Roper hard after Haskins early

On Monday Florida played host to one of the top 2016 quarterbacks in the country in quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. (6-1, 182, Potomac, MD, Bullis School).

“The visit went great, I had a good time,” Haskins said. “I got the chance to walk around the Swamp, walk around the weight room, talk to the coaches and try on the jerseys.”

Haskins, who is from Maryland, has grown up hearing about Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and on Monday he had the opportunity to witness it for the first time.

“The Swamp was nice, it was raining so I didn’t get to see people out there though,” Haskins said. “From looking at it though I could tell that it would be a great atmosphere when it’s filled with fans.”

After his tour of the Swamp the 2016 quarterback was able to sit down with running backs coach Brian White.

“Coach White is a very sincere guy,” Haskins said. “He doesn’t just tell you what you want to hear but he tells you the truth. That’s what I like about him while he’s been my recruiter.”

Haskins also got the opportunity to also meet the Gators new offensive coordinator and a guy he speaks to regularly.

“I talk to Coach White and Coach [Kurt] Roper every week but this was my first time meeting Coach Roper,” Haskins said. “I would say that I talk to Coach Roper more because he’s the quarterback coach. Coach Roper tells me that I could be a great fit in his offense and that I’m ideally a guy that he recruits hard.”

After meeting everyone Haskins had the chance to head down to the lockeroom where Florida let him feel like a Gator for a moment

“I looked good in the jersey,” Haskins said. “I like the jerseys a lot, I got to try on number 7. The style is very cool.”

Since Haskins was on campus during Will Muschamp’s time at SEC Media Days he plans to return to Gainesville to meet the head coach soon.

“I’m hoping to come back on October 11th for their game,” Haskins said. “I want to come back down so that I can meet Coach Muschamp because he was at SEC Media Days on Monday.”


INSIDER TAKE: Haskins is a top quarterback for next year’s class and Florida has made him a priority early on and getting back on campus again will be key. Notre Dame, Ohio State and Florida State have also had him on campus recently but Haskins doesn’t have a leader yet.

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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, 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.


    • He’s very close to picking up a Florida offer and the Gators are also trying to get him down on a visit soon.