Football staff looks to Mississippi for possible recruit

Published: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 2:00 a.m.

Another offensive line prospect that has caught the new staff's interest is Calvin Wilson of Hattiesburg High School in Mississippi.

Wilson is listed as the 11th best tackle by Rivals and the 49th best overall offensive linemen by Gator Country.

Despite this discrepancy, Wilson has garnered scholarship offers from schools like UF, Auburn, LSU and Tennessee.

"I've been an offensive line coach most of my career," said Buddy Duke, Wilson's head coach. "In 23 years of coaching, Calvin is without a doubt the best I've ever had. His athleticism is what makes him so special."

Here is another guy who the Gators would love to sign to help replenish their needs along the front.

The depth chart at Florida hasn't been ignored by Wilson and he plans to visit Gainesville on January 28.

As a full academic qualifier, Wilson would be eligible to play right away. But Coach Duke says it might be better for him to redshirt because he is behind strength-wise.

"He's a prototype left tackle in college because of his good feet and long arms," Duke said. "I think even with the coaching turnover [Florida has] a good chance. Calvin is going to go where he is going to be happy and mom is going to be happy."

The last recruiting weekend of the year will go a long way for the Gators' incoming class.

One thing working in Florida's favor is the influence Robert Gillespie, a former Gator player who works at Hattiesburg High, may have on Wilson.

Gator fans will have to wait and see on this one.

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