TAMPA, Fla. — After being committed to the Florida Gators for more than a year and a half, things got interesting for Daquon Green during the final month of his recruitment.
The consensus 4-star wide receiver officially visited UF on Jan. 20, but schools were still trying to get Green on campus for the final weekend of the 2017 cycle.
Green elected to visit Tennessee, setting up a trip to Rocky Top for Jan. 27. Those plans, however, backfired on the Under Armour All-American.
“Everybody thought I was flipping to Tennessee,” Green said. “A lot of people thought that because I scheduled a visit there. Fans and the recruiting services kept saying there was a chance I would flip.”
After a conversation with Florida wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon II, Green canceled his plans. He maintains his commitment was never in question.
“I was just going there to have fun and check it out,” Green said of the Tennessee trip. “But it turned into a big rumor that everybody kept bringing up to me. Coach Dixon asked me not to go because it would cause more drama than there already was. So I just fell back.”
WATCH: Q&A with Florida WR signee Daquon Green
Posted by Florida Gators Insiders on Saturday, April 22, 2017
The following Q&A with Green is part of our Florida recruiting rewind series.
Q: If you could give a junior only one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be?
A: “Do your research. Ask the coaches questions, ask the players what it takes to be part of the team and make an impact.”
Q: What school came in second? What could they have done a little better?
A: North Carolina. It was perfect for me. It’d be good in their system. The only thing is that it was far away. I just wanted to stay in-state and stay close to family and friends so they can come see me play a lot.”
Q: Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting?
A: “Ohio State. I was disappointed in them. They used to be my No. 1 school until the running backs coach [Tony Alford] started pressuring me. After I committed he asked if I still wanted to be recruited by them. I said, ‘Yeah, because it’s only my junior year.’ So he was like, ‘Then why would you commit?’ It felt kind of shady to me.”
Q: “What is the funniest thing any coach said to you during the entire recruiting process, either on phone or in person?”
A: “Ron Dugans, the receivers coach at Miami, he used to tell me all type of crazy stuff. It just blew my mind. One time he text me and said he was laying next to his wife and they were thinking about me being part of their family. Then when I committed, he was mad at me. Eventually I just stopped responding to him.”
Q: What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention?
A: “Florida inviting me to a game and showing me how hype the crowd gets. Then showing me around the stadium, the facilities and the weight room. That’s what separated UF.”
Q: What’s the biggest secret you kept during the recruiting process?
A: “The day I was going to commit, on Friday Night Lights. There wasn’t anybody expecting it. I told myself to wait until signing day, but people used to blow me up about recruiting constantly. All day every day, throughout school and everything. My patience for it was just getting short, so I didn’t want to wait anymore.”
Q: What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process?
A: “I don’t really have any regrets. I already knew the choice I wanted to make. I was sure about it and I stayed 100-percent committed. I wish I waited a little big longer just to see if any other schools came after me. Once I committed, everybody knew what time it was.”
Q: What was the funniest story that happened on one of your recruiting trips?
A: “Every time I see Coach [Chris] Rumph he has a different story about something. The whole time he’s just joking. One time he told us about when he got on a crop duster plane and it was rocking because it’s so small. Then it started raining and it freaked him out. He said he’d rather drive four hours than take a 30-minute flight.”
Q: Which coach was the hardest to say no to?
A: “The receivers coach at Ole Miss, Grant Heard [who’s now at Indiana]. He kept asking me if I was going to take a visit up there and I planned to do it, but then I committed. That was hard to cancel those plans with him.”
Q: Which college would you have considered more seriously if they had offered you earlier in the process?
A: “Clemson. I was talking to the receivers coach, Jeff Scott. I told Deon Cain, my old teammate, put in a good word for me because I wanted to play with him. But it never came together.”
Q: Which head coach of a team that you did not sign with was the nicest?
A: “Coach Larry Fedora. He’s a nice guy and I liked him. North Carolina was just so far away.”
Q: If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting?
A: “All the unnecessary offers, like offering kids in middle school. Those offers aren’t really legit, but they go to the heads of so many kids.”