what I want to be a part of and I want to win and play for national titles and that's what they do there at Florida. The whole thing blew my mind to tell you the truth I don't know what else to say honestly."
Another fantastic looking wide receiver prospect is Thibodaux (LA) 6-0, 175-pound Trovon Reed
. Reed like McCay can do it all and like McCay has had some family matters that at the end of the day will keep him close to home in my opinion but does mention Florida with a host of other schools as teams that he will look into.
One name that has quickly emerged as one of the Southeast's hottest prospects is arguably one of the top players from the Peach State. Calhoun (GA) wide receiver Da' Rick Rogers
has all the tools to be the next great wide receiver at the collegiate level. At 6-3 and 210-pounds with 4.34-speed, Rogers has two at the top right now with two Southeastern Conference powers in the Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide. Don't look for a decision to come soon or easily. Rogers should be able to visit Florida within the next two weeks.
These are only but a few of the wide receiver prospects that are out there for the class of 2010. I could have easily gone 20 deep but wanted you to get an idea of just how many players at this position are not only mentioning Florida but considering them.