Class Breakdown - DB

The Gators are bringing in playmakers everywhere, especially in the secondary with guys like <B>Reynlado Hill</B>, <B>Dee Webb</B>, <B>Jermaine Thomas</B> and <B>Reggie Nelson</B>.

Defensive Back

 

The Scoop

Florida signed four defensive backs this season, Reynaldo Hill, Reggie Nelson, Jermaine Thomas and Dee Webb.  They have one thing in common, great speed and three of the four could impact Florida this fall.

Scouting Report

Reynaldo Hill (6-1, 185, 4.35) is from Dodge City Community College in Kansas and originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Hill has two terrific traits – size and blazing speed.  Hill is a physical corner that supports the run well.  He should make a sudden impact for the Gators in their secondary.  His biggest adjustment will be the jump from JUCO ball to major SEC ball and the speed of the game.  He comes in in the fall and will have to adjust quickly.  Hill is also a very good kick returner.

The Stats

Considered one of the top Junior College defensive backs in the nation.  This past season, recorded 57 tackles, 3 interceptions and 22 pass breakups.

Scouting Report

Reggie Nelson (6-0, 180 pounds, 4.4) is from Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay High School.  Pound for pound was the best high school football player in the Sunshine State as a senior.  Nelson just has the uncanny ability to always make the big play and always be around the football.  He plays linebacker, safety, and wide receiver.  Nelson is also dangerous returning kicks and blocking kicks.  Offensively, he is a dangerous big receiver with good speed and hands.  Nelson is aggressive in the air and not afraid to go over the middle.  He is more of a North-South guy rather than an elusive player with the ball in his hands.  Defensively, he plays 100 miles per hour.  Sometimes, in fact, he is a little too aggressive and over runs plays.  But he shows excellent closing speed and he is not afraid to hit you.  Nelson pursues the ball exceptionally well and fights off blocks to stuff the run.  

The Stats

As a senior recorded  169 tackles, 53 assists and 10 sacks on defense and caught 18 passes for 354 yards on offense.  Nelson registered 150 tackles as a junior.

Scouting Report

Jermaine Thomas (6-1, 190, 4.5) is from Citra (Fla.) North Marion High School.  He signed with Florida late on Signing Day and is a player with excellent size and good speed.  Thomas is versatile in that he could play cornerback or safety at the next level.  He is a physical player that has good cover skills as well.  Also played running back and also starred in basketball and track.  

The Stats

Thomas had 45 tackles and four interceptions as a junior and rushed for 274 yards and four touchdowns.

Scouting Report

Demetrice Webb (6-0, 185, 4.4) is from Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White High School.  He is an incredible talent that like Nelson, always makes the big play in the secondary.  He is amazing.  Webb has great speed and super instincts.  He supports the run well and is excellent in coverage.  He will likely play cornerback but is talented enough to play safety as well.  Played quarterback as a senior as well as safety and running back and wide receiver as a junior and sophomore.  Webb could also be another dangerous special teams player.  

The Stats

SI.com/ TheInsiders.com 2nd Team All-America.  Webb scored on defense a school-record eight times (returned five interceptions for TDs, blocked a field goal for a TD, intercepted two option passes and returned for a TD and recovered a fumble for a TD) this past season.  He also played QB as a senior, passing for 450 yards and four touchdowns, along with 645 rushing yards and 15 TDs.  As a junior, Webb had 10 interceptions (4 for TDs).  

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that Florida just signed some big time playmakers in the secondary.  So let's face it, with teams throwing so much these days, that's important.  Let's also assume they all qualify.  If that happens, look for Hill, Webb and Nelson to all see significant playing time.  These guys are just too good to keep off the field.  Hill could start sooner rather than later once we get into two-a-days.  Nelson could make a big splash on special teams before he assumes his role in the secondary.  Webb, like Nelson, could become a special teams standout from the get go.  But he is so good he could step in and become the nickel guy right away or work his way into the rotation, especially when you consider that teams play four and sometimes five wide receivers.  You can never have enough good corners.

 

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