The Florida Gators first commitment of the 2016 class was receiver Rick Wells (6-0, 187, Jacksonville, FL Raines) and this weekend he got the chance to take his official visit to Gainesville.
“It was overall great, it was a good time,” Wells said. “We did a little bit of everything, we looked at the facilities, went to the basketball game and tried on jerseys. We go to take pictures and everything. The basketball game was good; they beat West Virginia by like 28. It was a real good atmosphere, the student section was rocking.”
This weekend signaled the end of the recruiting process for Wells, and he says it was way to end it by being in Gainesville.
“The official was a good ending. I’ve been loyal to Florida this whole time,” he said. “It was just good to get back on campus and talk with the coaches and chill with the players. It was just a nice time and I’m excited to get to Florida.”
Receivers coach Kerry Dixon was a big part of Wells’ recruitment and the receiver coach just had a simple message for him this weekend.
“Coach Dixon said he was just ready to coach me,” Wells said of Dixon’s message. “He was telling me how I would fit in the offense and what all I would be doing. Just those kind of things.”
Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain didn’t have to recruit Wells this weekend, so the two just had a nice relaxed conversation on Sunday.
“Coach McElwain told me thank you for being loyal through the whole process,” he said. “I told him that even though I took those other visits, nothing compares to Florida.”
One of the biggest things Wells did this weakened was aid in the recruitment of Houston commit Tyrie Cleveland. The two receivers have become friends during the recruiting process and Wells put on the full court press for Florida.
“It was good to see him, I’ve been knowing Tyrie for a long time,” Wells said. “It’s his decision but I put in that word to him for Florida. I told him that there is an opportunity, and outside of football they have a good degree. Plus they need big receivers. He was listening to me, but I really don’t want to say anything else. I’ll leave that to signing day.”
Before Wells took his official visit to Florida he celebrated his one-year anniversary of his commitment to the Gators by celebrating with Florida on Tuesday.
“It was good that they came to house on that day,” he said of McElwain visiting him on his one-year anniversary of committing to Florida. “Coach Mac said that I had a special place in his heart since I was the first Gators commit of the 2016 class and it was good day.”