Brown knows he’s a priority for the Florida Gators

Last Thursday two of the Florida Gators’ biggest targets at the receiver position were on campus and both guys are Florida legacies.

One of those guys on campus was receiver Vernell Brown III (5-11, 170, Orlando, FL. Jones) who is the son of former Gators defensive back Vernell Brown.

“It was good, I was only there for about two hours,” Brown said of his visit to Florida last week. “I didn’t get to do too much but it was good. I met with Coach G [Billy Gonzales] the majority of the time and Coach Napier too.”

While on campus receivers coach Billy Gonzales explained to Brown just what he could do for his game if he picked Florida.

“He stressed that it was like a pro-style offense,” he said on how Gonzales sees him fitting into the offense. “I would be moving around he would put me in the best position to make plays and get the ball in my hands. His biggest focus was just his development over the years and how he can guarantee my development at the receiver position.”

Gonzales and head coach Billy Napier both explained to Brown that the Gators need him in this class at receiver.

“Kind of yeah,” Brown said if Florida expressed a big need for him. “The whole staff has done a really good job of letting me know that I’m a priority for them.”

Napier also spoke with Brown at length about why he’s needed so much and why he fits the program both on and off the field.

“He stresses that I’m a priority and that he likes my playstyle,” he said on the message from Napier. “He also sees me as one of those go-to guy’s that will be a great addition to the offense. He likes the person than I am off the field and how I handle my business.”

Freshman DJ Lagway has talked with Brown a good bit during his recruitment and the receiver is excited to see what Lagway does this year.

“Absolutely, he’s a really good quarterback and had a really good senior year,” Brown said of if having DJ Lagway on campus helps Florida. “I’m excited to see what he does his freshman year, he’s a big addition to the Florida offense and helping my recruitment.”

Next up for Brown will be two more visits this spring and then he hopes to set some summer visits.

“I’m visiting Florida on Thursday because we didn’t get to watch spring practice,” he said on what’s next for him. “Then I have one more visit to Miami and then we will set up official visits.”

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, 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.