Saturday was a slow day at the Florida Gators football camp, but athlete Korey Charles (5-10, 170, Tallahassee, FL North Florida Christian) was one of the few big name prospects to work out.
“It went good, it went well,” Charles said. “I went down there for the one day camp and I was able to work out with the coaches. I started with the receivers and then they wanted me to go with the defensive backs. I just kept going back and forth between the two positions.”
Charles, who has played both sides of the ball in high school, was able to showcase his talents with the receivers as well on the defensive side of the ball at cornerback/safety.
“It was pretty good working out with Coach [Kerry] Dixon. He showed me some things that I could work on that I didn’t know already,” he said. “Coach [Kirk] Callahan was coaching me up well on defense too, but they said that I did a good job doing the drills.”
Last time Charles visited Florida he was unable to meet with head coach Jim McElwain, but on Saturday he got the chance to sit down and talk to the Gators’ head coach.
“I got to talk to Coach McElwain for a little bit with my mom there,” Charles said. “He said he was really glad that I made it to campus and that I looked great out there. He told my mom that I was a great athlete and that he would be in touch.”
The talented athlete hasn’t heard a lot from Florida, but according to his area recruiter, Greg Nord, that could all change next week.
“Coach Nord said that they were going to wait it out until after camp and then all of the coaches are going to meet and talk about me,” Charles said. “He said to give him a week then he would call me and talk to me more about Florida.”
One of the major things that has to be discussed by the coaching staff is where Charles will play in college and Nord made that clear to him.
“They are still saying athlete to me,” he said. “Coach Nord said that was one of the reasons that they wanted to meet so they could figure out where they see me playing.”
Even though Florida hasn’t pushed hard for Charles yet, the Gators are still a team in the thick of things according to the Tallahassee athlete.
“Florida, Notre Dame and Mississippi State are three teams standing out,” Charles said. “No leaders or anything like that because I’m just trying to wait everything out.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Charles is an interesting prospect that has a lot of athleticism but the toughest question is where do you play him? Some schools are recruiting him as a defensive back, while others are recruiting him on offense. If the Gators start to push for Charles then Florida has a great shot.