The Florida Gators welcomed top talent at every position for the annual Friday Night Lights camp this weekend. Among the top performers in the event was 2018 running back and West Virginia commit Leddie Brown (6-0, 210, Smyrna, Del., Smyrna).
Brown is the highest rated player in the state of Delaware and made his first trip to Florida on Friday after receiving an offer back in February.
“I liked the energy of the coaches and the tempo of the camp,” said Brown.
He has been committed to WVU since late April, but he admitted his visit to Florida was a little different, in a good way. Florida has taken great pride in Friday Night Lights, revamping it the last two years, and it is leaving impressions on the players who visit.
“The energy of the coaching staff,” he said on the biggest differences. “The way they run the camp was different from West Virginia’s.”
Brown’s explosiveness and impressive route running stood out at camp, and he believes his versatility will help him at the college level.
“They could move me at any position,” said Brown. “Running back, slot, receiver. I could be a versatile back.”
Running backs coach JuJuan Seider has been a popular guy among recruits since he arrived at Florida, and he and Brown go way back, making his relationship with the Gators stronger than ever.
“It’s always fun seeing Coach Seider,” said Brown. “I’ve been around him since eighth grade. I really like the way Coach Seider coach. When you do something he don’t like he don’t just get on you real quick, he tries to teach you and then is like, ‘try it again.’”
Seider and the rest of the Gators’ coaching staff are continuing to push hard for Brown to make the move to Gainesville. 2018 Florida running back commit Iverson Clement is good friends with Brown, and he is on him to join the class as well. They all share a common message.
“They basically said they really want me and they’re glad that I’m back down here and that I could be a real big part of this offense.”
Brown enjoyed his visit so much that he was willing to list Florida as his No. 2 school, only behind his current commitment to WVU. He plans to finish out his summer visits soon and weigh his options from there.
“North Carolina will be my last visit until I take my officials,” said Brown. “I’ll sit down with my family and talk about what they like.”