Deerfield Beach's own Brandon Powell began the signing season by being the first South Florida player to officially enroll during the beginning of this semester. Clocking in at an outstanding 4.44 sec 40 yard dash (validated by 247sports.com) the former UM commit will find that he has strong chance of making an impact early in his career when he steps on the field this Spring. If he stays healthy there is a huge ceiling for success going into Fall camp.
Starting with play one of this highlight tape it is evident that Powell has star potential and is capable of making an impact in the SEC.
Next on the list is Army All-American Khairi Clark. He is a 6'2 325 lb BEAST from Chaminade-Madonna in Hollywood, FL. Reaching an impressive 5.46 40, and an unofficial 400 lb max Bench Press. Clark is a monster on wheels, who's looking to replace other big-timers from the Defensive Tackle position. Khairi has been commited to UF since last June, and has to be eyeing a place on the top two slots of the depth chart this coming offseason.
Treon Harris is a guy who shocked plenty of people in Florida today. Most importantly the leprechauns in the capitol, he flipped his long time commitment to FSU in favor of the Gators this morning. He may already be the fastest quarterback in the country when he begins his UF career this Fall. Harris is a star track athlete, who may add a medal to his already long resume, at the end of this spring . The word on this kid is that he also has a CANON and is a throw first minded scrambling quarterback. Much like Superbowl champ Russel Wilson who has similar body measurables. We can attribute this signature to the recruiting work of former and current team mate Quinton Dunbar. The Senior guaranteed the incoming Freshman that he would have his back this year if he signed with the Gators. What separates him from other comparable athletes is that he is the son to one of the best high school football coaches in America Tim "Ice" Harris of Booker T. Washington. He has been taught the game in detail since Pop Warner Ball where he was apart of a National Championship team. Success continued with him through High school. Harris has been to 3 state championships in 3 years as a starting Quarter Back. The past two years he has walked away victorious, and can even add the distinction of a High School National Championship over this past season. He is an Army All American who insist to be considered a true Quarter Back, and not an athlete. Throwing 28 TDs with only 4 interceptions last year will help his cause as he battles for a place in the depth chart this August. Older brother Brandon was a first round draft pick and Treon should anticipate a similar buzz when he reaches that point in his career. Our hope is that it comes after success on a National level during his time at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Another delightful surprise today was the signature of JC Jackson who was anticipated to back away from his Gator pledge. True to his commitment the Immokalee athlete signed his Letter of Intent this morning and is another player who could make an impact early in his career. It is unclear however what side of the ball he will be doing it from. A gifted athlete who has the frame to be a Slot Receiver, Corner back, or Strong Safety. His athleticism and hard nosed play style almost reminds me of a Matt Elam, but his play-making ability could bring him to the offensive side of the ball and fill a role that Solomon Patton has vacated. Which ever direction the UF coaching staff has in store for him, it's safe to say that we are all filled with anticipation for this stud athlete to represent the Blue and Orange.
Speaking of potential Solo successors and former FSU pledges, South Dade's CJ Worton will be a Gator for the next 4 years, and the Gator Nation should be STOKED! A reciever who has made a name for himself by fighting for the ball in the air and beating Corners on isolated routes. This is just may be what the doctor ordered. Young Worton could learn a lot from senior Quinton Dunbar this season, considering that the two play the position with an astonishing amount of similarity. With the system he played for in high school he has experience with catching the rock from the inside as well as the outside and with that note he could be a valuable asset immediately. He choose UF over WVU this morning after a late push from the Mountaineers.
That leaves only Quincy Wilson the first signee of the morning. A safety from University School of Nova South Eastern in Davie, Florida he has been a commitment for a long time and looks to follow in the footsteps of other Gator Greats at the Free Safety position. At 6'2 197 lbs he already has the size and coming from a school as prominent academically as University he should already have the intelligence to be the quarterback of the defensive back field. And guess what? This kid has got a "hit stick"! Converting the former Corner to Safety may be an obstacle but an obtainable one if he stays healthy and picks up some coaching from some of the best defensive backs coaches in the country. He will have an opportunity to join an elite fraternity of Florida DBs during his tenure, a chance that he hasn't seem to have taken for granted.
Our class would've been a little stronger if two other South Florida Gator commitments filled their original pledges. Dalvin Cook and Ermon Lane missed out on the privilege of becoming UF alumnus. That being said I think we have a little more to be excited about our existing players in the positions that the both of them represent. To me it seems like that they were both afraid of competition considering that there wasn't a starting job available at the Running Back or number 1 Receiver positions. Look for Kelvin Taylor and Quinton Dunbar to prove that point this fall. Despite last seasons results it is still Great To Be A Florida Gator! And what matters most is that we flipped more FSU commits then they flipped of our commits, so there's some food for thought. ...
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