Mike's Eye: Florida: 66-70

Preseason football camps in Florida kick off in less than a month. Spring games and most camps/combines are now in the books so lets take a closer look at some of Florida's top prospects. In this installment, we look at who Mike Bakas believes are players 66-70.

66. PHILLIP ELY, 6-1, 186, Tampa (Plant)
As a prospect: He lacks ideal size and arm strength but he's very smart, very accurate, and all he's done at the prep level is win. He helped Aaron Murray win a state title the year before, filling in at key moments and then led Plant to the title in his first year as the starter. He has some physical drawbacks but makes up for it with the intangibles he brings to the table.

Junior Year: Leading his team to a 5A State tile, he passed for 1,860 yards for 20 touchdowns and three touchdowns.

Recruiting: He has offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Iowa State, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee, UCF, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. LSU, Clemson, and Arizona State appear to be the front-runners and he plans to make a decision within the next few weeks.

67. LOUCHEIZ PURIFOY, 6-1, 170, Pensacola (Pine Forest)
As a prospect: It's hard to find 6-1 corners who can actually cover. Purifoy fits the bill. At 6-1, he runs really well and has long arms. He's also very athletic and has done some big things on offense. He's still a little raw at corner but has a lot of tools you can't coach.

Junior Year: Playing several positions his junior year, he ran for 639 yards averaging 10 yards per carry and he also had 7 catches for 195 yards.

Recruiting: He committed to Florida last week, choosing the Gators over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Southern Miss, Troy and UAB.

68. TREY PETTIS, 6-5, 280, Deland
As a prospect: A massive OL prospect, Pettis has experience playing all five line positions. The son of a coach, he understands the game real well and plays with good technique. He's a strong kid who just needs to develop better footwork and become a better finisher.

Junior Year: After his junior season, he made First Team All State OL for 6A classification while helping lead his team to the state title game.

Recruiting: He committed to Florida State while holding other offers from Clemson, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas Tech.

69. GERROD HOLLIMAN, 6-0, 185, Miami (Southridge)
As a prospect: Holliman is all over the field at safety. He can drop back into coverage and has some experience at corner. He can also drop down into the box and play like an extra linebacker. He brings a lot of versatility but lacks top end speed.

Junior Year: The talented safety registered 80 tackles, four picks, six sacks and two touchdowns (defensively).

Recruiting: The Ole Miss commit also had offers from Florida State, Louisville, Maryland, Nebraska, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.

70. ANDREW BUIE, 5-10, 190, Jacksonville (Trinity Christian Academy)
As a prospect: Buie had a big year for Trinity and he can also be a very good defensive player. He's a downhill runner who goes between the tackles well and is athletic enough to make things happen in the passing game.

Junior Year: He rushed for 1,901 yards and 22 touchdowns while helping lead his team to the state title game.

Recruiting: He Auburn, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, and Tennessee are his top offers right now and he remains wide open.

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