The most important position on the football field is the quarterback and the Florida Gators are hunting for one in the class of 2016.
One of the Gators top targets is quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole (6-2, 185, Houston, TX Westfield) and last week he had offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier watching him in person in Texas.
“Coach Nussmeier and coach [Kerry] Dixon both came to my spring game last Wednesday,” Sterling-Cole said. “It went good but he wasn’t able to talk to me during the game. I called him the following day and we just talked about how I did in the spring game. Coach Nussmeier was giving me good feedback and he was telling me some things that I could work on.”
Last week the Florida Gators saw another one of their top targets in Dwayne Haskins commit elsewhere and now the Gators are turning up the heat on Sterling-Cole and he has noticed.
“Coach Nussmeier has been recruiting me hard since they offered me,” Sterling-Cole said. “He just tells me that he needs me and wants me there. He said that they want to build a team around me and that he loves my game. He said that I really fit what they’re doing there in Gainesville.”
Head coach Jim McElwain is starting to get involved in Sterling-Cole’s recruitment and he’s delivering a strong message to the quarterback recruit.
“Coach McElwain has spoken with me a few times,” Sterling-Cole said. “He says that he loves my film and that he would for me to visit them when I get a chance. He says that he really loves my play and what I can do with the ball.”
McElwain and Nussmeier didn’t get a quarterback commit in 2015 and they are telling Sterling-Cole how important he is to Florida’s recruiting efforts.
“Florida tells me that I’m a big priority to them,” he said. “Coach Nussmeier said that he wants me to be the first quarterback to commit to them and that it would be really big for them.”
The first step for Florida to being a serious contender in Sterling-Cole’s recruitment is to get a visit from him and that could happen soon.
“I haven’t set anything exactly but I do plan to come out to Florida this summer either in June or July but most likely June,” Sterling-Cole said. “I’m just trying to look at some schools and I’m trying to wait and see what happens with a couple of guys. I would say that Florida is really recruiting me the hardest right now.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Sterling-Cole says that Florida is recruiting him the hardest but I got the feeling that Houston is on his mind as well since one of his teammates just committed to them plus his former high school coach is a coach there now. Florida needs a visit soon in order to get squarely in the mix.