Nation's top prospects at Friday Night Lights


Florida quarterback commit Will Grier (446) throws during a drill at the University of Florida's Friday Night Lights at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Friday.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 11:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 11:56 p.m.

The nation's top prospects were out in full force at UF's Friday Night Lights despite an hour's worth of rain delay.

Once the downpour ceased and the sky cleared, Florida Field filled with over 300 campers for the Gators' premier recruiting event of the summer.

Davidson (N.C.) Day quarterback and UF commit Will Grier was by far the most impressive of the participants. He showed off a cannon-arm with consistent accuracy and zip on the ball.

His precision passes drew the most reactions from spectators in the stadium, and nearly every recruit who wasn't working out took the time to see him throw.

Although Grier was one of the most high-profile recruits on hand, he didn't feel like coming down to Gainesville for nothing.

“I wanted to come out here and compete and show that I'm willing to work just as hard as anyone else,” Grier said. “It meant a lot to me to be able to work out with the coaches in The Swamp. I can't do that very much, so I had fun and I can't wait to get back.”

Grier's performance came as no surprise to Florida running back commit Dalvin Cook, who earlier this month watched his future teammate lead his 7-on-7 team to the championship game at The Opening combine in Oregon.

“This is nothing new,” the Miami Central state champion said of Grier. “He always balls out in camp settings like this. I'm just glad he's going to be on my team.”

Cook's teammate, 2015 wideout Da'Vante Phillips, stood out during the pass-catching drills. He is one of the top overall prospects in next year's recruiting cycle and gained plenty of attention from the Florida staff.

Afterward, Phillips met with the coaches and pulled the trigger for the Gators, becoming Florida's first commitment for the class of 2015.

“I had a great experience at Friday Night Lights and I just decided this is where I want to play,” said the 6-foot-1, 189-pounder.

Five-star athlete Adoree' Jackson of Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra did not participate in the event, instead hanging out with freshman defensive backs Vernon Hargreaves III and Nick Washington and taking in the environment.

“Overall the atmosphere was great, so I enjoyed it,” Jackson said. “It was crazy. It was insane. First one-on-one snap, you heard the ‘oohs' and ‘aahs.' The crowd was into it.”

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