Friday Night Lights continued producing for Florida on Sunday.
The Gators landed their fifth recruit from Friday’s showcase with the verbal commitment of quarterback Kyle Trask of Manvel, Texas.
“I felt like it was a place I could call home for four years,” said Trask, who was offered by UF on Saturday.
Rivals and 247Sports rate Trask a two-star prospect, but it’s likely not a reflection of his ability. For the past two seasons he’s been the No. 2 QB on his team, playing behind Top247 and ESPN300 member D’Eriq King.
“I’m sure that plays a factor in my ranking,” Trask said.
King, a 2016 recruit as well, is committed to TCU and was an Elite 11 semifinalist. He had 3,050 passing yards, 47 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2014.
King is also a dual-threat QB and runs Manvel’s spread offense, which isn’t a fit for the 6-foot-5, 218-pound Trask. In limited action last year, Trask completed 70 percent of his pass attempts for 786 yards and six touchdowns with no picks.
Trask said he thought about attending another high school but didn’t because of the transfer rules in Texas, which require players to sit out a year. He soon realized landing an offer wouldn’t be easy, and he’d have to earn it.
Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier evaluated Trask twice during the spring evaluation period. He then camped at UF in June and returned Friday to throw for Nussmeier and coach Jim McElwain.
“They like my size, my arm strength and my ability to throw the ball,” Trask said. “They also think I have the mental toughness it takes to play at Florida.”
A Sun recruiting source — who played in the ACC and coached high school football for several years — pointed out a camper wearing No. 351 at FNL. He did not know who the player was, but called him “deadly accurate.”
“I wore 351,” Trask said Sunday.
Nussmeier told Trask UF plans to sign two quarterbacks in the 2016 class, which currently has 18 members. The Gators also have a commitment from Jake Allen, the top-ranked QB in the state of Florida for 2017.
“I’m not afraid of competition,” Trask said. “Look where I play now.”