If it seems like good vibes continue to circle Florida football, it’s because, well, they do. From recruiting, to progress made on the field this spring, the Gators have been working as hard as possible to put 2013’s debacle in the rearview mirror.
Florida and head coach Will Muschamp received another boost on Monday when highly-touted recruit Gerald Willis III arrived on campus early. A 4-star defensive end out of Louisiana, Willis will be able to participate in the Gators’ full offseason program.
According to Zach Abolverdi of GatorSports.com, Willis looked to enroll in January, however academic requirements held him back. Despite the setback, Willis will still be able to get extra work in, which will hopefully lead to an impact on the field this fall.
Muschamp, for one, is impressed with Willis’ work ethic and maturity, and is optimistic that he will be able to contribute in his first year.
“He can play multiple positions because he’s got enough girth to play inside. He’s a guy that’s real mature. He’s handled his business there at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, he’s worked hard academically to get to where he was.
“He’s got good flexibility in his lower body. He’s an explosive guy. He’s got good girth. He can play blocks. He really uses his hands very well, better than most high school defensive linemen. He really uses his hands. Those guys will be given every opportunity to step in and help us.”
Rivals had Willis pegged as the No. 6-ranked strongside defensive end in the nation, and the No. 83-overall player for 2014.