I live in the Atlanta area and saw Gainesville, Ga., QB/WR/Athlete Blake Sims play. I am over 55 and have seen a lot of football, and he is head and shoulders better than any I have ever watched. He has committed to Alabama, and UGA is hot on him. Any chance the Gators could steal him away to play the Percy position?
— Ken Frier
Florida hasn’t offered Sims, who is, as you said, a very talented athlete. He committed to Alabama back in April and has barely talked about the Gators during the entire process. I think Florida’s staff has a clear idea about the offensive athletes it wants in this class, and Urban Meyer won’t waste his time if he doesn’t think he can get a prospect. But I think Sims is looking around. He’s a Bama guy, but Georgia has put some heat on him lately. If there was a team that could switch him over, it would be Georgia.
We have (Quinton) Dunbar, (Solomon) Patton, and we are rumored to already have (Chris) Dunkley as a silent. How many more spots do we have for the WR position? Who are the likely candidates to fill the spots out of (Ivan) McCartney, (Christian) Green, (Kenny) Stills, (Kenny) Shaw, (Trovon) Reed, (maybe flipping a commit?), etc. Who does the staff want the most? Who are your favorites?
— Rom 8:31
With three receivers locked up, I think Florida’s staff would like to go after at least three more. Florida will lose Riley Cooper, Brandon James and David Nelson after this season and return eight guys — if attrition doesn’t strike. I know it seems like eight receivers is a lot, but none are proven. Deonte Thompson will have the most experience, but it doesn’t seem like he’s trusted on the field. Meyer and receivers coach Billy Gonzales have always said they’d like to get 10 or more guys at the position a year. Getting six guys could be a stretch, but from the way the receivers have played this season, it’s obvious this team needs some more talent out there.
Dunkley is the guy. He’s the one the staff wants — and probably has. He’s been on campus plenty of times, and even though he has yet to officially visit, he doesn’t really need to at this point. He probably will, but he’s in Gainesville so much that it wouldn’t even matter.
I wonder if (possibly getting Joshua Shaw) will eliminate the chances of (Cody) Riggs committing??
— Zach Abolverdi
I looked at the numbers recently and if Shaw were to commit to Florida, the Gators would have two other guys — Jaylen Watkins and Travon Van — coming in as corner prospects. Add Riggs to the equation and the Gators would have four corners in this class. That’s not a ridiculously high number. I don’t think Riggs would be deterred at all because this team plays with so many defensive backs on the field. Just check out that nifty “Joker” package. I go back to 2007 when the Gators were riddled with young guys in the defensive backfield. It hurt them because all the inexperience translated into a lot of points for other teams. If the Gators can bring all these defensive backs on campus, they’ll have time to learn and get some limited playing time. Four corners is nothing too crazy for a team to bring in when looking to add some depth in the next couple of years.