The Florida Gators have lacked playmaking ability from the tight end position since Jordan Reed departed from Florida after the 2012 season. Reed caught 45 balls for 559 yards in his final season, something no Gators tight end has accomplished since.
4-star tight end Garmon Randolph (Jefferson, Ga.) could be the piece Florida has been missing. According to 247sports, Randolph is the 11th best tight end prospect in the country.
The large frame Randolph brings to the field can create a multitude of mismatches for defenses. His quickness is a problem for linebackers, and standing at 6-foot-6 inches and 220-pounds, no defensive back is out jumping him for the football at its highest point. Florida has struggled in the red zone the last several years, and having a big body to throw to could help the Gators’ scoring opportunities.
With his large frame, Randolph is also a great blocker in the run game. As Gators fans know, not only do tight ends need to be able to catch the football, but they must also be able to block and create running lanes.
Randolph visited the University of Florida during their homecoming matchup earlier this fall against LSU. He described the atmosphere of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as “amazing.”
“Everyone you saw had great energy and good vibes. It was a sight to see,” Randolph told Armchair.
He certainly had good vibes following his visit — Randolph went home with a scholarship offer from the Florida Gators.
“It meant a lot to me. They believe in me and my talents I bring to the table,” Randolph said.
However, since his visit during the first weekend of October, a lot has changed in the Gators football program. At the moment, there is a vacancy at the head coach position, and plenty more coaching changes will follow suit. Tight ends coach Greg Nord is the coach Randolph continues to communicate with the most, even with the uncertainty surrounding this program.
For Randolph, that doesn’t change his perspective on the Gators. While choosing a destination of choice, Randolph is focusing on a program that provides good energy and even better people.
At the moment, Randolph does not have a list of top schools or any visits planned during the spring.
Jefferson High School begins postseason play on Friday, and Randolph feels great about his team advancing to the next round.