GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s final recruiting weekend erased any doubt two recruits may have had about their UF commitments.
Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines wide receiver Rick Wells and linebacker Jeremiah Moon of Hoover (Ala.) were two of six future Gators who visited Gainesville over the weekend.
Wells checked out South Florida and Virginia Tech this month, while Moon went to Mississippi State on Jan. 15. But following their trips to Florida, both prospects reaffirmed their pledges.
Moon: “I really enjoyed just spending time with the players, coaches and people I’ll be around for the next four years. After this visit, I think I made the right decision. I just know in my heart I did.”
Wells: “I’m solid to Florida. It’s a great opportunity.”
Wells’ father, Rick Wells Sr., said his son has settled on UF after exploring his options.
“He went and visited other schools to give them an opportunity to present their case, but he’s wanted to be a Gator since he was a kid,” Wells Sr. said. “We’ll sit down as a family and go over everything, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s Florida. I prefer for him to get a quality education and do the best he can on the field, and Florida is a great program for that.
“I was impressed with the whole visit. Everything about it stood out. The attention to detail that they paid to each individual athlete and the steady support that we had was electrifying. He’s got a chance to play early, but he’ll get prepared to be a man in life outside of football. And it’s the University of Florida, so you know he’s going to be in a great situation academically.”
Moon’s father, Greg Moon, said the academics impressed him the most during the trip to UF.
“It was a great visit, very informative,” Moon said. “Coach (Jim) McElwain and his entire staff just did a good job of informing the parents. The layout of the campus is pretty nice for the athletes. Everything is within 500 yards of each other. That was good. I was just really impressed with how they’ve got everything lined up for the young men as far as tutoring and using their time wisely. It’s very well thought out.
“So we’re very satisfied with what we saw academically. Looking at the plan of the advisers, professors, coaches and everyone involved, they want them to obtain their degree. That’s what really got me. They’re going to get him ready for football. I’m not worried about that. My concern is him keeping his grades up and knowing what he wants to do in life after football, because it doesn’t last forever. That’s why he stuck with Florida until the end.”