Nigel Bethel Jr., a product of highly-recognized Miami (Fla.) Northwestern, was without a scholarship offer just roughly two weeks ago, and now has the opportunity to strap up the pads for a trio of schools, including Florida, who just joined the fray on Super Bowl Sunday.
The 6-foot, 165-pound athlete, who has also accumulated offers from UCF and Florida Atlantic, is coveted for his ability on both sides of the ball, but says Jim McElwain's staff envisions him making a splash with the ball in his hands at wide receiver.
"With Florida, I've been up to Gainesville a few times for different 7v7s and track meets," Bethel told Scout. "I like their campus and facilities. I like the Miami connection they have, and that they produce good wide receivers and defensive backs."
Bethel has to continue to pack on weight and strengthen up his frame with well over a year of high school left on his plate, but says Florida is confident that he can make the necessary gains in order to turn heads on the college scene sooner rather than later.
"I spoke with (defensive coordinator) Randy Shannon," Bethel said. "His message to me was that they want the speed and route running I have, and that I should continue to get stronger and faster in high school so I can come and be an impact player as a freshman."
With all that being said, has one school done enough to claim the top spot in Bethel's recruitment?
"Yes, Florida is my top school right now," Bethel told Scout.
No visits are planned at this time, but the track and field standout says he plans to journey up to Gainesville for the Pepsi Florida Relays in late March.
As always, stay tuned to Scout.