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It was Florida’s addition of wide receiver coach Keary Colbert that all but locked up Caleb Douglas’ commitment to the Gators.
The Texas native is the only wide receiver in Florida’s 2022 class (with a possible companion in Arlis Boardingham) and will look to make a big splash in the Swamp this fall.
Inside the Gators had the chance to learn more about the Texas native in this edition of Getting to Know.
It came down to UF and LSU, why those two?
“When I went to UF, I already loved everything that I saw. I love the upside of it. And on top of that, my wide receiver coach (Keary Colbert) is there. So, that had a big role in it, so I was like, ‘man, might as well just go ahead and go with him. I've been, I've been locked in with him, so I'll just stay with them.’”
What was it about the Gators that had you convinced?
“I really liked how coach Nap did everything. He kept in touch with us like he was not the head coach. I've never seen a head coach that’s kept in touch with his recruit so much. He texted us every morning, got on calls with us. The other schools, to be honest, I didn't speak with the head coach until I got on campus. I kind of see how coach Nap is. He's a real one. So I was like, ‘Man, I’m gonna just go with him.’”
So you had some connections with coaches before, but who were you able to connect with when you did get on campus? Who made the biggest impressions?
“Oh, coach (Jabbar) Juluke did for sure. Him and my dad, they’re frat brothers. So, they were kind of locked in. Then just how he was just talking to me and all that you can tell, when I get there, I have somebody else to talk to.
“And coach Joe Hamilton. I'm going to be able to click with these guys. I ain't gonna just be walking around campus not being to talk to anybody. I'll be able to like talk to whoever basically because they all had great impressions.”
If you could describe your play in one word, what would it be?
Who does your style of play compare to in the NFL?
“I say like Tee Higgins. And my catching ability, I feel like I can be like Larry Fitz. And then lengthwise Calvin and Tee Higgins, again.”
Who are you looking forward to playing alongside? Or getting to know on the team?
“Anthony Richardson, for sure. And (Gervon) Dexter. He seems super funny. Like super funny.”
A lot of guys in that quarterback room to work with. Both experience and young guns. What’s that going to be like to work with?
“I know for a fact whoever gets it, they going to be throwing it. And I have no problems with who starts, or not because I like all of them.”
Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?
“I wore No. 4 these last two years. So, I always go on the four hash and pray on the four hash. I do that before every game.”
Do you plan to keep that going in college?
“I don't think I'm getting number four, but whatever number I get, yes.”
“And also, I always work out not the day before, but the day before, before. So, like, if I have a game Friday, I work out Wednesday. The last time I didn’t work out the day before, we lost, so I was like ‘See, that's why I work out.”
What type of workout is it?
“Just like keep the body tight. Lunges, a little bench, little curls, and yeah, that's about it.”
What got you into football?
“My dad. He was a big, big football player. He went to Vanderbilt and played quarterback and then transferred to Texas Southern. Just being part of my life and showing me that you gotta go the extra mile in everything you do, regardless of what the age is and what's holding you back, you got to go the extra mile.”
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If it wasn’t for football, what sport do you think you could go to college for?
What position did you play and how long did that last?
“I was a pitcher. I quit this year to run track so I can get a shape and all that. I didn't want it to, but I was like I got to do what’s best for college.
“But I pitched only I didn't bat. I really can't hit. I can hit nothing but fastballs, but when he started getting to curves and sliders, I'm like, ah jeez I can't do all that, but I was a pitcher only.”
Did any of those skills translate to football?
“I've always been a pitcher, but my freshman year when I wasn't pitching, I was as short. So, like, just the ball coming off the bat, you got to have great hand-eye coordination. It helped with my catching and all that. And my quick twitch muscles and also your decision-making cause baseball, you got to make decisions off the tee. You got to know where to go and all of that.
What are you looking forward to in college outside of football?
“I have like never been to a beach that's not dirty, like Galveston. So I really do want to go to the beach.”
