Thompson overwhelmed on his UF official


Gainesville receiver Chris Thompson was the only Florida commit who took an official visit to UF this weekend, but there were plenty of future Gators around to keep him company.

He spent time with Florida’s eight early enrollees as well as UF commits Ahmad Fulwood and Nick Washington, who both unofficially visited on Saturday.

“I had a good time with those guys,” Thompson said. “I’m from Gainesville so it doesn’t take much to make me feel at home, but they showed me a lot of hospitality. I got along real well with Kelvin Taylor and Demarcus Robinson.”

Thompson and his GHS team made it to the Class 6A State Championship. (Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun)

His favorite part of the trip was the food and getting to know new receivers coach Joker Phillips.

Thompson said UF coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease delivered their usual message to him about the need for playmakers at receiver. Phillips, however, had a different discussion with the GHS standout.

“He was telling me not to change who I am,” Thompson said. “He knows that coming to UF was dream and I worked hard to make it happen, but he says I can’t be satisfied with that. I have to stay humble and continue being a good person. He just doesn’t want me to get full of myself and says I need to keep grinding.”

Phillips encouraged Thompson to come up to the football facilities as often as possible and get an early jump on next year.

“I’m going to do any and everything I can in the offseason,” Thompson said.

The 6-foot, 170-pounder was hosted by UF junior defensive tackle Damien Jacobs, who also hosted Ole Miss JUCO defensive tackle commit Jarran Reed (Scooba East Mississippi CC). He spoke with Sun about his visit to Florida on Monday night.

Next weekend, the Gators are scheduled to host fullback Kennard Swanson, Auburn defensive end commit Tashawn Bower and UF commits Alvin Bailey, Marqui Hawkins, James Hearns, Keanu Neal and Antonio Riles on official visits. Florida verbals Caleb Brantley, Ahmad Fulwood, Vernon Hargreaves III, Jordan Sherit and Nick Washington also plan to visit unofficially.


  1. I was curious if could still practice with team even though he’s not an EE.
    I heard he’s been around the program for a few years now hanging around.
    Anyone that hasnt Chris play at a 100 percent is going to be surprised at his talent,very good baller.

  2. Hey Zach,

    Since the transfer of Brissett, is the coaching staff still looking for a late QB addition or are they going to bank on Grier for next year? If they are still looking, do you have any leads on who the late looks could be going to? Woulard? Del Rio?

  3. I seen Thompson play in the state championship game against Miami Central. He is not the impact player that people think that he is. He did absolutely nothing to help his team win that game, he did pull a great disappearing act though

  4. I saw him play in the semi-finals against Navarre and he played great. He is very smooth running. He makes defined cuts when running his routes, which would be an improvement on what our receivers do now. He actually played DB really well on Navarre’s top WR (Leggitt, a clemson committ) and had an INT on a deep throw where he out played Leggitt to the ball. He also had TD catch on a corner route where he left the DB holding his ankles at about the ten yard line. I think with the right motivation and coaching he could do very well.

  5. Thank you J.O. for the hopeful attitude. GatorGrad08 what were Louisville WR rated at because we got out played by them. Its the heart in the man and the work ethic that will tell the tale in the end. That is also why we are taking 6 WR in this class. Can’t afford to wait on one guy to step up anymore.

  6. Don’t judge a player off ONE game, look at a more complete package. We should all know that one game does not make a career, so don’t judge him by the one game you may have seen. Thes coaches watch a lot of film and live games, they have seen something that you didn’t see in that one playoff game. Give them the benifit of the doubt of knowing what they are looking for in a receiver. They have been doing a great job since they have been here with time t evaluate talent. GO GATORS!!!!

  7. This kid has what can’t be taught. He is probably the fastest WR we will sign this year. He reminds me a lot of current DB Brian Poole on film, and the coaches absolutely love that kid. This kid is a good get, and remember this thread in about 3-4 years of his development. Not only that, he is a good, hard working kid, and a good student. We pass on way too many local kids who can flat out play… Anyome remember Clinto Portis?

  8. Good luck Chris. Glad to have you apart of the GatorNation. I think you are a heck of a ball player and I think you will succeed at UF. The 4 n 5 stars are overrated to a degree. You got your offer performing in front of the coaches at FNL’s, that’s proof enough to me. J and Swampman I agree with both of your comments. UF definitely needs to get the local talent, but I can’t argue with the choices the coaching staff has made. They are definitely doing something right. Once again great job Zach. Keep that info coming.