Florida Gators recruiting: Green building bonds with prospects

One of the first key members of the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2017 was receiver Daquon Green (6-1, 186, Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Tech), who visited Gainesville two weekends ago.

Green was on campus for the Gators first junior day of 2017 and he enjoyed spending time with some potential Florida targets.

“I got to know a couple of new recruits around here,” Green said after junior day. “Some of them have offers from Florida already, so hopefully they will be my teammates. I was just trying to build relationships with them and build the program up. It was a fun visit.”

The receiver committed to Florida during Friday Night Lights last summer and he says that he’s still pretty firm in his pledge to the Gators.

“I’m still pretty solid to Florida,” he said. “I’m taking other looks just in case anything bad happens at Florida, but most likely I’m not planning on switching over. I’m also looking at Ole Miss and North Carolina.”

During the junior day visit Green got the chance to meet a lot of the Florida coaching staff and they had a message for the Gators commit.

“The Florida coaches just really enjoyed the day with me,” Green said. “I talked to all of them and I get along with them all. Hopefully once I sign and come up here it will be a great time with them. Their message to me was just stay with them and be a good person.

Receivers coach Kerry Dixon has been the main recruiter for Green and the two have good bond based on their similar personalities.

“Coach Dixon and I have a real close relationship with each other,” he said. “Back when he was in school he had a personality like me so we can relate with each other. We can talk about football and things outside of football.”

Green got to spend a lot of time around Florida Gators recruiting commit Jake Allen and also two 2018 prospects.

“I was hanging out with Malik Davis and Michael Penix,” Green said when asked who he was with. “I also got to hang out with Jake Allen in the Gator room. He and I have a good connection with each other and I can’t wait to play with him.”

Junior day won’t be the last visit to Florida this spring for Green as the receiver plans to return soon.

“I plan to come back up here sometime next month,” he said. “Or just whenever my parents can bring me up here for a visit.”

INSIDERS TAKE: Green had a big junior season that saw him have 734 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. Green is a solid commit to Florida and is helping recruit others to Gainesville.

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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. Hopefully Daquon Green and Jake Allen both recruit other players like Chauncey Gardner and Will Grier tried in their classes. Having two great players trying to recruit for the Gators would be a huge help.