The firing of Ron Zook has caused an array of reactions from prospects looking at the Gators, some still feel the same, others have moved Florida down their list, but Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White cornerback Bryan Evans is just plain upset about it.
“This is just not good for Florida,” Evans said. “I think it was stupid of them to fire him in the middle of the season. If they feel like they needed to fire him then fine, but why now?”
Evans finished his junior season offensively with 66 carries for 732 yards, 15 touchdowns, and another 396 yards on 15 receptions. On defense, he totaled 5 interceptions, 49 tackles and 1 touchdown.
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“The day after a bunch of us went to camp up there, like four people committed to Florida, that’s the effect that it has on you,” Evans said. “I really wanted to play for coach Zook and coach Disch, with all the players they had brought in the past two years and the commitments they had this year, they were going to win a national championship.”
The 6-foot, 175-pound Evans runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, has a 300-pound bench press and a 475-pound squat.
“Florida was definitely in my top three before all this, but they have gone down my list now,” Evans said. “I have talked to Demetrice Morley today and he told me he had committed to Tennessee. I think this was going to be coach Zook’s best recruiting class yet.”
Evans is ranked as the No. 68 player in America despite position, the No. 5 cornerback in America and the No. 10 player in Florida.
“I wish they had at least given coach Zook a chance to finish the season,” Evans said. “I’m not sure what is going to happen with me and Florida now. I guess I am just going to sit back and wait and see who they bring in and what assistants get to stay.”