Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s daily Florida podcast with reporter Zach Abolverdi and Gators broadcaster Jeff Cardozo.
By all accounts, Florida’s inaugural Great Gator Grill-Out was a big hit with recruits and established a new recruiting tradition under first-year coach Dan Mullen and his staff.
But there’s always something.
A few players from South Florida caused a stir Saturday after a photo of them throwing up “The U” while visiting the Gators made the rounds on social media. They were trying on Florida uniforms at the time and their former teammate — Miami wide receiver Mike Harley — dared them flash the sign during their Instagram Live video.
When they did, Harley took a screenshot and shared it on social media. The photo quickly was taken down and the group apologized to Mullen that day. Some even issued a public apology on Twitter.
However, several fans have asked whether the staff will pull scholarship offers and/or stop recruiting the four players from Fort Lauderdale: 4-star running back Kenny McIntosh (University School), 4-star cornerback Jaden Davis (St. Thomas Aquinas), 4-star safety Jordan Battle (St. Thomas Aquinas) and 2020 athlete Derek Wingo (St. Thomas Aquinas).
In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, we provide some context on the incident and why it wasn’t a big deal to Mullen. You also can hear interviews with Davis and Battle, who discuss what happened and give the latest on their recruitments.
“The little thing on Twitter that blew up, that was a dare from Mike [Harley],” Davis told SEC Country. “I didn’t mean no disrespect by it. Coach Mullen told me, ‘You guys are kids. You’re playing around. We know it.’ I wouldn’t be up here if I wasn’t interested in the school.”
Said Wingo: “It was taken the wrong way. Everybody started blowing it up. We didn’t do it to be disrespectful. We love the University of Florida. We wouldn’t want to do that to any school and show bad character. We apologized for that.”
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