The receiver class is absolutely stacked in the state of Florida for 2016 and it’s starting to look pretty good for 2017, which is good news for the University of Florida Gators.
Two weeks ago Florida was able to host one of those big play 2017 receivers in Kevaughn Dingle (6-1, 185, Miami Gardens, FL Carol City) when he was on campus to play in the Gators 7-on-7 tournament.
“Florida is my dream school and it was a great feeling to play on the Florida fields,” Dingle said. “I loved every minute of it because I’ve always dreamed about playing here. It was a good time.”
Florida has yet to offer the big receiver but head coach Jim McElwain was observing Dingle most of the tournament and delivered a message to Dingle after camp was over.
“Coach McElwain told me an offer was coming real soon,” he said. “He has been telling me to be patient and now he’s saying that it’s coming soon. I’m just going to wait on the offer to come in and take my time.”
Dingle has made sure to let everyone know that Florida is his favorite school and he says an offer from the Orange and Blue would mean a lot.
“I would feel very blessed if Florida offered,” Dingle said. “I’m not going to say I would commit because I’m still young, but Florida is my dream school so they would be my top school if they offered.”
Florida has been lacking a big play receiver for the past several years but Dingle believes he can be that guy for Florida in McElwain’s new offense.
“Coach McElwain likes to throw the ball a lot like he did at Alabama,” Dingle said. “I see myself as Amari Cooper at Alabama but in the Florida offense. I like to catch the ball and Coach McElwain likes to toss the ball around so I fit in great.”
Not only does Dingle love Florida but he also plays for former Gators receiver Aubrey Hill and Dingle says that he’s getting a lot of tips from his head coach.
“Coach Hill is one of the best coaches I’ve ever had,” he said. “He’s a receiver himself so he tells me when I’m doing good or when I’m messing up but he always gives it to me straight.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Dingle was a star during the Florida Gators 7-on-7 tournament two weeks ago and the South Florida prospect will be one of the top receivers in the state for 2017. Dingle is a long receiver that gets off the ball well and he uses his height to his advantage.