A lot of news has circulated throughout Gainesville (Fla.) since Friday Night Lights concluded last weekend. After several bad headlines surfaced from the Gators football team, this past week has served well for the Orange and Blue. Below Armchair details the key transfer additions being cleared from the NCAA and the recent success on the 2019 and 2020 recruiting trail.
Florida now owns the best wide receiver corps in the state
Florida’s offensive inefficiencies in previous years can’t solely be targeted towards the inept quarterback play. Surrounding contributors from the wide-out position can certainly make a quarterback’s life much easier. Unfortunately, Florida’s receiving corps has repeatedly been one of the worst units in the conference. However, on Thursday, Florida released a statement detailing the NCAA clearing Ohio State wide receiver transfer Trevon Grimes and Ole Miss wide receiver transfer Van Jefferson for immediate eligibility for the 2018 season. Immediately Florida now has one of the more explosive wide receiver groups in the state of Florida.
Trevon Grimes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) –
Following the recent news surrounding Urban Meyer and Ohio State, in hindsight, Grimes left Columbus (OH.) at the perfect time. Leaving the Scarlett and Grey’s football program last October, Grimes began searching for a new home. Florida was heavily invested in Grimes’ recruitment out of high school, but ultimately, he chose the out of state foe. Now, after enrolling in Florida, Grimes has worked out and practiced with the football team without being 100-percent certain he would be legible.
Thursday, the news became clear. Grimes will suit up for the Gators this fall. Standing at 6-feet-5 inches and 214 pounds, Grimes’ large frame will be an immediate boost towards this offense. He brings a deep ball threat Florida’s been searching for outside of Tyrie Cleveland. The former 4-star prospect begins fall camp behind Cleveland on the outside. He’ll be a massive presence in this Gators’ offense this season and fans should be excited.
Van Jefferson (Brentwood, Tenn.) –
Ole Miss WR transfer Van Jefferson also made the decision to spend his 2018 football season in Gainesville (Fla.). Unlike Grimes, Jefferson has plenty of SEC playing experience under his belt. In his two years at Ole Miss, the 6-foot-2, 192-pound receiver hauled in 87 passes for 967 yards, including four touchdowns. Jefferson’s versatility, smooth hands and ability to move the chains are his best traits.
Florida’s best pass catcher a year ago hauled in 42 passes, but only 48-percent of his catches resulted in a first down. In Jefferson’s two years at Ole Miss, over 58-percent of his passes reeled in resulted in a fresh set of downs. Having the ability to reach beyond the markers will only help Florida’s offense produce lasting drives.
Gators add 2019 and 2020 commitments following Friday Night Lights
This is Florida’s most important recruiting event of the summer and following zero commitments the night of the camp, many began to think whether Friday Night Lights was a successful event or not. That nonsense talked quickly disappeared after Florida landed a pivotal 2019 athlete and two 2020 prospects this week.
2019 ATH Diwun Black (Forest, Miss.) –
Following the news of the NCAA clearing Trevon Grimes and Van Jefferson, the multidimensional defensive athlete Diwun Black announced his commitment to the Florida Gators. The former Ole Miss commit flipped to the Gators after he camped in Gainesville (Fla.) for Friday Night Lights. Black tweeted out his commitment via Twitter.
https://t.co/3EvWnFXjYe. Once a land shark but now IM A GATOR 🐊🐊🐊 COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY FLORIDA..🐊🔥#RIPBro🙏🏾 @RivalsJohnson @ChadSimmons_ pic.twitter.com/ONCbkrFZag
— DIWUN BLACK🤘🏾 (@diwunblack) August 2, 2018
According to 247sports, Black is the 3rd ranked inside linebacker and 22nd overall prospect in the country and now Florida’s highest-rated recruit. At 6-foot-4, 215-pounds, Black offers a unique and all-purposeful skill set into the Gators defense. Florida could be on the horizon to land several more highly-touted recruits following Black’s commitment.
2020 QB Anthony Richardson (Gainesville, Fla.) –
Dan Mullen and quarterback’s coach Brian Johnson were able to secure arguably the most talented local recruit. Entering his junior year of high school, Richardson bolsters a terrific frame at 6-foot-4, 213-pounds. The Gainesville (Fla.) native became the first prospect following the weekend.
Richardson is extremely smooth with his delivery and light on his feet inside the pocket. With plenty of room to mature and develop before ever stepping on campus, Richardson seemingly can be one of the top quarterbacks in the 2020 class. In eight months, Mullen has already transformed the quarterback room.
2020 DE Kedrick Bingley-Jones (Charlotte, N.C.) –
Florida was able to shut down Bingley-Jones’ commitment this week. The 8th best prospect in the state of North Carolina announced his commitment to Florida on Tuesday. The soon to be junior already possesses a monstrous frame, standing at 6-feet-4, 260-pounds.
According to 247, Bingley-Jones is a 4-star recruit and listed as the nation’s 259th best prospect.