GIDEL: Sunshine State QB lands UK offer

The sunshine state hasn't been very kind to Kentucky of late. Not only has Kentucky struggled in landing several high profile kids from Florida in recent memory, but those that have headed north, haven't stayed long enough to experience summer.

Kane Hannaford, Kareem Reid and Andre Jones are just a few names that come to mind when thinking of prospects that never made it past their freshmen years at Kentucky in recent history, but while the Wildcats haven't experienced the type of success they might have hoped in college football's most sacred recruiting ground – they will continue to forge ahead.

The Wildcats extended the first offer to Coconut Creek (Fla.) native Dexter Davidson in April, whom is a familiar face from last season to those who are around recruiting circles. As a sophomore, the North Broward Preparatory school quarterback made a name for himself by throwing for over 2600 yards while setting a Broward County Prep record with 39 touchdown passes.

"I've been fortunate to have started since I was a sophomore," Davidson told "I've also had some great players around me to help me out."

Chief among those players was wide receiver Michael Moore, another North Broward Prep star the Wildcats had significant ties to and of which was offered first by the Wildcats. Moore, whose mother is currently dating former Wildcat running back great Mark Higgs, recently signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Georgia.

"Most of the recruiters and coaches that saw me play came to see Moore," Davidson said. "So I'm fortunate to have played with such a great receiver like Mike (Moore.)"

Great receiver or not, against some of the state's best competition, Davidson has shined by being the perfect complement to a system that helps playmakers shine.

"He has the right size," analyst Mike Balas said on Davidson, "he's got a good football mind, and he's got a tremendous amount of experience throwing the football."

The son of a football coach, Davidson's only weakness as far as colleges are concerned is his footwork. His physical attributes have blown away spectators since last summer, but his ability to move in the pocket has left some schools on the outside as far as an offer is concerned.

"My main thing is to continue working on my footwork," Davidson told multiple times this summer. "I know what I have to do … right now that is the one part of my game that needs the most work. Along with footwork I need to improve my five and seven step drops. I have worked a lot in the gun and have not had a lot of time to work on that part of my game."

One thing that hasn't been questioned is his arm strength. An attribute that one former Wildcat running back observed this past season in offering up his reference on Davidson to coach Phillips.

"I told Joker last summer when he came down to see Mike," former running back Mark Higgs told last year, "I said you guys gotten get down here and see all this talent on this team. (Mike Moore)'s not doing it on his own. The boy that's throwin' it to him is big-time and has got a cannon."

While education is an important part of the recruiting game for Davidson, an ex-factor could be offense, an attribute that turned off former recruit Mike Moore to Kentucky. If the Wildcats hope to gain Davidson's interest, they might have to prove to Dexter, the skills he's showcased at Broward Prep will be showcased at Kentucky.

"He'll likely pick a college that enables him to really air the football out," Balas said in his evaluation on Dexter "In the meantime, he ranks as one of the top quarterback prospects in South Florida."

In addition to the Wildcats, Davidson boasts of an offer from cross-town rival Louisville as well.

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