Florida Gators' Tampa Bay recruiting trio became a package deal
I'll have a story coming online later and in Sunday's Tampa Bay Times about the Florida Gators' local recruiting push. After signing zero Tampa Bay prospects last year, UF has three oral commitments in this class (with a week to go until signing day) - Hillsborough High defensive end Zachary Carter, Tampa Bay Tech receiver Daquon Green and Jesuit running back Malik Davis.
One thing that didn't make the final story: In some ways, they were a package deal.
"We've been talking about this for a long time, trying to get us at one school," said Green, a four-star prospect. "Make a big change, make a big statement."
The trio has known each other for a few years now. They've become friends through the 7-on-7 circuit.
Green was the first to commit to UF, back in the summer of 2015, because he saw an opportunity for early playing time on team still lacking big-play skill players.
Carter was next; he committed in June.
"(Carter) kept telling me about how it'd be great if we all went to the same school - stuff like that," Davis said. "Then with Daquon already committed, of course he was on me, too."
So when UF offered Davis a scholarship in October, he committed within a few days.
And that's how an important recruiting area for the Gators went from a 2016 shutout to UF's second-biggest talent source in 2017 (behind south Florida).