Florida Gators Football Recruiting Update: March 29, 2016

    A Florida Gators football recruiting update for the week of March 29, 2016 analyzing the program's crop of prospects.

    March 29, 2016

    A Florida Gators football recruiting update for the week of March 29, 2016 analyzing the program’s crop of prospects.


    The last week was another slow one for the Gators on the recruiting trail. Florida didn’t land any more commitments. Instead, it gave head coach Jim McElwain a raise — after one season.
    The Gators offered five more recruits since last week. Kevin Jarvis, Dalyn Wade-Perry, Omar Manning and Jaylon Johnson are all 2017 recruits, while Warren Thompson is in the 2018 class. 

    Jarvis is a 6-foot-5, 324-pound offensive guard who plays mean and attacks defensive linemen as though they’ve been dropping “yo mama” jokes throughout the game. He’s extremely strong and is a tenacious run blocker. While he maintains a wide base and has improved his footwork, Jarvis still has a lot of room to improve as a pass protector. 

    Wade-Perry isn’t lacking size at defensive tackle either. He stands at 6-foot-5, 310 lbs and brings a lot of athleticism to the trenches. He disengages well and fires off the ball. Wade-Perry keeps his pad level down, but could benefit from dropping some weight in order to get a little quicker. 

    In Manning’s case, he’s built to play wide receiver at the next level right now (6-foot-3, 203 lbs). He isn’t the quickest receiver, but his size allows him to win one-on-one balls and to make plays in the red zone. Manning has strong hands and excellent body control. Plus, he high-points the football, which is key for a receiver of his nature when it comes to 50-50 balls. 

    Johnson, the fourth 2017 recruit to land an offer from the Gators last week, has the height (6-foot-1) but is a bit on the lighter side (170 lbs). He’s better in press coverage than he is playing with cushion, but tightening up the footwork and reacting quicker to the ball in the air can change that. Johnson gets off blocks quickly enough to shut down the flats. He tends to hit more than wrap up in the open field, but that’s just another element he can work on to improve his game.

    In Thompson’s case, he has elite size for a wide receiver (6-foot-4) but could stand to tack on a few pounds (185 lbs). His acceleration allows him to make plays in kick returns, and his body control and tendency to snatch the ball make him a prime red zone target. Thompson also has experience playing quarterback, which opens up the wildcat and wide receiver pass options. 

    Below is a sketch of how Florida’s 2017 recruiting class currently looks.

    Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

    Florida Gators Football Recruiting Update


    Complete Class

  1. No. 31 Overall Class
  2. Total Commits: 3
  3. 5-Star Commits: 0
  4. 4-Star Commits: 2
  5. 3-Star Commits: 1
  6. Jake Allen: 4-Star, No. 16 QB, No. 201 Overall
  7. Daquon Green: 4-Star, No. 20 WR, No. 151 Overall
  8. Kadeem Telfort: unranked 3-Star OT

  9. Top Targets

  10. Dylan Moses: 5-Star, No. 1 ATH, No. 2 Overall
  11. Trevon Grimes: 5-Star, No. 1 WR, No. 5 Overall
  12. James Robinson: 4-Star, No. 18 WR, No. 118 Overall
  13. Jarez Parks: 4-Star, No. 3 DE, No. 42 Overall
  14. Tee Higgins: 4-Star, No. 7 WR, No. 40 Overall

  15. Swamp Talk

  16. Former Gator Compared Jim McElwain And Will Muschamp At Florida’s Pro Day
  17. Florida Gives Jim McElwain Raise After One Season
  18. Will Grier’s Reason For Transfer Divulged

  19. Tweet Of The Week

    Despite being in New Jersey, Dalyn Wade-Perry’s “childhood team” was the Florida Gators. 

    Scouting The Enemy

  20. 3-Star WR Monterio Hunt committed to Mississippi State (3/28/2016)
  21. 4-Star S JaVont’e Richardson committed to Kentucky (3/27/2016)
  22. 4-Star QB Jake Bentley committed to South Carolina (3/24/2016)

  23. Recent Florida Offers

  24. Kevin Jarvis, 2017 4-Star, No. 13 OG, No. 236 Overall, Park Ridge, Ill. 
  25. Dalyn Wade-Perry, 2017 3-Star, No. 30 DT, Unranked Overall, Sparta, N.J.
  26. Omar Manning, 2017 4-Star, No. 10 WR, No. 80 Overall, Lancaster, Texas
  27. Warren Thompson, 2018 WR, Seffner, Fla. 
  28. Jaylon Johnson, 2017 4-Star, No. 37 CB, Unranked Overall, 

  29. MORE: Baseball Team’s Success Could Give Florida Advantage For 4-Star OLB

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