Strong-armed Tampa QB likes Gators


Florida grabbed two quarterbacks in its 2010 recruiting class, but there’s a feeling that this year Florida’s staff will be going hard after a couple more high-profile signal callers. Many are already on the staff’s list and a bunch have already expressed plenty of interest in the Gators.

While big-name guys are the objective this season, there are a couple of quarterbacks who haven’t had the opportunity to garner “elite” status just yet that are worth keeping an eye on. One of those guys is Tampa Plant’s Phillip Ely. He’s gotten a little attention this year primarily because of “Mr. Everything” running back/linebacker James Wilder Jr., who is on everyone’s recruiting board this year. But Ely is looking to make a name for himself before his senior season and he got off to a good start early in the year.

Ely impressed scouts and reporters in Orlando back in late February at the EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB regional camp. A reporter at the event told me he had one of the strongest arms out of a group that featured Oviedo Hagerty’s Jeff Driskel and Miami Booker T. Washington’s Teddy Bridgewater. He’s listed as a pro-style quarterback, but has recorded a 4.5 in the 40 and his film shows that he’s got some nice mobility.

I caught up with the 6-foot-1, 187-pound quarterback earlier this week and asked him how recruiting was going for him. He said he’s added a little bit of weight and with that, he’s gotten a little more attention from some of the bigger schools, most notably Florida. Ely said he currently holds “10 or 12” offers. Some of those include Arizona State, Florida Atlantic, South Florida, Iowa State and Florida International.

Ely will start planning his summer visits soon, but has no leaders at this point.

“I’m kind of looking at all (schools) about the same,” Ely said.

He did single out ASU, Iowa and Wake Forest as the schools he’s kept up with the most.

Being that this blog is devoted to Gator recruiting, I asked Ely what he thought about the Florida and he said the Gators have certainly caught his eye. When asked what he liked about Florida, Ely replied, “everything.”

“They are what my high school is — upbeat practices, (they) throw the ball around, family-like atmosphere, great coaches,” he said.

He added that he has a good relationship with quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler and that he likes the way Loeffler works with young quarterbacks.

Ely might not be getting the royal treatment in recruiting, but there’s talent in his blood. His father, grandfather and four uncles all played D-I football.

Ely said he plans to camp at Florida this summer.


  1. Good memory, ga gator! We had a starting defensive back around 1969-70, one of Ray Graves’ last guys from the “Silver Sixties” named Ely from Tampa. I believe his first name was Todd. Might be same family. And, by the way, did anyone note that Salty Burns passed away March 12? Terrific high school coach from Tampa whose son Jack was a great Gator and a long-time NFL coach and coordinator, mostly with Washington.

  2. What is your opinion about the latest Blow out with the press, what I saw is the stress level with Urban hasn’t disso.(spelling)He is a very intense guy met him I few times at Bally Hou. And last question is how does his fit of temper effect recruit. Never met you but I like your logic, you never comes agross emotional just logical, you need to get on ESPN, Erin did but please don’t take off your clothes to get there
    God Bless

  3. Phillip’s father is Bruce Ely and his uncle is Terry Ely… who both played at Miami. Phillip’s other uncles are Mark and Steve Ely who both played defensive back at Florida back in the 60’s.
    Great family whom I have known for a long time. Mark is especially connected to Plant High School to this day. Could not ask for better people.