Florida’s Friday Night Lights proves fruitful

Justin Fields, one of the top quarterback prospects in the country, throws in a drill as Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, right, watches during Friday Night Lights, the annual Florida football high school camp at the Indoor Practice Facility. [Brad McClenny/Staff photographer]

With the amount of talent on hand in Gainesville for Friday Night Lights, the University of Florida’s annual football recruiting showcase, the Gators seem set for an even brighter future.

A pair of verbal commitments, two premier quarterbacks and a multitude of prospects high on Florida’s board were just some of the aspects on full display at UF’s Indoor Practice Facility and under the lights at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

But before the event got underway, the Gators landed a verbal commitment from rising tight end prospect Dante Lang, a three-star recruit in the 2018 class out of Boca Raton High. Lang said his relationship with Florida tight ends coach Greg Nord helped solidify his commitment.

“It’s a good vibe for me here, good family and I’m cool with all the players and coaches. It’s just like one family,” Lang said. “Nord, he’s a big guy. When I told that man I committed, that man jumped like seven feet in the air and jumped on me.”

After the camp’s conclusion, the good news only continued for Florida with a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Wardrick Wilson, a 6-foot-4 prospect out of Miami’s Norland High. A rising prospect in the 2019 class, Wilson gave UF offensive line coach Brad Davis his verbal commitment after camping at Florida.

The commitments may have a long-lasting effect on Florida’s program, but all eyes Friday were understandably on quarterbacks Justin Fields (Kennesaw, Georgia) and Matt Corral (Long Beach Poly, Calif.). The top remaining uncommitted quarterbacks in the 2018 class, both participants were on hand Friday in the Indoor Practice Facility working with Florida’s coaches and visiting the facilities.
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