Early National Signing Day has come to an end for the Florida Gators and we have about six weeks until the February signing day to see who else becomes future Gators. Coach Mullen did a great job of signing the longtime commits and also going out to recruit the Lakeland trio and reestablishing the Polk County pipeline. Until Feb I wanted to take some time and give a few breakdowns on some of our early signees on offense. Looking at the current offensive signees I list three players who stick out to me, and believe they could all have successful collegiate careers as a Florida Gator.
Keon Zipperer – 4 Star TE, 6’2 240 pounds, Lakeland High School
The standout Lakeland TE picked the Gators on Early National Signing Day and he fits the offense perfectly. Keon chose the Gators over Miami, Alabama, and LSU. Miami made things very interesting especially with TEs coach Todd Hartley being Keon’s primary recruiter. Hartley tried his best by staying in consistent communication with his mom and also brought his brothers AAU team on tour at Miami’s football facilities. However, Keon chose Florida because it felt more like home.
Strengths: Keon is not your typical size 6’6/6’7 TE, however, he packs a punch. At 6’2, 240 pounds Zipperer has a very solid build. Keon shows great hands, size, and breakaway speed. Mullen will look to use him as an H-back TE, but also could be used as a WR as well. With Zipperer’s versatility and play-making ability he will definitely be in the TE rotation.
Player comparison: Delanie Walker
Nay’Quan Wright – 4 Star RB, 5’9 185 pounds, Miami Carol City
Coming into this recruiting season Mullen and his staff needed to add another running back to the backfield. With the likes of Jordan Scarlett exited for the NFL Draft the Gators would only have four running backs on the team. Although four RBs may seem crowded it’s always great to have depth especially with the uncertainty of Malik Davis’s injury. With all the being said the Gators pushed for Carol City RB Nay’Quan Wright. Viewed by many as the best RB in Dade county, Wright was poised for a phenomenal junior season but it was negated due to injury. Coming into his senior year Wright had to prove the viewers right, and he did by bouncing back with a phenomenal senior campaign.
Strengths: Wright might not have the measureables as big bruising RB, but don’t be fooled the kid is stud. Wright shows a physical style of running with also having the ability to make you miss with his elusivness. Wright is also a serious threat out the backfield, he has the potential to do serious damage in the slot position in certain offensive packages.
Player Comparison- Devonta Freeman
Ja’Markis Weston – 3 Star WR, 6’3 205 pounds, Clewiston High School
During the recruiting cycle it’s the common thing to always push for the 5 stars, and 4 stars of the world. However, it’s always beautiful when you can find that “gem” prospect. Weston a 3-star prospect out of Clewiston, FL has all the potential of being a special type player. A former Florida Gator and now SEC Network analyst Chris Doering believes if Weston went to camps consistently he’d be 5 star WR. That could be saying a ton, however many people including Coach Mullen believe those assumptions could be true. Weston was recruited by last the staff and never made it to Gainesville until FNL during the summer. Mullen made Weston a priority when many recruiting analyst felt at one point he’d commit to Penn State.
Strengths: Weston was used all over the field during his high school career which shows great versatility. Weston played a majority of his snaps on offense as WR and few snaps on defense as a DE. Weston fits Mullen’s mold as a WR perfectly on this offense. Mullen wants big framed WRs on the outside that can correct space with their speed and when one on one battles against defenders due to their size. Weston shows great hands, and top end speed when it comes to his route running. Weston also show great yard after catch (YAC) ability when making plays on offense. It’ll be interesting to see if Weston makes a push for playing time when he arrives on campus. Weston will definitely be a player the staff looks for during his sophomore season.
Player Comparison- Allen Robinson