Running backs coach Tim Skipper has been dominating the Jacksonville area this spring and on Tuesday he and receiver coach Kerry Dixon were in the area together.
Both Florida Gators coaches visited receiver Kevin Stepherson (6-1, 180, Jacksonville, FL First Coast) to see the prospect in spring practice at his high school
“Coach Skipper and coach Dixon both came by to see me this week,” Stepherson said. “Everything went great. I didn’t get to talk to them because I was practicing but I called them that night to talk to them. Coach Dixon told me that I looked real good in practice.”
Florida offered Stepherson about a month ago and since then the Gators coaching staff has been in contact with the big play receiver.
“I have constant contact with Florida,” Stepherson said. “Coach Dixon has been telling me to keep working hard and to stay humble. He says that he likes my game a lot and he wants to see me visit them.”
Dixon has taken a big part in Stepherson’s recruitment but Skipper has been the one talking to him the most about Florida.
“Coach Skipper has just been telling me about Florida and the things that I should know about them,” Stepherson said. “He says that Florida is a good fit for me on and off the field because of the academics there.”
Despite Florida offering the Jacksonville receiver last month other schools are also recruiting Stepherson hard as he plans summers visits.
“Notre Dame, Florida, North Carolina, USF, LSU and Miami are all recruiting me pretty hard this spring,” Stepherson said. “I was trying to visit Florida next weekend but because it’s Memorial Day weekend they said to wait. I’m going to get down there soon and I’m going to visit Notre Dame this summer.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Right now I would say Notre Dame has the edge for Stepherson but I think a visit to Florida could change that. The Gators haven’t been recruiting Stepherson as long as Notre Dame but that is changing this spring.