After burning No. 153 in one-on-one drills, Stefon Diggs offered to autograph the football for the defensive back.
Instead of accepting the offer, 2012 safety Sedric Waldon returned the favor. Waldon battled Diggs all night, holding his own against the top receiver prospect at Friday Night Lights.
“It was pretty fun, because I heard he was a really good receiver,” Waldon said. “So I was like, if I think I am the best, I got to go against the best.”
Waldon certainly left an impression on the Gators coaching staff. He displayed the speed and physicality that was matched only by 2013 defensive back twins Damonte Jones and Jamonte Jones.
“They were telling me that I was doing pretty good and to just stay strong and stay focused and get everything right for my senior year,” Waldon said.
Following Diggs’s playful offer, Waldon decided to switch roles with the flashy wideout, who was wearing yellow compression shorts with purple and pink cleats. The Eastside defensive back showed off his wide receiver skills.
“It was just fun competition,” he said. “I was guarding him at first, and he thought he got the best of me, so I told him if you think you are the best, then you guard me and I gave him the business.”
After beating Diggs for a touchdown, the Gainesville native tossed the football in the direction of Diggs, which got a big rise out of the spectators at the event.
At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Waldon has room to build upon his lanky frame. While he has no offers yet, Waldon mentioned Florida A&M, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee and Syracuse as schools that have shown interest.
In his junior season, Waldon racked up six interceptions.
Friday night, though, was his coming out party. There was no denying who the two entertainers on the field were. Waldon makes a point to put on a show on the football field.
“That is my job,” Waldon said. “I am that electric man.”
Reggie Wilkerson makes name under the lights
Watch out for cornerback Reggie Wilkerson. The 2013 cornerback caught the attention of the Gators coaches, especially head coach Will Muschamp and running backs coach Brian White.
“It was really nice,” Wilkerson said. “I got a chance to meet with all of the coaches and do my thing in front of them, and hopefully I get an offer. I talked to coach White and coach Muschamp. They said that they liked me.”
The North Marion defensive back enjoyed the showcase. Wilkerson left Friday Night Lights with nothing but positive thoughts about the family environment that surrounds the Florida football program.
“I just love the atmosphere,” he said. “It is like a family, that is the kind of team I want to play for. I am the type of person that likes a team effort.”
Wilkerson camped at Florida State on July 21 and at Miami last month. While his only offer comes from Virginia Tech, the Gators, Hurricanes and Seminoles have expressed interest.
Although Wilkerson impressed, he feels he did not perform his best off the line.
“I give myself a B plus,” he said. “There are certain things I could have done better. When I come up and jam, I got to use a little more force.”
As for the players who impressed him, Wilkerson pointed out none other than wide Diggs and the Jones twins.