Maryland QB commit says Florida recruits “want me to be the leader”
Florida now has a giant hole at the quarterback position after news broke Saturday afternoon that Will Grier was transferring from the program.
Currently, the Gators have two quarterbacks returning next season. Sophomore Treon Harris, who took over for Grier after he was suspended for a calendar year for taking performance-enhancing drugs, and Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio, who had to sit out the 2015 season because of NCAA transfer rules.
The Gators will also have 4-star quarterback Feleipe Franks and 2-star quarterback Kyle Trask on campus in January, as both prospects are early enrollees.
Now the question becomes: Will Florida go after any other quarterbacks in this year’s recruiting class? We already know that the Gators made a late, strong push to flip UGA quarterback commit Jacob Eason, but he ultimately decided to stick with the Bulldogs.
What about Maryland quarterback commit Dwayne Haskins? The 4-star quarterback took an official visit to Florida in November and is very popular with current Gators commits.
Shortly after it was known that Grier would not be returning to Florida, current Gators commits tweeted at Haskins.
Florida WR signee Dre Massey:
— Drè Massey1⃣ (@D1Masseyy) December 19, 2015
Florida RB signee Mark Thompson:
— $⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ (@MarkT_RB5) December 19, 2015
Florida safety signee Chauncey Gardner:
@dh_simba7 Talk To Me ?
— Chauncey Gardner II. (@StillDat_) December 19, 2015
Florida OL Brandon Sandifer
@dh_simba7 you know what's good my boy
— Heavy Chocolate (@_bsandifer) December 19, 2015
SEC Country reached out to Haskins to get his thoughts on the tweets he received.
“It shows they want me to be the leader,” Haskins said. “I can tell those guys really like me.”
Haskins did not answer whether or not Grier’s departure helps Florida’s case on flipping him.
Haskins is rated as the nation’s No. 7 pro-style quarterback.