Jr. Day Recruiting Quick Hitter: Florida is one of the leaders

Quick Hitter: Jones & Upshaw

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Madison (Ms.) three-star tight end Micah Jones first visited Florida last season for the Gators’ upset win over Tennessee. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder returned to campus on Saturday for UF’s second Jr. Day of the 2025 recruiting cycle.

Jones said that one thing stood out to him above everything else.

“The highlight of the visit was probably talking to Florida players and seeing their everyday experience and seeing how real Florida is. The players on the player panel kept it real, which is big for me. They didn’t sugarcoat anything. They told us exactly how it feels to be a Gator every day.”

He also spent time around potential position coach Russ Callaway as well as UF’s head coach.

“I talked to Coach Callaway and also had a great conversation with Coach [Billy] Napier,” said Jones. “They talked highly of me as they always do.”

Approaching double-digit offers, with programs such as Florida, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Ole Miss already in the mix, Jones isn’t ready to put out a leaderboard just yet.

However, Florida has put itself in a good position.

“I think Florida is on the top end of my schools for sure after today,” said Jones. “Florida is one of my leaders, but I’m not ready to give a clear-cut number one.”

Up next is a trip to see Ole Miss.

Jones is the No. 427 rated prospect in the nation according to the On3 Consensus.


On Saturday Phenix City (Ala.) three-star receiver Daylyn Upshaw was on the first of what will end up being a three-stop tour through the Sunshine State by attending the Gators’ Jr. Day.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder said that the coaches he spent the most time with were support staff members David Doeker and Chad Lucas.

“We had some very meaningful conversations about how I feel about everything, and they talked about me coming back to visit,” said Upshaw.

According to Upshaw, a current Florida football player was also in his ear.

“Eugene Wilson told me a lot of good things about the advisory staff and coaches.”

He said that despite how impressed he was with the visit, and facilities, he’s wide open.

“There are no early schools at the moment,” was his reply when asked about potential leaders.

Upshaw said he will visit UCF and Miami next week.

He is the No. 592 rated prospect in the nation according to the On3 Consensus.

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