Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Five players who impressed at FNL
By Derek Tyson
A look at five players who turned heads on Friday in Florida's Friday Night Lights camp:
2015 WR Deon Cain (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Bay Tech)
6-foot-2, 175 pounds
ESPN Junior 300 rank: NR
Cain entered FNL as a relatively unknown prospect. He plays quarterback in high school and his athleticism alone has earned him offers from Florida State and USF. Cain was extremely impressive and arguably was the most fluid receiver at the camp, a group that included Travis Rudolph. The talented athlete caught just about everything thrown his way and his route-running was surprisingly good considering his experience at the position. He will certainly be a player to watch next year.
2015 LB Byron Cowart (Seffner, Fla./Armwood)
ESPN Junior 300 rank: 90
Cowart named Florida his leader after an impressive camp. With his size and athleticism, Cowart could play a few different positions, but the buck position is where Florida likes the junior-to-be. Cowart did well in one-on-one matchups and is deceptively agile for a player who plays mostly with his hand in the dirt in high school. It looks like the Gators have a great shot to land this talented defensive end.
2015 QB Lorenzo Nunez (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison)
ESPN Junior 300 rank: 199
Early on, Nunez has offers from Clemson, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio State and Charlotte, but if he continues to throw the way he did at FNLs, he will certainly see his offer list increase. Nunez has a powerful arm and was pinpoint accurate for a majority of the night. Florida has not offered yet, but Nunez said the Gators have started to show a lot more interest in him.
2016 WR Sam Bruce (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School)
Bruce, a nephew of former NFL star Isaac Bruce, was right on par with Cain at receiver. Bruce has a different skill set than Cain, but both are extremely talented. The athletic receiver might be short in stature, but he more than makes up for it with his athleticism, speed and impressive ball skills. The Gators extended an offer to the sophomore-to-be after the camp and he will be one of the most highly recruited players in Florida in two years.
2014 QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day)
ESPN 300 rank: 36
It's hard to say Grier could improve his stock any more after an impressive showing at The Opening in Beaverton (Ore.) early this month, but Grier again was impressive and has been consistent in every event he has participated in. Maybe the most impressive thing about Grier was the fact he came down to Gainesville and competed. He is already committed to UF, finished third in the Elite 11 results and had no real reason to participate other than to help recruit for Florida. His competitiveness is evident and his physical ability is excellent. The Gators got a good one with Grier and Florida fans should expect him to have a big career in Gainesville.