Three-star Kentucky wide receiver Ryan Timmons chose to stay with the home state school on Tuesday, committing to Kentucky over Florida and Ohio State. And while Timmons' commitment elsewhere is a bit of bad news for Florida, it might turn out to be good news in the end.
Florida hopped on Timmons late, with the Gators' recruitment of one of the best prospects in Kentucky not really beginning in earnest until January and Joker Phillips taking point on it. But Florida has also been recruiting New Smyrna Beach wideout James Clark at the same time, and various reports have suggested that Florida would only take one of the two receivers.
Timmons and Clark were each on campus at Florida this past weekend, with Timmons taking an official visit and Clark visiting unofficially, but reading between the lines suggests that Clark is likely to become a Gator: Ohio State flipping Dontre Wilson from Oregon — which likely happened after Clark made his decision and informed coaches as he said he would do on Sunday night &mmdash; likely signals that Urban Meyer has effectively waved the white flag on both Clark and Timmons, and Timmons opting for Kentucky might be a sign that his spot had been filled at Florida.
Florida could certainly have found uses for the shifty, speedy Timmons, but Clark's skill set is very similar, and his speed might be superior. And ending up with either is just a successful bet with house money for the Gators, who have among the nation's best wide receiver crops even without a sixth player, thanks to the commitments of Demarcus Robinson, Ahmad Fulwood, and others.