GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wide receiver was Florida’s best position group in the 2016 class, with the Gators signing five talented players to boost their passing game.
One of the most intriguing recruits is junior college transfer Dre Massey, who enrolled at UF last month.
The 5-foot-9, 184-pounder is an electric athlete who adds a new element to the Florida offense.
“Dre is a guy that can hurt you in a lot of phases of the game because of his flat-out speed,” UF coach Jim McElwain said. “He’s fun to watch. They play him in multiple positions and he has an opportunity to be a return guy.
“I see him kind of in a receiver-back slash sweep — a lot of different ways to get him the football because obviously he’s got some juice.”
In 2015, Massey accounted for 1,000 total yards (548 receiving, 452 rushing) as a sophomore at Holmes junior college in Goodman, Miss. He was also a high school quarterback and finished his senior year with 4,848 total yards (2,798 passing, 2050 rushing) and 62 combined touchdowns at Greenville (S.C.) Mauldin.
Massey will continue to showcase that versatility with the Gators.
“Florida was the perfect fit for me,” Massey said. “What really set them apart from the others was the way they wanted to use me. Not just as a receiver, but as a running back and kick returner. They’re letting me show my talent and what I can do at multiple positions.”
Rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals, Massey is ranked the No. 5 junior college receiver in the 247Sports Composite. He chose UF over Oklahoma, South Carolina and offers from 15 other schools, including Auburn.
“What played a big part in my commitment is the huge opportunity I have to step right in and be one of the go-to guys,” Massey said. “I’m excited for spring and ready to get going. I’m bringing a lot of playmaking ability and explosiveness to the table.”