Top receiver a no-show at UF camp


The afternoon session of Florida’s camps was pretty much like the morning.

The big news of the day was supposed to be the arrival of 2012 Pompano Beach Ely wide receiver Avery Johnson, but he never showed. Total bummer. As a sophomore, he caught 55 passes for 705 yards and seven touchdowns. His presence would have really enhanced the receiving group, which still looked pretty solid in the afternoon.

Jeff Driskel (Oviedo Hagerty) continued to be the top offensive prospect on the field. He got to show off his arm a few times during one-on-one drills and would have had a very nice touchdown on a 50-yard bomb if his receiver hadn’t dropped it. His parents confirmed that he is done looking at schools and is very solid on his commitment to Florida. He’ll be enrolling early in January.

Tony Steward (St. Augustine Pedro Menendez) continued to impress at linebacker. As reported earlier, Steward is playing on a bad ankle, but went through afternoon drills as if nothing was wrong. He’s showing why he’s looked at as one of the hardest working prospects in the country.

The sleeper of this summer so far could be Muskegon, Mich., Muskegon Heights receiver Willie Snead. He looked like the best receiver on the field in the morning and did nothing to change that later in the day. Earlier, I wrote that he held no offers, but according to his father, Willie Snead III, he currently has offers from Michigan State, Florida International, Troy, Ball State, Cincinnati and Bowling Green. Snead’s father, who was a receiver at Florida in the 1980s, said Florida is his top school, but he hasn’t received an offer. Snead played mostly quarterback last year, passing for nearly 3,000 yards and had 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,120 yards and 15 scores.

A guy showing off a little bit in the afternoon was Groveland Southlake linebacker Jason Montgomery. He’s listed as a linebacker, but worked out in one-on-ones against receivers. He certainly had the speed to keep up with them, but he’ll need a little work if he wants to stay in the secondary.To