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Josh Sanguinetti hearing from Quincy Wilson
South Florida is loaded with defensive backs in the Class of 2019, including top-100 overall safety Josh Sanguinetti.
The 4-star recruit from University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is ranked the No. 4 athlete and No. 54 nationally in the 247Sports composite. He excels on both offense and defense for the Sharks, but colleges are recruiting him as a safety.
“He’s a tremendous athlete,” University School coach Daniel Luque said of Sanguinetti. “He’s a smart kid in the classroom and I think a lot of things come effortlessly to him, especially his play on the football field. He kind of baits people into making a move and then he gets his arms out to make interceptions and breaks up passes with his 6-foot-8 wingspan.
“He’s probably one of the best cover guys with ball skills that we’ve ever had here at University School. That’s including guys like Quincy Wilson. Josh a real special kid.”
Former Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson won a Class 3A state championship with University School as a junior and played in the Under Armour All-America Game following his senior season. He starred in his three years at Florida (2014-16) with 74 total tackles and 6 career interceptions.
Wilson was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. His high school, collegiate and pro success is a source of motivation for Sanguinetti.
“The players that have been at U-School in the past years have pushed me real hard to be the player I am today,” Sanguinetti said. “I look up to guys like Quincy and we actually text each other. I’ve talked to him about Florida, of course.”
The Gators have yet to host Sanguinetti, but he plans to visit campus soon and has been building a relationship with wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales. Sanguinetti likes Florida’s ‘D.B.U.’ tradition and the proof is in the pudding with Wilson.
“Seeing what he did at Florida lets me know I can go there and make it to the league. That’s my goal,” Sanguinetti said. “Florida really is D.B.U. and their coaches know what they’re talking about. Quincy told me it’s a real good school and that’s where I should go. He doesn’t beat around the bush.”
Wilson’s efforts are all in good fun, and his conversations with Sanguinetti don’t just center around recruiting. The U-School alum has a much deeper influence on players within the high school program.
“Quincy is a mentor to Josh and other guys on our team,” Luque said of Wilson. “People don’t know that he came back to visit us and he still gives back to the school. That’s pretty cool that he reached out to Josh about Florida.
“It’s his decision and he’ll figure it out. He needs to go somewhere he can play, get coached up and get developed. After that, you’re talking about the pros. You’re in a position to feed your family for the rest of your life if you make there.”
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