A closer look at next steps of Antonio Callaway’s football career
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Where Antonio Callaway goes from here
The news came out Thursday that wide receiver Antonio Callaway ended his Florida football career by signing with an agent and will now prepare for the NFL draft. On Sunday, his agent, Mel Bratton, talked with SEC Country about the immediate next steps of Callaway’s future and said he is optimistic about Callaway’s pro potential. In summary:
“This is no BS. I’m very close with a lot of my guys in the league and I called them before I took the kid and said, ‘Listen, where do you have this kid?’” Bratton said. “One particular scout, he’s hard, he’s a tough [evaluator]. He basically said, ‘This kid is a top 15 pick. We’ve got a top 15 grade on him.’ And the other two teams, nobody said less than [Round] 1. Nobody. So, where all these articles are coming out [that] he’s a late-round, free agent, fifth-round, whatever like that, they’re doing it on the character deal. He’s a real reserved kid. He’s very quiet and that’s the thing I have to work on because he has to speak up.”
A lot of Florida recruiting news came out over the weekend. The highlights:
- Quarterback commit Matt Corral will be hosting coach Dan Mullen on Monday before visiting Florida once again.
- Defensive back commit Randy Russell said he and his mother received “royal treatment” during his visit this past weekend.
- Evan McPherson, the No. 2-ranked kicker in the 2018 class, flipped his commitment from Mississippi State to Florida on Sunday.
- Top 100 recruit Richard Gouraige wore Mullen’s national championship rings during his visit.
- Five-star offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer took an official visit to Florida.
In other Florida football news
- Mullen continued to add to his coaching staff with the hiring of quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson.
- Wide receiver James Robinson’s football career is over due to a heart condition.
- A comparison of new Florida coach Mullen and new Florida State coach Willie Taggart.
Basketball ends losing streak
The fifth-ranked Gators men’s basketball team ended its three-game losing streak with a 66-60 win against Cincinnati on Saturday as part of the Never Forget Tribute Classic. Egor Koulechov led Florida with 21 points, while Jalen Hudson added 17 points and Chris Chiozza chipped in 15. The Gators next play against Clemson on Saturday in Sunrise, Fla., as part of the Orange Bowl Classic.
Volleyball heading to Final Four
For the first time since 2003, the Gators volleyball team is back in the Final Four. No. 2 seed Florida advanced after defeating No. 15 seed UCLA 3-1 in the regional semifinals on Friday and then taking a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over No. 10 seed USC in the regional finals on Saturday. The Gators will face No. 3 Stanford in the national semifinals on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. First serve is set for 9 p.m. ET.
Women’s basketball rebounds with win
Senior Dyandria Anderson scored a team-high 18 points and led a group of four Gators players scoring in double figures as the Florida women’s basketball team defeated Marshall 74-69 on Sunday. Florida is now 6-4 on the season heading into an 11-day break from competition.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Wide receiver Kadarius Toney:
— C2N® (@0fficialC2N) December 11, 2017
Defensive back Chauncey Gardner:
All these coaches where ours 🤔👀
— Chauncey Gardner Jr (@CGJXXIII) December 11, 2017
An up-close look at Florida volleyball’s celebration after clinching its spot in the Final Four:
The moment we blew the roof off the O'Dome… 🙌🙌🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/NKcHJhY58Q
— Gators Volleyball (@GatorsVB) December 10, 2017
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