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Jake Allen is trying to do all he can to get ready for his enrollment at Florida in less than three months.
The UF quarterback signee is training weekly with former Gator Eric Kresser and working on some directives from offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
But last week, Allen took it a step further. He linked up with Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway, who was back home in Miami for spring break, and had a throwing session at Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex.
“We were probably out there for an about hour and a half,” Allen told SEC Country. “We ran some routes on air and 1-on-1 stuff, nothing crazy. It was just fun getting out there and building some chemistry with him.”
Gators linebacker Vosean Joseph, also a Miami native, was on hand well. Here’s video of the action below.
SEC Country profiled Allen on Monday in our latest installment of the Next Generation series. Read the story here.
Allen said he and Callaway had met before, but never worked out together. They quickly hit it off in Miami.
“Callaway is a special, special, special athlete,” Allen said. “The way he gets in and out of his routes is the fastest I’ve ever seen. I talked to Coach Nuss about how well it went.
“I can’t wait to get to UF and starting throwing to him. We both have the same goal in mind, and that’s to have a championship team.”
As for what Callaway thought of Allen, well, he kept it short and to the point.
“Be ready,” Allen said. “That’s all he told me.”
UF makes cut for pair of prospects
As expected, UF is a finalist for 4-star offensive tackle John Campbell (Orlando, Fla.) and 4-star athlete Jaquayln Crawford (Rockdale, Texas).
Campbell named his top 12 on Monday. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect visited the Gators last month and likes Florida’s proximity to home.
“It’s just great to be a Gator and stay in the state of Florida,” Campbell told SEC Country. “My family can come see me at UF for every home game. They also have a great coaching staff.”
Crawford listed his top 10 schools Sunday. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound prospect wants to play receiver at UF and actually grew up a Gators fan.
“Florida was my favorite school growing up,” Crawford told SEC Country. “Every Saturday I was watching Florida play. So that (offer) was pretty big for me considering that’s the school I’ve always wanted to go to.”
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