Beyond just the beach, what else are you looking forward to in the state of Florida?
“Everybody's different everywhere. You are accustomed to people like I'm accustomed to people in Texas. I know how all of us talk, the dances. On social media, you see Florida people dance and just talk like the different lingo and all of that.”
What are you looking to study at UF?
“I want to get a major in exercise science and like a minor in business because I want to have physical therapy, like, like big, ol' facility once I graduate. I want to do stuff like that.”
What do you look for in a good roommate?
“Someone that's clean [and] like they don’t want to go out every day, but like, they're cool with going out, but they don't have to go out every day. And then also, somebody that’s gonna hold me accountable and all that. Like, if I'm slacking, you're telling me like, ‘Yeah, you slacking and you got to get right.’”
How did the nickname “PayDay” come to be?
“When I was a little kid, I was like seven or eight, I had just started flag. You know how in flag the quarterback is always just the fastest guy on the team and all that.”
“So, I was just the quarterback. I say “hut”. And then I just ran and just go score. And their like ‘Every time you get the ball it's money, it's payday.’
“And then later, I was like 10, they were like, ‘Yeah, we gonna call him payday because he'd go nuts, like the Payday bar anymore and all that.’ And I was like ‘I like that. That’s live.’”
You’re given the AUX cord for the locker room, what is the go-to song you’re playing?
”Oh, I've been messing with a whole bunch of new songs. I got to go to YoungBoy. I ain't going to lie to you. Anything YoungBoy.”
What are three things on your bucket list?
“I want to go to a third-world country.”
“I really want to just have a whole bunch of shoes. Like walk in my closet and I don’t even wear them, I just got them.”
What type of shoes are we thinking?
“Adidas, Nike, Off-white, all of it.”
If you could have dinner with three people from any point in history, who would they be?
“For sure, no doubt, LeBron [James].”
“Just like football aspect, I go Bo Jackson.”
You’ve got your baseball and football right there.
“He did literally everything.”
What meal are you having at this dinner?
“Got to go with the steak and lobster.”
Anything on the side?
“There's some greens, macaroni, potatoes, cornbread, all types of soul food sides.”
Are you binging any TV shows right now?
“Not right now, but I do watch That 70s Show. I literally go back and watch every episode like I never saw it in my life. That's like my favorite TV show.”
What would be your first purchase if you got drafted to the NFL?
“If I don't have it in college would be a truck. My six-inch lifts, some big ol’ rims, some cats for the exhaust.”
If you had a chance to go on a dream date, who would it be with?
“I’d probably go with Halle Berry. Like 2009 Halle Berry.”
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
“In the league.”
What is one thing about you that the Gator Nation would be surprised to find out about you?
“I feel like I can do almost anything athletic.
“If you show me once how to do it, I feel like I can get it done. Like I've never played tennis, but I feel like you showed me the gist of it, I’ll understand it and be good at it.”
We’re going to have to get you to a UF Gymnastics meet and have you do that stuff, won’t we?
“Oh, now that right there, all that flipping, I can do backups and all that but landing it back on the bar. Woo. That's hard.”
Totally random, but how about the Russell Wilson trade?
“I don't know why I feel like that’s where every quarterback goes now when they have to go somewhere. and, uh, Denver is always open. The guy they had before was not good. So, they were like, ‘Let me go get the guy.’”
Anything else you want to add?
“I have seven tattoos already. I have a full arm sleeve.”
What are the tattoos and what are the meanings behind them?
“I have my forearm tattoo right here. It says “Bless.”
“And then I have a little piece right here that's from Houston, Texas.”
“And then I have like a little, it says Matthew 10:28. That's basically saying “Fear God,” but I didn't wanna put “Fear God” because everybody has that one.”
“I have a little football with a heartbeat in it.”
“And then in this space, I got stars”
“Then like in two weeks I’m gonna get my stomach hit up.”