As of Monday the NCAA’s new mandated summer dead period begins and won’t end until July 13th. So Gator Country decided it would be a good time to get everyone caught up on where Florida stands at each position.
Over the next week we will take a look at each position and get everyone caught up on who’s in the class and whom may end up in the Class of 2015.
One thing we are also going to add to each position is a quick look at who to keep an eye on for the upcoming Class of 2016.
First up in our week-long series is the quarterback position that is coached by new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper.
The Gators landed quarterback Sheriron Jones (6-2, 189, Moreno Valley, CA. Rancho Verde) on June 8th after he took an unofficial visit to Florida.
Going into the Class of 2015 Florida wanted only one quarterback and that is guy is Jones barring something strange or a lot of transfers at the position which we don’t expect.
Jones hails from the same high school as former Gators linebacker Ronald Powell and that was one of the reasons he decided to end his recruitment so early.
While Jones may not be a five-star he certainly has the make up to be a good quarterback for Florida and he was recently invited to the Elite 11 event in Beaverton, Oregon that begins on July 5th.
As a junior, Jones was an All-State member in California and All-CIF for his performance at Rancho Verde High School where he also played basketball.
Now that Jones recruitment is over he plans to return to Gainesville on July 25th for Friday Night Lights so he can continue to recruit other players to join him.
So far Jones has said he has reached out to CeCe Jefferson, Ray-Ray McCloud, George Campbell and Byron Cowart.
Look ahead to 2016
The 2016 class is a loaded class and the Gators will once again be looking to add just one quarterback in the class.
Roper and company have already offered six quarterbacks for 2016 and the two names to remember are:
K.J. Costello (6-4, 218, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA High) has already visited Florida and he really likes Kurt Roper and his résumé. Costello isn’t looking to make a decision until after his junior season so he will be someone to keep an eye on as he takes visits.
Brandon McIlwain (6-0, 205, Newtown, PA. Council Rock North) visited Florida in June during a summer tour. Florida and South Carolina are two schools to watch closely for McIlwain as he has connections to South Carolina but also has a connection to Kurt Roper.
INSIDER TAKE: Having Jones in the class is big because he’s an athletic guy that can play quarterback in the spread offense and he’s also a good leader on and off the field. Jones is going to be a valuable recruiter for the Gators in this class and he should start that momentum at the Opening in Oregon next month.