Former UF star coaching talent
Jacquez Green passing on his knowledge
Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 12:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 12:51 p.m.
With a former star player funneling talent to Gainesville, Florida is infiltrating Florida State's home turf.
Jacquez Green, a UF receiver/punt returner from 1995 to 1997 and now coaching at Tallahassee Lincoln, brought eight players to Friday Night Lights. The group included linebacker James Hearns and receivers Taj Williams and Reggie Davis, who all have Florida offers for the Class of 2013.
“I like to show them part of the atmosphere, show them what big-time football is like,” Green said. “If I can get them to come to the University of Florida and help my alma mater out, it's even better.”
Williams and Davis — who returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown against Gainesville High in the state semifinals — consider Florida in their top two teams. They had always been interested, but Friday's camp helped solidify their desire to be a Gator.
“When they came here and actually met the coaches, it really sold them that the University of Florida is the place they really want to be, that it's a highly recommended place to go to school.”
Green, who had seven catches for 79 yards in the Gators' 1996 national championship game against Florida State, is pushing to get another receiver into blue and orange. Senior Raphael Andrades, who averaged nearly 42 yards a game last year, has offers from Arkansas, Vanderbilt and more, but really wants to be a Gator.
“I've always liked them, and Coach Green always shows us film from Florida, always talks about it,” Andrades said. “He makes us want to go there, even though I didn't need any convincing.”
Green says if Florida offers, they would get a quick commitment and an athlete ready for college football. But Andrades, who carries a 3.67 GPA, doesn't fit the typical standard Florida set for receivers. At 6-feet and 190 pounds, he's a little shorter and slower than Williams and Davis, who lead Lincoln's track team.
“Florida likes guys that are super duper fast, like the two younger guys” Green said. “Raph isn't as fast as those guys, but he's probably the better overall receiver. He's got phenomenal hands and he's more physically ready to play in college than those other guys, even though they still have another year in high school.”
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