Summer camp superlatives


Urban Meyer’s first round of football camp has come to pass and Florida’s coaches got to work out a handful of talented guys.

And I think talent should be rewarded, so here are my camps superlatives. Enjoy!

Most Outstanding Prospect
This one is easy. There was one guy who stood out in every drill and every workout. Oviedo Hagerty quarterback and UF commit Jeff Driskel displayed a great arm and some nice mechanics. Sure, there weren’t linemen or linebackers breathing down his neck, but this was a chance for him to get some tips from UF quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler. Any time he was advised to change something, he did without hesitation. During one-on-ones he had the most powerful and accurate arm on the field.

Name You Didn’t Know That You Soon Will
Coming into the week I had no idea who Willie Snead was. I had heard of his father playing at UF in the 1980s, but that was it. I watched him Monday thinking he was some big-name wide receiver that I had somehow not heard of. The Muskegon, Mich., Muskegon Heights athlete displayed great route-running skills and burned just about every defender he faced in one-on-ones. He might not have the name at the moment, but that should change the more he camps this summer.

Top Lineman
This one could go to either a defensive or offensive lineman, but the most polished lineman on either side of the ball was easily Dover, Del., offensive lineman Trip Thurman. He dominated defensive linemen during one-on-ones and showed great technique during individual drills. He got a lot of work with UF offensive coordinator Steve Addazio and looked like the most physically impressive lineman prospect.

Golden Cleats
The fastest-looking guy deserves to have his name associated with the great Michael Johnson. Well, maybe not, but it’s still fun. This was a tough one because there is no shortage of speed in the state of Florida. After careful thought I had to go with Jacksonville Trinity Christian running back Andrew Buie. He blew past every defender he went up against and was able to stop and cut in an instant. He’s been clocked at running 4.5 in the 40, but looks much faster than that.

Defensive MVP
This award should go to St. Augustine Pedro Menendez linebacker Tony Steward, but he was slowed by a bad ankle, so he spent most of his time just doing individual drills. The one guy who impressed in everything was Groveland Southlake cornerback Nick Waisome. He only needed to show off one day to prove the he’s one of the top corner prospects in the South. He’s got great speed, good instincts and isn’t intimidated by bigger receivers. He recorded an interception during one-on-ones and was shutting down everyone he faced.

Youngster to Watch
There were a few underclassmen on campus this week, but the one who impressed the most was 2012 receiver Jody Fuller from Monroe, N.C., Sun Valley. When I first saw him I was convinced the he was a rising senior. With a chiseled frame, he looked too big to be an upcoming junior. He ran smooth, crisp routes and was hardly stopped during one-on-ones. He dropped a couple passes here and there, but spent a good amount of time with UF receivers coach Zach Azzanni.


  1. Need them all. I remember Snead here as a Gator. His son Willie would be a great catch for the Gators. Always have room for kids of former Gators. Being a very reciever should not hurt either. I would think he could take Hammond’s place in a wink.

  2. Buie is from my alma mater (also produced Gator safety Gus Scott). Have had the privilege of watching him play last year. His speed is deceptive, cuts/breaks are fluid, and loves contact. Would like to see an offer extended to the young man.

  3. We REALLY need a big class of big OL’s after only two in last year’s class. Hope Thurman comes on down. I also hope Steward sees the light and realizes that promises of future glory at F$U don’t compare with a track record of it.

  4. As a former Muskegon, Mich. resident, I have to say that I’m surprised that a Muskegon Heights High athlete got recruiting by UF. That high school is really known for its high profile basketball program. The real football power belongs to Muskegon High School. The Big Reds know about tradition.

    But again, like Mr. Aschoff stated, Willie Snead is listed as an athlete and the “Heights” crank those out from time to time, too. Don’t be surprised that you’ve never heard of Snead. Prior to moving there I never heard of the town of Muskegon either. It just goes to show how hard coach Meyer’s recruiting team works to find talent. I’ll definately be keeping an eye out on Snead, especially since Muskegon student-athletes typically choose programs like UM, MSU, and Ohio State.

  5. I’m on board with Mark about the Buie Kid out of Trinity, I think he will be a good catch and one we wouldn’t regret. He’s pretty versatile, tough, speedy, elusive and seem to enjoy the game. I hope this kid gets a shot with the big boys, I believe he will be a productive asset.