If things go his way, Kadarius Toney’s recruitment may have already reached its conclusion.
Toney called Florida running backs coach Tim Skipper on Wednesday night, informing him of his decision to verbally commit to the Gators.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Blount High (Ala.) has seen his stock rise significantly in the months following his junior season, leading Florida to extend a scholarship offer in April.
“Coach Skipper was the first coach I met from Florida,” Toney said. “It was a couple of weeks before they offered me, and we built a relationship.”
Currently listed as an athlete by Rivals, the possibility remains that Toney will switch positions from quarterback. With 896 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, Toney excelled as a ball carrier, and playing elsewhere on offense is a viable option.
But Toney said he expects to get a shot under center for the Gators.
“(Coach Jim McElwain and coach Tim Skipper) told me I would have a chance to play quarterback,” Toney said.
With five-star quarterback Jake Allen having also given the Gators his verbal commitment for the 2017 class,, Toney said the thought of competing against Allen for the job is exciting.
“I’m a real competitive person,” Toney said. “Hopefully he has an equal level of competitiveness.”
Toney has yet to visit Gainesville, but that will soon change. He said he intends to visit UF and tour the facilities on May 28.
While Toney holds more than 15 scholarship offers, he doesn’t plan on visiting many schools. Rather than turning his recruitment into a spectacle, Toney said he is firm in his commitment to Florida.
The reason? Toney wants to be sure he has a place on UF’s roster for the 2017 season.
He intends on graduating early in December from Blount, leaving open the possibility of becoming a midyear enrollee. said he hasn’t spoken to Florida’s coaching staff about the opportunity, but he hopes to talk it over during his visit. Whether or not he enrolls early, Toney’s goal– lock up a spot on the Gators — is closer to completion.
“When the end of the season comes, I won’t be searching and finding what schools still have my offer,” Toney said. “I really want my spot to be sewed up.”