Florida is the SEC’s biggest surprise so far this season after pulling off a 38-10 upset over No. 3 Ole Miss to remain undefeated under first-year coach Jim McElwain.
Many of the Southeast’s top prospects are being recruited by both SEC schools, and here were some of their reactions to the surprising outcome:
Shavar Manuel, DT, IMG Academy, Fla. (Undecided): “It was a great win, man. It’s safe to say the real Florida Gators are back.”
Jake Fromm, QB, Houston County High School, Ga. (Undecided): “I thought Florida came out and played a great game and executed perfectly. They stopped Ole Miss’ offense and that was most surprising.”
Malik Herring, DE, Mary Persons High School, Ga. (Undecided): “I was very shocked. I loved what I saw from the defense. They held Ole Miss to 10 points and the Rebels are known for running up the scoreboard.”
Chandler Tuitt, OL, Sandy Creek High School, Ga. (committed to Ole Miss): “I’m mad. Really mad. But good win for Florida. They came out and played.
William Poole, CB, Hapeville Charter, Ga. (Undecided): “A lot of people were sleeping on Florida, but it was exactly what I expected. I knew Ole Miss wouldn’t come out on top. Florida is getting back to its old ways [of] a few years ago — being a contender. The future is very bright for them. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season goes.”
Blake Vinson, OL, North Marion High School, Fla. (Undecided): “The Gators offensive line was very efficient up front. I thought (Florida quarterback) Will Grier played really well and made plays.”
Jack DeFoor, OL, Calhoun High School, Ga. (committed to Ole Miss): “Florida played its best and Ole Miss didn’t. Maybe it’s a wake-up call and hopefully we will bounce back and get better from it.”
*Lawrenceville, Ga., 4-star offensive lineman E.J. Price
Wow Gators ?????
— Ej Price (@Ej_Price77) October 4, 2015
*Florida running back commit Mark Thompson
The way I see it if they keep ballin in GainesVegas we'll really be competing for a national title next year.. ??
— Hu〽️ble Beast (@MarkT_RB5) October 4, 2015
*Yulee, Fla., running back Jamari Peacock
It's great to be a Florida Gator ???
— Jamari Peacock (@Kingpeacock_3) October 4, 2015