Bruce satisfied with offensive showing

Sam Bruce (right) with teammate Jake Allen, a Florida commit. (Photo courtesy of Allen)

Sam Bruce has been to every major event since Jim McElwain took over the Florida football program.

He first attended the spring game and then came to Friday Night Lights, UF’s annual recruiting showcase in July.

This weekend he returned for the Gators’ season opener, and they didn’t disappoint him.

“It went great,” Bruce said. “They threw the ball around a lot and put up a lot of points. That’s definitely what I came out to see.

“They looked very good. My boy Jordan Scarlett, he got in the end zone tonight. So I’m really satisfied.”

The top-100 overall recruit from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas is growing more comfortable with McElwain’s offensive system. He liked what the unit showed in the spring, but watching it flourish in an actual game was big for him.

“This helped a lot,” Bruce said. “It just gave me a little insight into what I need to look at.┬áBrandon Powell, he’s an electrifying player. I really feel like I can fill his spot.”

Bruce is strongly considering Florida despite his current pledge to the Hurricanes. He plans to be back in Gainesville for the Tennessee game and officially visit later in the year.

Asked if he’s basically comparing UF to UM on his trips, Bruce said, “I guess you could say that at this point. As of now, I’m still committed to Miami.”

Florida had more than half as many fans in the stands for its season opener than UM (43,467). Bruce admits he notices the difference, but said it’s not a factor for him.

“I’m in college just to get my education and play my heart out on the field,” Bruce said. “But it was a nice atmosphere, of course. Who doesn’t like playing in front of 90,000 people?”

However, The Swamp wasn’t the only football field Bruce saw Saturday. He and his teammate, Gators 2017 QB commit Jake Allen, received a tour of the new indoor practice facility.

“It was beautiful,” Bruce said. “That was my first thing I saw when I got here. They took me over on the cart and we shot right over to the indoor. It was a great facility. I can definitely imagine myself practicing in there.”

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