- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With 18 verbal commitments and just over seven months until signing day, the Gators have filled about 75 percent of their recruiting class. Over the next two weeks, GatorNation will take a look at some uncommitted prospects who could end up in the Florida Gators' recruiting class. Some of them are highly rated and some may surprise you. Next up is wide receiver Chris Thompson (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville HS).
Why he could end up in Florida's class
Thompson grew up a Florida fan, and obviously the Gators are in his hometown. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound speedster camped at Florida last week and impressed the Florida coaching staff. Thompson, doesn't have a Florida offer yet, but don't be surprised if the Gators do pull the trigger and offer the talented three-star player. Thompson, holds offers from Utah, Marshall, UMass and FAU, but if the Gators were to offer, Thompson would likely jump at the chance to play for his childhood dream school.
Why he might not be in Florida's class
With other talented pass-catchers such as Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County) on Florida's recruiting board, Thompson could be a "wait and see" type player. The Gators already have three wide receiver commits and would like to take another one at some point, but it would be surprising to see the Gators take a receiver who only holds offers from Utah, UMass, Marshall and FAU at this point.
How he could fit in
All three of Florida's wide receivers commits, Ahmad Fulwood, Rodney Adams and Marqui Hawkins, are 6-1 or taller. All solid receivers, but none of the three are very speedy guys. With Thompson's 4.43 speed, he is a guy who could stretch the field vertically and get behind the defense. He could also be used to run reverses and jet sweeps.