The Florida Gators hosted another Junior Day this weekend this time loading up on offensive talent. With the Gators struggling offensively for the last four seasons, head coach Will Muschamp scrapped the pro style for a spread offense bringing in new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper from Duke. He’s expected to install his version of the spread the same offense which put Duke in the ACC championship game last season.
In a search for playmakers, the Gators hosted a ton of offensive recruits for the 2015 cycle on Saturday, none bigger than Lovejoy, GA five star wide receiver Preston Williams, 6’4 205.
A U.S. Army All American, Williams is the top wide receiver in the nation according to Scout.com and is at the top of the Gators wideout board as well. He’s a big, strong, physical receiver with speed to burn able to fight for the ball in traffic, go up over defenders to make the catch, or out run them to the end zone.
To say he’s an elite talent would be an understatement. He’s a solid route runner way above average for a recruit still in high school, has great size and leaping ability which allows him to make circus catches even with defenders draped over him, and he has the speed and athletic ability to run away from defenders, to run through tackles, and to leave defenders face down wondering what happened. A long striding speedster who reaches top speed quickly, he also has great balance which allows him to grab balls which aren’t necessarily on target as well as make playstation moves in the open field.
As a junior he caught 50 passes for 1235 yards an amazing 27.5 yards per catch with 16 td’s. He runs a 4.34 forty yard dash which is ridiculous for a player his size.
He’s also a heralded track and field guy finishing fifth in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump in the Georgia class 6A state track championships.
A Tennessee commit, he’s currently taking a look at a few other schools around the southeast and the Gators were the first stop on his tour. He did seem to enjoy his visit very much.
“It’s was great,” Williams said. “I had a lot of fun saw lots of things .. It was what I expected.”
While on the trip he got to speak with wide receiver’s coach Joker Phillips where they discussed the new offense and how he’d fit into it. He seemed to be impressed sensing that it’s a good fit for his skillset.
“That’s my best style of play,” Williams said.
Williams is also somewhat of a social media star with close to 17,000 Twitter followers. That’s a lot of followers but it shows he has an outgoing and engaging personality. It also shows he’s media savvy and a fan favorite.
While still committed to Tennessee, he’s expected to continue to take unofficial visits around the southeast. He mentioned that he has plans to visit both the home state Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina in the next few weeks.
The Gators, however, are a team he’s seriously considering moving forward according to Williams. Gator fans have to be excited about that prospect. He very well could be the vertical threat the Gators have lacked since Riley Cooper and Andre Caldwell.
Considering the Gators struggles offensively the last few seasons, Williams may be the most important recruit on the their board for 2015 and the staff will continue to recruit him hard right up until the end.
Will Muschamp has earned the nickname “Coach Flipper” for his ability to flip top recruits the last few seasons, but if there was only one recruit in this class he could flip, Williams would certainly be the most important one. He has elite speed, hands, and athletic ability.
Here’s what Scout.com analyst Scott Kennedy wrote in his bio for the site.
“Williams is the total package at wide receiver. He has plus size and run away from a defense type of speed. He has good strength and balance, enabling him to break a tackle. Because of his size, he’s always open, because he can outleap and box out smaller defensive backs. He has terrific hands and elevates well in traffic to rip the ball out of the air. There’s not much he can’t do” – Scott Kennedy
Stay tuned to Swamp Music for the Junior Day weekend wrap up at 12:05 pm eastern.