The first in a series of meet and greets for Florida Gator committed recruits starts with whom I consider to be the single most important recruit of the 2013 recruiting cycle: four star receiver Ahmad Fulwood from nearby Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville.
I know I’ll probably get some grief for calling him THE most important recruit this cycle. I can hear the criticism now, “what about offensive line?” ”What about Kelvin Taylor” the all-world running back and son of Gator great Fred Taylor?
I get it, line play has been inconsistent since the Pouncey twins left, we haven’t had a franchise running back since Ciatrick Fason, we need linemen for depth, etc…
While that is all true, what this team is truly missing right now is a PLAYMAKER! A receiver who can not only get open, but can catch a football, and make plays downfield after the catch. Reed, Hammond, and Dunbar have been serviceable this season catching passes from Jeff Driskel. None, however, are the big play receivers necessary to keep teams from loading the box.
Imagine what this offense would look like this year if they had a wideout with size to go up and catch jump balls, with strength to fight off press coverage, and the size and speed to break tackles and make plays after contact.
Ahmad Fulwood is THAT player. At 6’4″ 200 lbs Fulwood towers over smaller corners, has the strength to fight for jump balls and break tackles, quickness to make cuts at speed, and the speed to break away and score.
For all the talk of Meyer never being able to get that franchise back, it was the misses at wide receiver that have haunted the Gators the most. Too many highly ranked players either didn’t pan out or simply left the program since 2008. Consequently, the Gators have struggled at the position since Percy Harvin left.
While not the same type of player as Harvin, Fulwood is the big, speedy wide receiver this program needs to create a downfield presence and keep defenses honest. Next year Driskel will be a year older and will be in his second year in this system. Look for Ahmad to make an immediate impact.
And, as always, Go Gators!