As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest UF recruiting news , tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators. Spider in the secondary?
When the Florida Gators are recruiting defensive backs, their pitch should be pretty simple.
“Watch the draft.”
UF had a pair of players selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and there will likely be two more this year with Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson.
That has the interest of Myles ‘Spider’ Sims, a 4-star defensive back from Atlanta.
“It’s definitely DBU in my eyes,” Sims said of Florida. “Most of the DB’s go to the league and they have a reputation for being one of the best, if not the best. I feel like I can be the next Vernon Hargreaves to go to the league from Florida.” Truly enjoyed my visit to the University of Florida. 📍 #ChompChomp 🐊 #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/ol19947jzr — Spider (@simsmyles) February 11, 2017 Sims made his first trip to UF last weekend and met new defensive backs coach Corey Bell, who impressed him right away.
“The visit went well for me,” Sims said. “I liked the atmosphere and thought Florida had some great people. I met their new DB coach and really liked that. … I thought our bond and our chemistry moved quickly and when I met him we just clicked.
“He’s a down-to-earth guy and I enjoyed his company. My favorite part of the trip was meeting Coach Bell and getting to know him as a person and his philosophy for how he coaches his DB’s.”
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound is listed as a safety on 247Sports, but the Gators are recruiting him to play cornerback in their secondary.
“They feel like I’m a true corner all the way in their defense,” Sims said. “They want me to be a guy to dominate that island and guard receivers one-on-one.”
Sims holds more than 30 offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State. He claims no favorites, but has a decision timeline in mind.
“I don’t really have any top schools right now, but I think probably before the season I’ll be committed somewhere,” Sims said. “Probably somewhere around the end of summer or maybe sometime in August before the season really starts up.” 00:00 / 05:46 SPIDER Highlights 16-17 48 Play
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The Gators extended an offer Thursday to John Campbell, a 3-star offensive tackle from Orlando, Fla.He’s now up to 28 offers, including Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Tennessee.“It felt great,” Campbell said. “It means a lot because it’s close to home. I don’t really have any favorites right now because I’m weighing my options, but I had a good time at Florida.” — John Campbell (@_jcamp74) February 12, 2017 The 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect visited UF last Saturday and spent time new assistant Brad […]