Five newcomers the Florida Gators are buzzing about
GAINESVILLE - The Florida Gators opened fall practice Thursday, giving coaches the first full look at some of the newcomers. Here are some reactions to few that have jumped out:
Coach Jim McElwain on Jordan Smith, a four-star defensive end and early enrollee: "Jordan Smith is a guy, just looking at him in uniform, I was kind of like, ‘Geesh, you're actually starting to kind of grow up.'"
McElwain on Antonneous Clayton, a four-star defensive lineman and the top-ranked prospect in UF's class: "I am really glad I wasn't the open end tackle trying to protect against the guy. Here is the really good thing. In some of the drills we had to pull the reigns a little bit. The guy just loves football. You can tell when he gets out there. He has a great personality."
McElwain on Jawaan Taylor, a three-star guard and Brett Heggie, a three-star center: "Taylor today - I don't usually throw out names, don't think he's like a first-team All-SEC player, guys, but I will tell you this. I was impressed with that. I was impressed with Brett Heggie taking control, especially with not being here just having the summer, which tells me Cam Dillard did a great job with him this offseason. I thought that was good up front."
Receiver Brandon Powell on four-star receiver Freddie Swain: "He's going to be a big-time player here. He's got a lot of work to do, but Freddie Swain's going to be one of the guys that stands out. He's good at listening. He gets extra work done. When we're all doing work, he gets extra film time. Freddie Swain, he's going to be nice."