Decked out in Florida Gators’ attire, receiver commit Rick Wells (6-0, 187, Jacksonville, FL Raines) arrived in Gainesville on Friday night to compete in the 7-on-7 tournament with his Raines teammates.
“I got to run around with my team, we started off kind of slow but we bounced later on,” Wells said of his performance on Friday. “We finished strong and I think we made some nice plays in front of the coaching staff.
There have been some question marks arising recently of just how committed the Gators’ first 2016 commit is to Florida now that the Gators are building a rather large receiver class. Wells is aware of this and put those questions to bed, sort of.
“I’m still solid to Florida,” he said. “I’m going to South Carolina on June 13th and Michigan State some time. I will also be back at Florida some time.”
The good thing about a big receiver class is that there is a ton of playing time available in Gainesville at the position and Wells believes all of his fellow commits are capable of playing in Gainesville.
“Every one of them can make plays,” Wells said of the receiver class. “It’s a good class and all of us can make big plays down the field. It’s a big class but it’s a good one. We have some good receivers.”
After Friday night’s performance head coach Jim McElwain pulled Wells to the side to talk to him and the message was pretty simple.
“He’s just ready for me to be on campus so he can what I can do,” Wells said of Mac’s message. “He’s just ready to see me in the Orange and Blue. Coach [Kerry] Dixon tells me that he likes the way I catch the ball and that he and coach McElwain like me a lot.”
During the entire tournament on Friday, the Gators receiver commit had a coach watching him and he believes that is just one of the things that is changing about Florida’s new staff.
“This is a great staff and there is nothing I can say bad about them,” Wells said of the impressions of the staff. “The energy around here is good, a lot of good stuff going on right now.”
One thing that should give Gators fans a reason to be positive about keeping Wells’ commitment is that he’s actively recruiting others to join him in Gainesville.
“I’m trying to get D-Rob [Demetris Robertson] and I was trying to get Eli [Stove] but he committed to Auburn so that’s over,” Wells said. “I’m also after Solomon Kindley because he’s a teammate of mine.”
Before leaving the lacrosse field on Friday night Wells wanted to leave a final message to Florida fans.
“I’m ready to put on the Orange and Blue,” Wells said.
INSIDERS TAKE: Right now I believe that Wells sticks with Florida but it’s definitely something to watch going forward due to the fact that Florida is sure to get more receivers in the class and that Wells is taking other visits.