Publisher Profile

THE INSIDER AUTHORITY ON GATOR SPORTS

  • Sep 6, 2014; Starkville, MS, USA; UAB Blazers wide receiver Jamari Staples (2) reaches up and grabs the ball while guarded by Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Will Redmond (2) during the game at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators after
UAB WR transfer

Written by Andrew Spivey, December 19, 2014, 5 Comments,
Print Friendly

UAB cancelled its football program earlier this month and the Florida Gators are hoping to land one of their former players.

Sophomore receiver Jamari Staples (6-4, 190) is planning to visit Florida soon as two of the Gators football coaches have reached out to the receiver.

“I’m planning on visiting Florida for an official visit one day next week,” Staples said. “I’ve talked to Coach [Mike] Summers and to Coach [Jim] McElwain about Florida and about them wanting me to visit.”

Staples, who is from the state of Alabama, had the chance to watch McElwain at Alabama and he’s eager to learn more about the Gators new offense.

“Coach McElwain was telling me that he was interested in me and that he wanted me to come down for a visit,” Staples said. “He said that he wanted me to come down and see what Florida has to offer and to sit down with him to talk about his offense. I’ve heard some good things about his offense so I’m looking forward to talking to him.”

Offensive line coach Mike Summers was the first to reach out to Staples last week and the two parties had a good conversation as Staples learned how much he was needed at Florida.

“Coach Summers said that they were lacking at the receiver position and that Florida was looking to get some more players in at the position,” Staples said. “He said that they need a big receiver like me that can come in and play from day one. Coach Summers said that I fit that mold perfectly.”

One thing that is good for Staples is that he can play from day one and he will be in school in the coming weeks.

“I have three years to play two seasons,” Staples said. “I’m going to start school in January so that I can go through spring practice and everything with my new team.”

Florida will get its chance to persuade Staples to join the Gators football team but right now another SEC school is the favorite.

“Auburn is kind of the favorite but they haven’t offered yet,” Staples said. “I’m just looking at Florida, Auburn and Louisville right now so those are my top 3.”

 

INSIDERS TAKE: Landing Staples would be huge for Florida because he has experience at the Division I level and he can play next season. Staples would be the perfect combination with Robinson as both are big play receivers.

Andrew Spivey

About Andrew Spivey

Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

  1. madgator84December 19, 2014, 11:47 am

    I assume he has develpoed into a pretty good player by now since were targeting him. Seeing how he was a 2 star recruit (rivals) coming out of high school…… Just curious if thats the case or if Florida is that desperate

    • Andrew Spivey
      Andrew SpiveyDecember 20, 2014, 4:57 pm

      He has turned into a pretty good player and can contribute at Florida.

  2. snowprintDecember 19, 2014, 10:25 pm

    Who cars how many ‘stars’ he had? It’s not like UF is loaded with great receivers. Great recruits are not exactly breaking down Florida’s door to come this year, so anyone that might help out should be welcomed with open arms. He’ probably better than any true freshman that Florida could garner right now. Who knows, he might be a great player, you know they do have good football players at schools that don’t have big names.

  3. madgator84December 20, 2014, 2:02 am

    First off, I’m not knocking the guy. Second, I agree that Florida could definitely use the depth . If he can contribute I don’t really care what his rank is. The question in general was aimed at Andrew since he wrote the article and all. Not you. Thanks for your opinion though.

  4. AlfaGatorDecember 20, 2014, 9:25 am

    Roddy White turned out to just “OK”.

http://www.gatorcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/USATSI_8068959-150x150.jpg Andrew Spivey FeatureRecruiting ,,,,,
Print Friendly

UAB cancelled its football program earlier this month and the Florida Gators are hoping to land one of their former players.

Sophomore receiver Jamari Staples (6-4, 190) is planning to visit Florida soon as two of the Gators football coaches have reached out to the receiver.

“I’m planning on visiting Florida for an official visit one day next week,” Staples said. “I’ve talked to Coach [Mike] Summers and to Coach [Jim] McElwain about Florida and about them wanting me to visit.”

Staples, who is from the state of Alabama, had the chance to watch McElwain at Alabama and he’s eager to learn more about the Gators new offense.

“Coach McElwain was telling me that he was interested in me and that he wanted me to come down for a visit,” Staples said. “He said that he wanted me to come down and see what Florida has to offer and to sit down with him to talk about his offense. I’ve heard some good things about his offense so I’m looking forward to talking to him.”

Offensive line coach Mike Summers was the first to reach out to Staples last week and the two parties had a good conversation as Staples learned how much he was needed at Florida.

“Coach Summers said that they were lacking at the receiver position and that Florida was looking to get some more players in at the position,” Staples said. “He said that they need a big receiver like me that can come in and play from day one. Coach Summers said that I fit that mold perfectly.”

One thing that is good for Staples is that he can play from day one and he will be in school in the coming weeks.

“I have three years to play two seasons,” Staples said. “I’m going to start school in January so that I can go through spring practice and everything with my new team.”

Florida will get its chance to persuade Staples to join the Gators football team but right now another SEC school is the favorite.

“Auburn is kind of the favorite but they haven’t offered yet,” Staples said. “I’m just looking at Florida, Auburn and Louisville right now so those are my top 3.”

 

INSIDERS TAKE: Landing Staples would be huge for Florida because he has experience at the Division I level and he can play next season. Staples would be the perfect combination with Robinson as both are big play receivers.

Read previous post:
The Gators take on Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl Classic Saturday.  Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, FL. November 8, 2013.
Know Your Opponent: Wake Forest

Get to know the Gators' Orange Bowl Classic opponent, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Close