Florida Football Recruiting: Jarrae Hawkins and Tre Wilson together will be lethal

The IMG wide receiver might be even faster than Tre Wilson
Florida Gators wide receiver Eugene Wilson III (3) attempts to score a touchdown during the first
Florida Gators wide receiver Eugene Wilson III (3) attempts to score a touchdown during the first / Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun / USA

Among the few bright spots for Florida football in 2023 was Tre Wilson. The freshman wide receiver from Tampa came to Gainesville with plenty of promise, and many would make the case that he should have been used even more than he was by Billy Napier.

As an array of Gators reaffirmed their commitment to the program today, one of the members of the class of 2024 coming to Gainesville has the opportunity to be just as dynamic as Wilson.

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In an industry where metrics and measurables heavily influence recruiting rankings, it feels strange that Jarrae Hawkins isn't rated higher than he has been by all four recruiting services. He is a four-star wide receiver from all four major services, with 247 Sports rating him the highest as the 180th best prospect in the nation.

Listed at 5'9" and 165 pounds, the services might point to his size as to why he isn't graded out higher.

We are just going to point out that Wilson is 5'10" and 170 pounds and that Hawkins is probably faster than Wilson.

In high school, Wilson's fastest certified 100 meter dash time while competing for Gaither High School was the 11.37 seconds he ran his sophomore year.

Hawkins ran a full second faster than that last season for IMG when he ran 10.37 seconds at the Texas Relays.

And the speed for Hakins shows up on the field immediately. He just dropped his senior year highlights with IMG, and if one thought Billy Napier loved just the jet sweep with Wilson this past season, wait until Hawkins gets a turn to run it.

If Napier isn't conjuring up ways to get both Wilson and Hawkins on the field at the same time for 2024, then it's a wasted opportunity.

Because if Napier can get both guys rolling, Team TNT might just turn Florida football into an explosive offense.