Lake City Columbia defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan was reportedly on campus Saturday night during registration, but there was no sign of him on the field Sunday morning. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for Florida. He was on campus, and that’s all that matters.
Even without the participation of Jernigan, one of the top defensive linemen in the country and considered at this point to be a Florida lean, there was no shortage of talent – or size — on the line.
- Dover, Del., offensive lineman Trip Thurman was on hand. Thurman was one of the most technically sound linemen out there and has great size (6-foot-6, 302 pounds). His hands and feet moved quickly for a guy his size and he was able to hold his own against more athletic defensive linemen during one-on-one drills. Thurman has an offer from Florida, and the Gators are high on his list. The more he camps, the more attention he’ll get from bigger schools. Rivals.com considers Thurman a four-star prospect.
- A name people probably haven’t heard much about but should in the next few months is Aliquippa, Pa., offensive tackle Zach Hooks. He’s got great size at 6-3, 284, and showed off some nice athleticism. No defensive linemen beat him during one-on-ones and he was getting a lot of coaching tips from Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio . He might have been the most athletic big man on the field Sunday morning. He doesn’t have an offer from Florida, but lists them as a school he’s interested in.
- Jacksonville Ed White offensive guard Kaleb Johnson participated Sunday. Again, he’s a top prospect with great size (6-5, 280). He was dominant during drills and was pushing opposing linemen around. He doesn’t have an offer from Florida, but he’s got a long list of schools after him. He’s got offers from Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Illinois, North Carlina and Missouri among others.
- Three-star Lake Worth Park Vista offensive tackle Mike Matulis showed some nice technique as well. At 6-6, 275, he was able to handle himself for the most part during drills. He currently lists 15 offers, with a few coming from SEC, Big Ten and ACC schools. Florida has not offered.
- A name to look out for this summer is Honea Path, S.C., Belton-Honea Path defensive end Darrius Williams. He doesn’t have a laundry list of offers and is relatively new to the recruiting scene, but he displayed a nice motor Sunday and was even running coverage drills with the linebackers. His only offer is from Wisconsin, but attention should increase throughout the summer.
The star of Sunday’s morning session was Florida commit and Oviedo Hagerty quarterback Jeff Driskel. Rated as Rivals’ top quarterback prospect in the country, Driskel was definitely the biggest (6-3, 225) and most polished passer out there. He had displayed a quick release on his passes and had some great footwork. It didn’t hurt that he was getting coached up by UF quarterback coach Scot Leoffler . He was hitting receivers in stride in one-on-ones and was accurate all morning. He had some wobbles here and there, but his spiral was pretty crisp for the most part.
The biggest name on campus had to be St. Augustine Pedro Menendez linebacker Tony Seward. He was one of the stars of UF’s camp last year and looked two times as big this go-round. He stands 6-2 and weighs 225 pounds but runs like he’s just under 200. He’s got great speed, but was slowed Sunday because of an ankle injury suffered during gym class two months ago. That didn’t stop him from competing, but he was eventually benched to get his ankle iced. Rivals rates him has the No. 1 linebacker and the second-best prospect in the country. Florida is definitely involved, and he was getting some key one-on-one time with linebackers coach D.J. Durkin and, of course, Meyer.
Here are some skill position players who made an impression Sunday morning.
- The must underrated prospect on campus had to be Muskegon, Mich., Muskegon Heights receiver Willie Snead. He’s the son of Willie Snead III, a former UF wide receiver from the 1980s. He also won state titles at Holland Christian and Glades Central. The younger Snead ran arguably the crispest routes of the morning, showed tremendous speed and displayed great hands. He was getting tons of praise from UF receivers coach Zach Azzanni throughout the morning. He currently doesn’t hold any offers, but that should change with more camp work.
- Jacksonville Trinity Christian running back Andrew Buie showed why he’s one of the top skill position players in the country by blowing past everyone trying to cover him. He was making plays all morning. He’s got a long list of offers but still hasn’t received one from Florida. That could change this summer.
- The defensive player everyone will be talking about this summer, Nick Waisome, showed yet again on UF’s campus. He recorded an interception during one-on-ones and looked to have all the speed of a top cornerback prospect. The Groveland South Lake prospect has a list of seven schools that he’ll pick from and Florida definitely made the cut. He, Driskel and Meyer were chatting it up at the end of workouts.
- Waisome’s teammate, linebacker Jordan Montgomery, sported a golden Mohawk and some athleticism to go with it. At 6-1, 195, Montgomery could stand to gain some weight, but he has all the makings of being a talented defender. He looks like he could also play some safety.