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100 Days of Florida Football: No. 12 Quincy Wilson

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Defensive back Quincy Wilson may have been the most important recruit of the 2014 class. Wilson’s efforts to help build and maintain Florida’s class, despite a less than desirable result on the field, were paramount to the Gators reeling in a top-10 class. He’s also a solid football player and will compete for playing time in his freshman season.

University School in Fort Lauderdale saw a lot of success in the years Wilson played there and he’s a big reason why. The Suns won the FHSAA Class 3A championship during his junior season and made it to the Class 4A Regional Finals his senior campaign. He was a three-year letterwinner, contributing every year he was on varsity. His sophomore season, Wilson racked up 22 tackles and two interceptions. He followed that year up with a 34 tackle, one INT performance his junior year when the Suns won the state title. As University School moved up in class from 3A to 4A, Wilson’s got more attention as a senior. He notched 21 tackles and three picks as a senior en route to being named Class 4A First-Team Defense and an Under Armour All-American Game selection. As a member of Team Nitro, Wilson was able to get a tackle against his classes’ elite.

At 6-1, 196 pounds, Wilson displays great size for the safety position where he’ll likely play at Florida. He’s got great instincts that fuel his playmaking ability. He shows good speed, including closing speed, to get to the ball and wrap up tackles. According to 247Sports composite rankings, Wilson was a three-star prospect ranked as the 36th S, 47th player in Florida, and 371st overall of the 2014 recruiting cycle. He committed to Florida before his senior season over Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State,  Tennessee, and 42 other offers. 

Despite Florida’s down year last season, Wilson never wavered and even garnered more top-notch recruits for the Gators class. He can thank his dad, Chad Wilson, for his skills on the field. The elder Wilson was a cornerback for Miami between 1992-1994. Although his father is a Hurricane, the Wilsons haven’t let the rivalry spill into family matters. Now Quincy has the opportunity to play a role with Florida and gain some valuable experience in the secondary during his freshman year. He could see time on special teams or in the nickel package as he earns the benefits of enrolling early. With his confidence and ability to reach out to other big-time players, Wilson could be the Gators glue.

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