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Written by Andrew Spivey, February 1, 2016, 1 Comment,
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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.”

Andrew Spivey

About 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 Rivals.com, 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.

  1. gr8_2bFebruary 1, 2016, 8:11 am

    Woot woot!!! Was worried about Wells sticking with us for a bit there… Great news, lets go Gators

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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.”

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