Blog on Friday Night Lights at Florida

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Hello everybody, and welcome to another edition of our Friday Night Lights live blog. The event will get going around 3 p.m. today and continue into the night, but we’ll be bringing you news and updates throughout the day as the event takes shape. Make sure you bookmark this page to keep up with everything happening in Gainesville.

9:31 p.m.: With everyone in the stadium, service wasn’t working and I was unable to update the live blog inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Jalon Jones participated in drills; something uncommon for top QB prospects at a camp. There were multiple highlight plays by unheralded wide receivers in drills, and a large portion of the UF team showed up to help instruct and hype up many of the campers. I’ll have a recap coming soon with quotes from Jones and a top 2020 prospect.

5:56 p.m.: Despite the event so far being closed to the public, I’ve seen multiple top targets here on campus — Bryan Bresee, QB Jalon Jones, Lloyd Summerall, Keon Zipperer and Diwun Black to name a few. I’ll have more updates when we are allowed access in an hour.

4:21 p.m.:  UF is not opening the Indoor Practice Facility on campus to the media or the public during a portion of Friday Night Lights. That’s a first in recent memory. A portion of the stands at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will be open after 7 p.m.

12:28 a.m.: UF tight ends coach Larry Scott sent out a rooftop shot from a nearby apartment complex pool. Recruits and campers continue to arrive in Gainesville.

11:52 a.m.: Top 247Sports tight end Keon Zipperer is on UF’s campus visiting. There was some concern Zipperer would back out at the last minute, but that’s not the case. He and Lloyd Summerall are visiting UF’s campus now and meeting with the coaching staff.

11:44 a.m.: 247Sports reporter Luke Stampini reports Ole Miss commit Diwun Black is touring UF’s campus already.

11:35 a.m.: One of the top 2020 prospects, Sav’ell Smalls, announced he’s arrived in Gainesville on his Twitter account. The Gators expect to have multiple five-star 2020 prospects in attendance today.

8:47 a.m.: Gators quarterback commit Jalon Jones announced his arrival Thursday back to Gainesville.

8:35 a.m.: Before the event begins tonight, the Gators received some unfortunate news: Kayvon Thibodeaux, ranked the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2019 class, announced on social media he would be unable to make the trip to Gainesville after his flight was cancelled.

18 COMMENTS

  1. I am sure the Justin Watkins story and the gangster gambler incident has nothing to do with the doors going shut on the press for the first time for Friday Night Lights. Mullen probably needs some serious recovery time alone with recruits right now.

  2. Here is some news in the form of a question for the Sun team. The Charlotte Observer and USA today have reported that Ohio St. running back Antonio Williams, who announced his transfer to U of N Carolina this spring, has been cleared by NCAA for immediate eligibility to play this season. Also reported by the Observer, another Ohio St. transfer, this one to NC State, guard Braxton Beverly, also had a transfer waiver approved and will be eligible this season. Is there something in regards to the transfer waivers UF has requested on Trevon Grimes (also from Ohio State) and Van Jefferson that we are not being told? See if you can get your investigative journalism instincts going on this one!

    • Alex, no response as of this evening, so my guess is they have taken the day off, or just don’t know how to get the answers from the all powerful NCAA. The players in question are no doubt aware that many other transfers who have submitted a waver request on the 1 year rule have gotten their answer, even if it was “No”. Just hate to see UF and these 2 young men left dangling in the wind for so long. However, I am certain that the powers that be at the Big Office have only the welfare and best interest of the players in mind as they dilly dally.

      • Dan F: We have asked about this multiple times. With practice scheduled to start Friday, pretty sure the NCAA will announce the decision this week. Seems both receivers are handling things fine, going to class and participating in conditioning.
        And this from UF’s Dan Mullen the last time he was asked about the NCAA ruling:

        “I don’t want to say (it’s) frustrating, because just having done this a long time within the NCAA, you just understand that it’s a process. And as the process plays out, you get a feel, we feel good or bad about one thing or the other, and hopefully we’ll be able to announce something in the near future about what’s going on with the transfers.”