New receiver coach Joker Phillips and the rest of the Florida coaching staff has been out recruiting top notch receivers.
On Tuesday, the Gators visited Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas receiver Corey Holmes and delivered a message to his coach.
“Coach (Travaris) Robinson, the defensive back coach, came by on Tuesday,” Holmes said. “He told my coach that Florida had dropped the ball in my recruitment and that they should have been recruiting me harder. They asked my coach if they were too late to the game and how interested I was in them.”
After Robinson left Holmes school, Holmes called Florida’s defensive back coach and told him the answers he was looking for.
“I called coach T-Rob later that night,” Holmes said. “I told him that no it wasn’t too late for Florida to get back in the mix and that I’m very happy that they are interested in me. It means a lot that he came down to my school and admitted to dropping the ball on me. It’s a relief that they are interested in me and I plan to visit them this summer sometime.”
For the 6-foot-2, 174-pound wide receiver, the chance to go to Florida and standout on offense is something he notices.
“Over the last few years, Florida hasn’t had a receiver really step up,” Holmes said. “The coaches have told me that they want to open up the offense more and move to a more balanced offense of throwing the ball. They said that I can help build that.”
Florida does have some help with Holmes, as Holmes teammate Anthony Moten is a current Gators commitment.
“Me and Anthony are good friends and we have three classes together,” Holmes said. “He is always recruiting me and telling me to go play ball with him at Florida. It would be nice to play in college with Anthony.”