After posting an abysmal 4-8 record during the 2013 football season, the Florida football team approached national signing day hoping desperately to fill their glaring needs. Upon review of the 2014 recruiting class, it is clear that head coach Will Muschamp scored many victories and landed multiple recruits who are capable of helping the Gator football program rise from the ashes of the previous season.
Will Grier (Quarterback; Davidson, NC)
Clearly, one of Florida’s main problems last year was their lack of depth. After losing multiple starting athletes to injury, the Gators were unable to win football games. The offense was stagnant and their inability to produce points only worsened after starting quarterback Jeff Driskel went down with an injury.
Although Driskel will be back for the 2014 season and should maintain his starting position, Will Grier will provide essential depth and competition at the quarterback position. His accolades are numerous and the 2014 US Army All-American is expected to post big numbers when he gets his opportunity on the field.
Grier was an early enrollee at the University of Florida and has spent his time practicing and mastering Kurt Roper’s offensive system. Grier’s big arm will be an important asset to the Orange and Blue during his time in Gainesville. All reports out of spring practice indicate that Grier is a gifted athlete who is capable of providing a spark for the previously incompetent Florida offense.
Treon Harris (Quarterback; Miami, FL)
As Florida transitions to more of an up-tempo spread offense, Treon Harris will be given the opportunity to use his athletic ability to contribute early. Harris is a threat both on his feet and through the air. Thus, the talented playmaker can provide the offense with a weapon that will allow the coaches to include some additional plays and wrinkles in their game planning. As a defensive minded coach, Muschamp loves players who defenses have to focus on during their preparation and spend extra time on during film study. Harris definitely fits this mold since he adds multiple elements to Florida’s offensive strategy, which may help to fool the opposing team.
Although he is not an early enrollee, Harris is the son of a coach, which will feasibly give him a leg up on his competition. Given everything that he brings to the table, Harris will have the opportunity to help the Gator offense thrive in 2014.
Jalen Tabor (Cornerback; Washington, DC)
After losing starting corners, Jaylen Watkins, Loucheiz Purifoy, and Marcus Roberson, the Florida Gators will be looking to fill a vast hole in the defensive backfield. Tabor has a great chance to earn playing time during his freshman season and is thought to be the leading candidate for the starting position along side sophomore cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. Tabor’s skills, size, and athleticism set him apart from other freshman corners.
As an early enrollee, he has already had the chance to get himself acclimated with the collegiate environment and the expectations of the Florida coaching staff. So far, Tabor has shined. Tabor is already believed to be one of the best players on the field and is expected to continue Florida’s tradition of prowess in the defensive backfield.