New recruiting support staff hire helps Florida get back in the picture with five-star

Dec 12, 2021 | 0 comments

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Throughout the spring and summer, Florida moved up and down the leaderboard of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy five-star safety Kamari Wilson‍. Then, the Gators began to fade from contention over the course of a less than stellar fall campaign.

It was to the point that a week ago, when he tweeted out a final four, Florida was nowhere to be found.

Instead, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, and Texas A&M were the finalists.

However, as Inside the Gators reported in our early Friday Weekend Visitor Preview, there was a good chance that Wilson was going to make a 'surprise' visit to campus.

He ended up doing just that.

The weekend gave him an opportunity to spend an extended amount of time with Billy Napier, Patrick Toney, and Corey Raymond.

If you ask Wilson, their enthusiasm for the Florida Gators came through loud and clear.

“The highlight was being able to meet the new staff,” said Wilson. “They seem passionate about the program.”

Perhaps the most meaningful new addition isn’t actually an assistant coach or really all that new.

The visit was put in motion earlier in the week when new Florida head coach Napier visited IMG Academy to plant a seed.

Florida was in the process of welcoming back Assistant Director of Player Personel Jamar Chaney.

After playing for him at Mississippi State, Chaney worked in Florida's recruiting office for Dan Mullen before leaving to go back home to the Magnolia State in the summer of 2020.

Before playing at MSU, Chaney was a star at Port St. Lucie High School, which is 25 minutes down the road from Wilson's home base, Fort Pierce.

That tie has helped the two form a relationship that pre-dates this recruiting cycle.

“Chaney is a legend where I’m from,” explained Wilson. “We have a good relationship.”

That pre-existing relationship along with the way he feels about the school and staff has Florida back in the running, but there's still some thinking that has to be done before Wednesday.

“UF is in the final five,” said Wilson. “I just have to pray to God and continue to talk with my family. This is a huge decision.”

The Inside Scoop: Throughout the process, Wilson hasn't been the most talkative prospect, making it difficult to lock down where this stands with a couple of days remaining, but it is safe to say Florida getting his last visit before the dead period commences at midnight tonight was a big deal for the Gators.

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