Not only were the Florida Gators hosting several 2016 prospects but the Gators were also hosting a few key 2017 prospects on Saturday for the spring game.
2017 Ohio State athlete commit Bruce Judson (5-9, 184, Cocoa, FL High) was one of the top guys in the Swamp on Saturday and he liked what he saw at the Orange and Blue game.
“I liked the visit,” Judson said. “I was really surprised that they had that many fans out there for the spring game. I really like how they looked out there even though they ran the basic stuff. The atmosphere was nice too.”
The offense is something that Judson was playing close attention to and he liked how much Florida used their playmakers.
“I really liked how they rotated both quarterbacks in there,” Judson said. “They are up and coming so you really can’t say nothing bad because they’re going to be good. I really liked how they put the ball in their playmakers hands like [Demarcus] Robinson.”
Head coach Jim McElwain has been recruiting Judson hard and on Saturday he gave the Ohio State commit “the look” according to the Judson.
“Coach McElwain just gave me that look and said he wanted me to be a Gator,” Judson said. “He said that he was excited that I was able to attend the game. He’s staying on me pretty hard. You can tell that he wants me really bad because he just isn’t just telling me what I want to hear. He tells me that I can make an impact there early on.”
This was Judson’s second visit to Florida this spring and he admits that he’s building a solid relationship with a lot of the coaches.
“I talked to a lot of the offensive coaches during the visit,” Judson said. “I talked to the receiver coach [Kerry Dixon] and the running backs coach [Tim Skipper] and I got to talk to coach J Rowe [James Rowe] too. They know me very well so we talked for a bit.”
Receiver coach Kerry Dixon is the area recruiter for Judson and he made sure to tell Judson his plan for recruiting him hard.
“Coach Dixon asked me if I wanted to come to Florida and ball with people,” Judson said. “He told me that he wants me to be a Gator and that he doesn’t care if it’s right now or not but he wants me in the long road when it counts.”
Judson says that while he’s still committed to Ohio State, this visit to Gainesville improved Florida’s chances.
“Yeah it helps them out,” Judson said if the visit helped Florida out. “I’m going to Ohio State on Friday but Florida is the number two school on my list. Florida has about a 30 or 40 percent chance right now but I can tell that they’re going to be gaining.”
INSIDERS TAKE: The more visits Judson takes to Florida the better the Gators chances are and Judson and his teammate Chauncey Gardner are planning on visiting Florida several times this summer.