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Written by Andrew Spivey, June 8, 2015, 5 Comments,
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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.

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About Andrew Spivey

Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

  1. landportJune 8, 2015, 7:11 am

    Recruiting Rule of Thumb: 3-Star Preferences are usually (but not always) fairly solid with their stated Preference. The Reason: They are of ‘average’ talent and not ‘game-changers’. The 4-and 5-Star Preferences are usually (but not always) shaky. The Reason: A school will usually make room for a 4-and 5-Star Preference if he can be flipped. Final Recruiting Rule of Thumb: The words out of the mouth of a Preference mean absolutely nothing. Take a look. (‘feels like home’, ‘family atmosphere’, ‘comfortable’, ‘dream come true’) And my favorite, ‘I am 100% committed by about 90%’.

    • gator_n_scJune 9, 2015, 8:02 am

      Recruiting rule of thumb : know your recruits. Reason : it makes your post mute when your downing 3 stars and the guy your talking about is actually a 4 star…. just saying

    • landportJune 9, 2015, 4:36 pm

      Gator_N_SC: Interesting insight but could you translate it into standard, 21st century English—-just saying.

    • gator_n_scJune 10, 2015, 8:55 am

      Translation: Your criticizing a gator commit who has been consistently on the rise since he committed. He has had great performances at every camp he has attended and it’s paying off by him already earning his 4th star 8 months from NSD. At this point in the recruiting cycle Travis Rudolph was a 3 star WR and barely known but after standing out at several camps and attending the AA games he ended up #1 WR 5 stars and #11 overall. Have to let the ranking/ evaluation process play out, to early to judge a player of his “ranking” when the whole ranking process is so fluid and changes based off current performance.

  2. gator_n_scJune 9, 2015, 8:05 am

    I think your right and we land ridley, Victor, and bruce

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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.

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