Florida hosted a pair of commits and Under Armour All-Americans over the weekend.
One of the official visitors was Seffner Armwood wideout Alvin Bailey, who took the trip with his mother in tow.
“It was great to back in Gainesville again,” Bailey said. “My mom came up there with me and they talked to us about the academics. That’s the most important thing to her, so she was happy to hear that Florida isn’t just about football.”
Bailey’s host was UF running back and former teammate Matt Jones, and he said they had fun hanging out together. But the highlight of his visit was spending extensive time with new receivers coach Joker Phillips.
“I was around coach Phillips a lot,” Bailey said. “He’s happy that I’m a Gator and he really wishes I could have enrolled early because he can’t wait to see what I can do.
“He made me feel real comfortable and I’m ready to learn from him. I know he’s the guy that can coach me up the best.”
Bailey said Phillips and offensive coordinator Brent Pease outlined how they plan to use him in the offense. Although he will be a wideout for the Gators, Bailey primarily played quarterback in high school and he’ll continue to take some snaps at UF.
“They want me to be a versatile guy that can make plays in the slot, whether it be catching passes across the middle or running the jet sweep,” Bailey said. “But they also want me to be a wildcat quarterback and takeover after Trey Burton leaves. I think I can do real good in that role because of my experience, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Bailey also has his sights set on National Signing Day.
“It going to be special for me,” he said. “I’ve been working to be a Gator for a long time and I’ll finally have that accomplished when I sign. I’m just ready to make it official and go play. When I get up there, I’m going to work hard and I know great things will happen for me.”
The other visitor was Florida offensive tackle commit Roderick Johnson, whose phone won’t accept incoming calls at this time. But the Delray Beach American Heritage prospect sent out several tweets over the weekend about his trip. Johnson wrote that he was “having a ball” and loved the UF campus, coaches and students.