As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest UF recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.
Crossing paths again
If you’re a college running backs coach assigned with recruiting the state of Florida, chances are you came across Malik Davis and Adarius Lemons during the 2017 cycle.
New UF running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider, who spent last season at West Virginia, fell into that category. He recruited both Davis and and Lemons to the Mountaineers.
“Those are two kids who I had interactions with on the recruiting trail, I kind of got a good idea about them,” Seider said in his introductory press conference. “I thought Adarius early in the process, he showed a little affection. I didn’t think I had a chance. He committed early in the flirtation period, so he started to pull the trigger. Malik was a kid that I recruited. I had a lot of interaction with him.”
Davis and Lemons were disappointed when Tim Skipper, their primary recruiter at UF, moved from coaching running backs to linebackers after the 2016 season. However, the hire of Seider lessened the blow.
“It’s so crazy because Coach Seider recruited me really hard at West Virginia,” Davis said. “Me and him used to talk like every day and now he’s at Florida. I know him so well there’s not even a difference. He recruited me so hard that I just feel comfortable with him.”
“We had a pretty good relationship, but he kind of knew I didn’t want to go to West Virginia. So once he came to Florida he was like, ‘I got you now.’ He’s one of the coolest coaches you will ever meet in the recruiting process. That’s a big thing.”
Davis said he recently added Seider on Snapchat and they stay in contact regularly. Lemons didn’t communicate with Seider as long as Davis did during the recruiting process, but he still hit it off with him.
“He was a nice guy,” Lemons said. “He was chill and he let me know what he liked about my game and things he could work with me on. He was just being honest with me, but he told me I am his guy. I’m ready to go in there and show him why I’m the guy.
“He was recruiting me and he was trying to get me to go way out to West Virginia, but that wasn’t happening. I wasn’t leaving Florida, but it was a great experience. Now he’s at Florida and we can talk more, create a bond. I’m looking forward to it.”
Seider thinks highly of Davis and Lemons, who both have different skill sets than the current players at the position. That could lead to early playing time in 2017.
“I think they’re both tremendous football players,” Seider said. “I think they’re going to be ready to help us. They bring an element to this team that I think they can hit the home run.
“They’re probably different structure-wise than some of the guys we’ve got right now, which ain’t all bad. … I want that guy who can get the ball and go 80 and make me look like a good coach.”
UF commit appears in Adidas ad
John Dunmore is only a sophomore in high school, but he’s already worthy of an Adidas advertisement.
The 2019 wide receiver and Florida pledge appeared in a video for the three-stripe brand, which now sponsors 7-on-7 teams.
— adidas Football US (@adidasFballUS) March 31, 2017
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