With Kelvin Taylor and Adam Lane committed and an anticipated 2013 class size of 22 already at 16, it appears unlikely Florida will take a third running back in this recruiting cycle.
However, if that happens to be the case in the coming months, it may be Josh Mercer.
The three-star prospect from South Effingham in Guyton, Ga., camped at UF on Saturday and stood out at his position.
“It was a real good camp,” said Mercer, who was offered by the Gators in February. “I felt like I did good. The coaches liked me. They said it was obvious I was out there.”
Following the work out, Mercer named the Gators his leader and rounded out his top five with South Carolina, N.C. State, Georgia Tech and Tennessee (in order). The latter three are recruiting Mercer the hardest, he said.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder credited running backs coach Brian White for Florida’s edge, and he was told not to worry about the two tailbacks on board because the coaches can use him in a variety of ways.
“I just like how coach White coaches, how he encourages us to keep going. I feel like I could bring a lot of talent to this program,” Mercer said. “They’ll put me at slot, they’ll put me at running back. They said I can do everything, so it doesn’t even matter that they’ve got two (running backs) committed.”
Mercer plans to visit South Carolina next week and will take trips to Georgia, Auburn and Alabama later this summer. He wants to go through more of the recruiting process before setting a timeline on his decision.