Recruit Reaction Part I: 'I really enjoyed every second of the game'

Sep 19, 2021 | 0 comments


Inside the Gators asked Florida commitments and targets for their thoughts on the Gators 42-20 win over South Florida. Find out what 17 prospects, including four-stars Jaleel Skinner and Nick Evers, as well as five-star Samuel M’Pemba thought of the game.

  • 2024 receiver target Debron Gatling

“I think they did pretty good. There were little mistakes they can fix, but I feel like the receivers had a solid game, they didn’t drop any passes. The atmosphere was unbelievable. I had to cover my ears a couple of times.”

  • 2023 four-star defensive line target Rueben Bain Jr.

“It was a tough loss but the guys fought hard to the last second. I like how Zach Carter and Brenton Cox played. Brenton did the best in my opinion and the crowd was crazy. There were times where it was so loud my ears were hurting and I love the crowd chants.”

“Man, I really enjoyed every second of the game and the effort that they put down last night and they showed everybody that they have heart and that they can compete with whoever lines up in front of them.”


“It was a great fan base, they’re really strong. Florida played well, but there were a couple of missed calls. I like how they used their outside linebackers a lot with them standing up.”

  • 2023 four-star defensive line target Tomarrion Parker

“I’ve never seen anything like it. It was so loud my dad had to text me because we couldn’t hear each other at times. I liked how the defensive line got after it and fought through the end.”

  • 2024 four-star linebacker target TJ Capers

“The experience at the game was great. I took time to time to watch players at my position, they played good, the defense played pretty good as a whole unit. The atmosphere was outstanding throughout the game. The crowd was electric from start to finish, the energy never stopped.”

  • 2024 quarterback target Mabrey Mettauer

“I think Emory Jones did pretty good. I think he fought through adversity really well. I love the atmosphere at the stadium and I love the traditions. As far as the loss I hate to lose but we put up a great fight. It made me love the Gators.”

“It was a great game, no way you can be mad at the way the Gators played. We went against the number one team in the nation and it went down to the wire. The offensive line was great. They gave the quarterbacks great time in the pocket against some of the best pass rushers in the nation. The crowd, geesh. I just wouldn’t want to be the opposing team. I’ve never experienced something that loud before.”

  • 2023 four-star defensive line target Wilky Denaud

“I mean they played really well. They made a few mistakes, but I feel like they made most of them up in the second half, it just wasn't enough to pull out a win. It shows that I can compete at the highest level. I felt the defensive side played really well and the atmosphere was just so amazing. There was a lot of energy out there.”

  • 2023 three-star quarterback target Christopher Vizzina

“The atmosphere was amazing, it was so loud. Emory Jones made some great plays. I definitely could see there being a rematch in December.”

  • 2024 receiver target Zycarl Lewis Jr.

“I feel like they played a great game. I like that when they were down they didn’t have their heads down, they fought through adversity. The passing game could be a little better to the receivers but I like how they used their tight ends. The atmosphere was great, that was my first game at Florida and now I see how loud that stadium can get! I would love to come to another game.”

  • 2024 four-star athlete target Fred Gaskin III

“To be honest, I think it was interesting. It had me scared at the beginning because Florida was down 21-3 in the first quarter, but the energy after half time from the players – I knew they came back ready to play and they did. The atmosphere of the fans and just the Swamp all the way around had me interested and it made it a good experience for me.”

“While you always want to come out with a win – we showed we can go blow for blow with the #1 team in the country. I was proud of how Emory Jones and the offense played — and our defense was dominant in my opinion! I would love about 5 more minutes in that game to see what would’ve happened!  Everything about The Swamp exceeded expectations!”

  • 2024 running back target Anthony Carrie

“For one the atmosphere was amazing. I feel like the running backs played lights out with what was given! I feel like they are rotating running backs a little too often but I understand why that is.”

“I feel like it was a great game and Florida didn’t give up, the offensive line was dominating against a great defensive lineman. The crowd was crazy, it made my head hurt at times.”

  • 2025 athlete target DJ Pickett

“One I thing I saw about Florida is they don’t stop playing until the clock is 0:00 in the 4th quarter. The defensive backs played great.I like how they played for each other, every time a defensive back makes a good play or maybe had a mistake they were always keeping them up. The crowd was amazing.”

“I thought when we settled down we looked really good and controlled the game for the most part I think Emory Jones played a solid game and the atmosphere was crazy! It was really loud.”

  • 2025 quarterback target Colin Hurley

“It was a tough one to lose. Two great SEC teams battled hard. I think Florida outworked Alabama in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters. Great visit. Great atmosphere. Great time.”

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