The Florida Gators are on a mini hot streak in recruiting as they picked up a 2015 commit on Sunday and added a 2016 recruit on Monday night.
The 2016 commit was receiver Rick Wells (6-0, 187, Jacksonville, FL Raines) who committed to Florida after receiving an offer from running backs coach Tim Skipper this morning.
“I just committed to the University of Florida,” Wells said. “I felt like it was just right to do since I got offered this morning and Florida has been my childhood favorite team. This is a dream come true for me.”
Wells called head coach Jim McElwain and Skipper this evening to tell them the news and he says that McElwain was very happy to hear Wells’ decision.
“I called Coach McElwain and Coach T-Skip [Skipper] to tell them that I was committed,” Wells said. “Coach McElwain said he was very excited about me committing. He said Gators take care of Gators and that he’s very excited to have me as a player. He said that I need to get up to campus and get to learning the playbook.”
McElwain told Wells that he’s a playmaker they need at Florida and that he sees him as a big play receiver in his offense.
“He said he sees me as an edge receiver, like the X receiver,” Wells said. “He said he wants me on the edge so that I can stretch the field vertically. He said I can help them out a lot.”
While McElwain was very excited to hear the news from Wells, the receiver says that Skipper was even more excited to hear the news.
“Coach Skipper was very excited to have me apart of the class,” Wells said. “He was in the car when I gave him the news but he was happy and excited. He’s a cool dude.”
The new Florida commit says that while his future school is set, he knows that he has to continue to get better.
“It means I have to work harder as a player so that I can produce up there,” Wells said. “I’m very proud to be a Gator but I have to work hard.”
It’s also good news for Florida as Wells is a top notch character kid and will be someone that will lead the Gators charge in recruiting next year.
“I’m about to start recruiting now,” Wells said. “I talk to Tyler Jordan a lot so I’m going to ask him who I need to recruit.”
Wells is the third member of the class of 2016 as he joins defensive back Tre Jackson and athlete Tyler Byrd in the class.