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Could an ‘18 Preferred Walk-On be a Difference Maker?

Discussion in 'Awesome Recruiting' started by DBCooper, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. DBCooper

    DBCooper GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    Hendersonville, NC
    Check out the HUDL highlights for QB Jaylin Jackson. He is lightning in a bottle. Not sure he’ll ever be an SEC passer but he checks the speed, moves and sees the field boxes. He and Williams could give UF a dynamic duo of returners for Gator special teams. He looks like a good candidate for the slot as well. I don’t see LB’s running with him.
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  2. Skink

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    Quezzie was a little guy too, and we all know how that worked out
  3. n210sgator

    n210sgator GC Legend

    Jan 11, 2015
    Neptune Beach
    Until Nebraska dislocated his hip on the 95 NC game opening kickoff return o_O
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  4. Skink

    Skink GC Hall of Fame

    Yeah I remember that like it was yesterday. He lay there on the field literally broken. That game was beyond awful, and that Nebraska team was one of the best college football teams in the history of the sport. 62-24 ugh
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  5. Tasselhoff

    Tasselhoff GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007
    His teammate was King Rich. The competition was not great but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he is very elusive. He knows he is coming in as a slot receiver and KO/PR. If he works at it I think he has the skills to be succeasful.
  6. crl

    crl GC Hall of Fame

    Nov 8, 2008
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  7. theghost

    theghost GC Hall of Fame

    Aug 14, 2011
    DC area
    The addition of this kid as an offensive playmaker allows Watkins the chance to move to CB (if that's something the coaching staff decides is needed).

    I'm not expecting him to be the next star WR, but he could definitely contribute much more than the usual walk-on. I'd especially like to see him tried at KR or PR.

    Regardless, glad we got him.

    I understand what you're saying about the small school....but while you disparage the talent at his little Christian school that also suggests his teammate that we signed isn't prepared to play at UF, although he was a 4-star OL. :D
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  8. gatorev12

    gatorev12 GC Hall of Fame

    Jan 27, 2009
    I can see what you're getting at after looking this guy up; but it's just tough to catch any coaching's staff's attention as a walk-on. I love hearing stories like that as much as the next guy; but it's very much the exception rather than the rule...and especially these days. Coaches have more vested interest in giving the 3* recruit 2-3 extra chances to run a route in practice to develop them rather than the walk-on.

    Think you're right that his best pathway to success would be to rock out on special teams and hope the coaches give him an extra opportunity or two as a result.
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  9. Skink

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    What's sad (infuriating) is that people like this are in the very influential position of being able to spout totally baseless propaganda in the faces of young impressionable teenagers who typically look up to their college professors. And I have no doubt that this guy does exactly that. It goes beyond irresponsible. And of course, it's always liberals doing crap like this.
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  10. Crusher

    Crusher GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 19, 2007
    Did you miss his highlights from the 1996 and 1997 years? But, yes he was lucky that unlike Bo's injury it was not career ending.
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  11. paidinfull

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    Feb 22, 2017
    The "preferred" walk-on's get a much harder look than the other kids straight off the street. They get a lot of the perks of the scholly kids, as far as meals and stuff go too. Not all of em, but definitely more than the other walk ons.
  12. Notoriousgator

    Notoriousgator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007
    I don't mean to hijack the thread here but I feel compelled to give Quezzie a shout out for being one cool ass dude and awesome friend.

    I dont remember exactly how we met (it may have been thru J Rutledge or Tim Beauchamp or randomly met)...but we established a pretty good friendship and every Monday we would meet for lunch at the Chik Fil A because he was interested in how my Fantasy Football team was doing for the weekend.

    He loved talking fantasy football and was curious about the scoring. At the time I think we had 5 leagues going but I couldn't get him to join any of them. He would always say "Hey Notorious, when I make it to the league you have to promise me you'll draft me on one of your teams!" If you knew Quezzie, you know he was saying it half jokingly and half seriously. Quezzie was never a great/good fantasy option but to keep up my end of the bargain I used a late, late draft pick on him so I could tell him I followed through with what he asked me to do. I wrote him a letter while he was with the Bucs to tell him that I drafted him. Once he received my letter he called me. I saw the call was from Tampa but I thought it was one of my buddies from USF. After I said hello all I could hear was somebody laughing his ass off...then I hear I can't believe you remembered! It was a very cool moment.

    Alot of people probably don't know his real name is not Jacquez. I can't recall his name but I know it's similar to Dartagnan from the 3 Musketeers. Every once in awhile when I would see him on campus or run into him out on the town I would yell out Dartagnan! Oh my god its one of the musketeers! He was generally a shy kid and hated when I drew attention to him like that (I wasn't aware that my history knowledge was way off at the Time!!) Lol

    Ok...back on topic. Sorry for the hijack but i felt like telling my Quezzie story.
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  13. Skink

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    Thanks for the hijack man - that's a cool story

    And I'm not really sure what you hijacked
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  14. Notoriousgator

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    Apr 3, 2007
  15. DieAGator

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    Apr 3, 2007
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  16. cudagator

    cudagator Senior

    Feb 22, 2017
    Notorious the actual opening k/o was returned to the Gator 40yd. line by Quezzie. Kavin Walton was assisted off the field rather than Quezzie. It was later in the game that he got blown up. There were few exciting moments in the game and my friends and I questioned why we went but that game showed the Gators what they needed to win the next year.

    The stadium was a joke and the grass had no root system.
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  17. gatorfan828

    gatorfan828 Junior

    Dec 8, 2016
    Orlando, Florida
    Brandon James 2.0
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  18. zman-1

    zman-1 GC Legend

    Mar 5, 2017
    West of the equator
    I never fully recovered from that beat down.
  19. zman-1

    zman-1 GC Legend

    Mar 5, 2017
    West of the equator
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  20. Skink

    Skink GC Hall of Fame

    yeah I hear you. It was sweet redemption to win it all the next year.

    52-20 >> 62-14
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