The Florida Gators missed out on tight ends last recruiting cycle, so they need to fill some depth at the position this time around.
Kemore Gamble (6-4, 216, Miami Southridge) is the commit they are hoping to fill that hole with. Gamble competed at Friday Night Lights and the 7-on-7 camp held by Florida this weekend.
Gamble performed well in the 7-on-7 tournament. he ran great routes and was very physical off the line. He showed the ability to catch passes in heavy traffic as well.
“I’ve been hanging out with coaches all day, talking about family stuff, goofing around, a lot of stuff like that,” Gamble said of his visit to Gainesville. “It was a great experience, very glad to get back up to my family. Ready to get up here.”
Gamble recently picked up and offer from Alabama after camping with them. Even with Gamble’s firm commitment to the Gators, Alabama is staying on top of him. “They’re pushing hard on me, talking about de-committing,” Gamble said.
At this point, Gamble is still keeping an open mind with a couple of other SEC schools. “Right now it’s Bama and Tennessee,” he said.
With other top programs still coming after him hard, Gamble says he is still a Gator all the way. “It’d be a lot,” Gamble said of what the Vols or Tide would have to do to sway his commitment. His mom wants him at Florida, and those schools would have to win her over before they have a chance to win him over, according to Gamble.
Gamble still plans to take all five of his official visits. He said he will visit Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee for sure and is still deciding on the other two visits.
Gamble was not the only Florida recruit who showed out this weekend, his teammate Shawn Davis impressed at camp as well. The three-star cornerback showed a lot of versatility, playing both defense and offense. He had a couple picks and broke up a few passes at his usual cornerback position, but where he really shined was at wide receiver. Davis scored most of the points for Miami Southridge in the tournament, and even made a spectacular one-handed grab over a defender.
Davis has chosen to push his commitment date back to August to evaluate his options closer before making a final decision, but Gamble is pushing his teammate to join him in Gainesville. “I’ve been telling him to push his head up, you know, telling him to be a Gator,” said Gamble. “This is the place to be.”
With so many distractions and new opportunities arising for Gamble, the Gators’ coaches just want him to stay focused. “Stay focused, stay on my school work, and keep grinding,” Davis said of their message to him.
If Florida can find a way to land both Miami Southridge recruits, they will have two future stars in the making.
INSIDERS TAKE: Gamble seems pretty locked in with the Gators and would be a huge surprise if he goes anywhere but Florida.