NCF On The Trail: UF FNL 2013


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Running back commit Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central) has a message for any Gators fans who might be worried about his visit to Texas today -- follow the lead of Florida head coach Will Muschamp.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Class of 2014 safety Quincy Wilson won’t be announcing his decision until the first week of August, but he has narrowed his list of schools to Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and USC.

The 6-foot-1, 197-pound standout from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School of Nova South -- whom ESPN ranks as the No. 12 safety in the country -- made that announcement after participating in Florida’s Friday Night Lights one-day camp. Wilson said he had a good time at Florida Field and spent a lot of time with UF commits Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day), J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), Dalvin Cook (Miami Central), and Duke Dawson (Cross City, Fla./Dixie County) as well as fellow uncommitted recruit Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra), the nation’s No. 5 overall player and No. 2 cornerback.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Hunter Dale (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) was a freshman when Florida first took an interest, so it's no wonder the Gators are often on the junior safety's mind.

The 2015 prospect, ranked No. 221 in the ESPN Junior 300, visited Florida for the third time to participate in the annual Friday Night Lights camp.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPN Junior 300 defensive end Byron Cowart (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) named Florida his leader after the Gators held their annual Friday Night Lights camp.

The 6-foot-3, 248-pound athlete said he enjoyed spending time with other 2015 Florida targets CeCe Jefferson (Glen St. Mary, Fla./Baker Co.) and Sherrod Pittman (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast).


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida quarterback commit Will Grier's top priority during Friday Night Lights was to try and persuade several uncommitted players to make the Gators their choice, too.

But the country’s third-ranked dual-threat quarterback prospect felt his verbal pitch wouldn’t be enough, so he participated in the one-night workout at Florida Field. It was his way of backing up his words.


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5-star DB Jackson enjoys FNL 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The nation's No. 5-ranked player, Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra), did not work out at Florida's Friday Night Lights camp, but the five-star athlete received more attention than any other player in attendance.

The 5-foot-10, 182-pound prospect, who will be staying in Gainesville until Sunday, said that he enjoyed his first visit to The Swamp.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- CeCe Jefferson isn't ready to commit yet, but the ESPN Junior 300 defensive end has at least named a leader.

Jefferson has put Florida top his list and said he plans on being on campus a lot during the season. But the Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County standout says he's still going to take some trips elsewhere before making his decision.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida received its fourth commitment in the last three days, as ESPN Junior 300 wide receiver Da'Vante Phillips (Miami/Central) gave his pledge to Florida head coach Will Muschamp after Florida's Friday Night Lights camp.

The 6-foot-1, 189-pound athlete chose the Gators over offers from Miami, Florida State, Alabama and Clemson.

Phillips, the No. 11-ranked player in the country and top-rated receiver for 2015, said he chose Florida because of the atmosphere and also because of his Central teammate and 2014 Florida running back commit Dalvin Cook.

"It just feels like home," Phillips said. "I just liked everything about it and the atmosphere with the lights on. Dalvin was a big influence. Every day, he sends me messages. Any way he can get to me, he always is doing stuff."

Phillips said Muschamp was excited to learn of his commitment.

"He was happy. He was very excited," Phillips said. "I already knew he wanted me to be a Gator when I got here, so he was excited."

The hometown Hurricanes have always been near the top of his list, but Phillips said right now Florida is where he wants to be.

"I don't know," he said when asked about Miami. "Right now the Gators are on my mind."

In his ESPN scouting report, Phillips is compared to a wide receiver who enjoyed tremendous success on the college level:

"[Phillips] is a strong, physical player -- a Dez Bryant type. A versatile, big-play receiver with good size, competitiveness and athleticism. Possesses a good frame and playing strength for the wide receiver position and should continue to fill out and develop functional strength. Flashes good playing speed and foot quickness needed to separate as a route runner. Catches the ball extremely well and does a good job of turning upfield after the catch.Being physical and exploding off the ball, and also blocking with power."


Phillips is Florida's first 2015 commitment.

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