Despite signing three tight ends in the last class and already having one committed for 2015, Florida is still looking for those tall, lean pass catchers to play the B-position in Kurt Roper’s offense.
The position is a mix of tight end, H-back and fullback assignments, and you’ll see a guy line up in the slot, out wide or in the backfield.
One prospect the Gators are targeting for the position is Miles Boykin, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder from New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic who visited UF for the first time Thursday.
“It’s one of the nicer campuses I’ve seen,” he said of his trip. “It was just beautiful. There’s palm trees everywhere, and my mom liked the warm weather. It’s a great football program and a great school.”
The Florida coaches showed Boykin film of the B-position and what it consists of.
“I got to sit down with them and see a bunch of clips of how they would use me and what routes I would be running,” he said. “I feel confident that I have the athletic ability to play that spot, and they think I would be a perfect fit for it.”
Boykin believes Roper will help the Gators turn things around in 2014.
“I think he has a really nice offense,” he said. “They’re definitely going to be back next season with him as the coordinator.”
The consensus four-star recruit plans to announce five finalists next month and make his decision in August. UF is the only southeastern school in Boykin’s top 10, but distance is not a factor for him.
“If a place feels right, then it’s going to be my home for the next four years,” he said. “I’m going to get homesick no matter where I go, so it doesn’t really matter.”