More skill players on hand for Day 2 of camp

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A few more athletes trickled in for Florida’s second day of camp workouts.

Florida quarterback commit Jeff Driskel was the star Sunday, but got some rest Monday. He threw a little and talked with UF quarterbacks coach Scot Leoffler, but strapped some ice to his throwing arm, sat back and relaxed.

With Driskel taking some time off the field, rising sophomore Jordan Darling got a few more reps Monday. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound quarterback from West Chester, Ohio, Lakota West actually trumped Driskel in size and showed off a pretty decent arm. He might not have the legs of Driskel right now, but he’ll have a few years to develop and could be one to watch in the coming years. His father, Bill, said Jordan is on Oklahoma’s watch list and just visited the Sooners before making it to Gainesville.

Also throwing the ball around with a little velocity was Clearwater Countryside’s Gray Crow, a 2012 prospect. He impressed this spring at the Gainesville Nike Camp and made some pretty throws Monday. He’s listed at 6-3, 220 and showed some nice mobility during drills. He currently has an offer from Notre Dame and lists Miami, Florida and Stanford as other schools of interest.

With the quarterbacks come guys who catch the ball and Monday brought in a few speedsters. One prospect who impressed all morning was 2012 receiver Jody Fuller from Monroe, N.C., Sun Valley. At 6-0, 186, Fuller is a physical speciman. He’s got offers from South Carolina, Duke, East Carolina and Maryland. Fuller didn’t look much like a rising junior while going through drills and was arguably the fastest athlete during one-on-one drills. He showed excellent route running and soft hands and got extra work with UF receivers coach Zach Azzanni.

Another guy showing off his wheels was Neptune Beach Fletcher running back Mitchell Hester. Cornerbacks and linebackers had a terrible time trying to cover him. He was darting past everyone all morning. He’s got offers from Illinois, Southern Miss, Florida International, Maryland, Clemson, South Florida, Central Florida, Northern Illinois, Arkansas, and Middle Tennessee. At 5-10, 180, Hester could be someone who surprises a lot of coaches at summer camps.

Tampa Catholic fullback Hunter Joyer displayed some solid route running ability and a nice pair of hands during drills. Rivals.com ranks him as the nation’s top fullback and it’s unclear if Florida would take a fullback. But with the offense moving to more of a pro style, it wouldn’t be out of the question. The 6-0, 245-pounder rushed for more than 1,000 yards and had 10 touchdowns as a sophomore. His offers include Connecticut, Minnesota, Texas A&M and South Florida.

Also competing Monday morning was Bradenton Southeast defensive end Giovanni Francois. He looked a bit lean out on the field (he’s listed at 6-2, 220) but was going hard nonetheless. He’s got a few offers, but hasn’t really struck paydirt with any of the bigger programs. It’s still very early and he could start getting a lot more attention going to more camps.

While he didn’t work out, St. Augustine Pedro Menendez linebacker Tony Steward was on campus. Steward is the nation’s top linebacker, and while Florida State appears to have the early lead, he’s got some interest in Florida.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Real happy with our QB recruit. With all the linebackers leaving next year plus Beal tranferring, there will be plenty of opportunity for LB’s in the 2011 class to come in and make their mark.

  2. TampaDave is absolutely correct. Tony Steward would be a great fit…..and at the perfect time! Also, Jody Fuller could catch a lot of balls in the swamp. Would love to have these guys as Gators!

  3. THIS KID STEWARD WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE ON THE SWAMP FLOOR ON SATURDAYS. I HOPE WE SHOW HIM HE’S BETTER OFF AS A GATOR, BUT AGAIN THE SEMI-HOLES GET SOME PRETTY GOOD PLAYERS FROM ST. AUGUSTINE, BUT THIS IS THE ONE WE REALLY NEED TO STEAL. I GOT A FEELING HE’S REALLY THINKING GATORS.

  4. Running back Mitchell Hester from Neptune Beach Fletcher H.S. is the son of Ron Hester who played DE for FSU and LB for the Miami Dolphins. He will be one to keep an eye on this fall.

    By Emory