On Sunday, the Florida Gators hosted one of the top receivers in the state on campus for an unofficial visit during a busy weekend of visits.
Receiver Michael Redding III (6-1, 195, Bradenton, FL. IMG Academy) was on campus and got to speak with the Gators coaching staff.
“It was a great visit,” Redding said of his visit to Florida on Sunday. “I toured the campus and the football facility and I had a great talk with Coach [Billy] Gonzales and Coach [Dan] Mullen.”
Heading into the visit Redding didn’t believe he had an offer from the Gators but head coach Dan Mullen made sure to let the receiver know that he did have one.
“They’ve been offered but it was kind of a miscommunication,” he said on which coach told him about his offer on Sunday. “Coach Mullen reassured me that I had the offer and he wanted me to know that.”
Receivers coach Billy Gonzales explained to Redding why the Gators are in need of receivers in the 2020 class.
“They told me that they have four senior wide receivers leaving and two juniors that may leave early for the draft,” Redding said on the message from Gonzales. “He said they need guys that are going to make an immediate impact.”
Mullen explained to Redding why someone like himself fits into what the Gators are trying to build in Gainesville for this football program.
“Coach Mullen said that he likes guys that have high character and wants to work hard,” he said on the message from Mullen. “He said that those are characteristics that I have.”
Redding also had the chance to talk with Mullen and Gonzales about how the Gators offense could get him involved and get him the ball.
“He said he would like to put me in different positions to make plays,” Redding said on how Mullen says he could be used in Florida’s offense. “He said he can motion me to slot receiver, jet sweeps and screens. Versatility is something that Coach Gonzales uses with his wide receivers.”
Now that Redding knows he has an offer from the Gators, he admits it’s a good feeling and he likes a few things about Florida’s program.
“It means a lot and it gives me a lot to think about,” he said on what the offer from Florida means to him. “The history of Dan Mullen’s successful offense and the great academics that they provide that can help with life after football.”
The Gators aren’t the only team hot after Redding as several instate and out of state teams are after the receiver.
“Notre Dame, Purdue, Florida State, Florida, Miami and Penn State,” Redding said on schools standing out to him. “I don’t know when I’m making a decision.”