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Monday, December 3, 2012
Familiar name will help Gators' recruit

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- The Florida Gators announced the addition of former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips as the new wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator on Monday afternoon.

Florida struggled at wideout this season and Phillips will bring a well-known name as well as extensive experience coaching the position.

Phillips, though, won't be left with an empty cupboard on the recruiting trail. The Gators have commitments from four wide receivers including Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), Marqui Hawkins (Columbus, Ga./Carver) and Chris Thompson (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville).

Fulwood said he was excited when he learned of his new coach.

"Coach [Will] Muschamp told me he would get the right guy for the job and that's exactly what he did," Fulwood said. "I'm excited to meet coach Phillips and work with him next year."

Bailey, an Under Armour All-American, reiterated Fulwood's thoughts.

"I'm happy we got a great guy with so much experience,” Bailey said in a text message. “I'm glad he's on board."

Phillips arrives just in time as Florida will look to add one more wide receiver to its recruiting class. Topping the list of desired targets are Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee), Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek), James Quick (Louisville, KY./Trinity), Quantavius Leslie (Hogansville, Ga./Hinds Community College), Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach Co.) and James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach).

It's unclear if Phillips will recruit South Florida as his predecessor, Aubry Hill, did prior to his resignation in August.