Keeping the elite talent in-state for college is one of the hallmarks of building a program in the SEC. That is exactly what we have here as Sam McCall out of Lake Gibson (Lakeland, FL) High School committed to the Florida Gators class of 2022 this week.
By Steve Wright
McCall is one of the most highly regarded players in the class. He has a 5-star ranking per the 247Sports Composite Ranking system and he is rated as the No. 30 player in the country, the No. 4 athlete in the country, and the No. 5 player in Florida. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder committed to the Gators over a list that included Alabama and Florida State.
While McCall is listed as an athlete, his future looks likely to be at the cornerback spot. It is a position he has all the physical tools for – great length and outstanding athleticism being two of them – and his play over the last couple of season has more than matched up to the physical gifts that he has been given.
One reason that the Florida coaches love McCall is that he comes from a press-heavy scheme in high school. This means that he is already well versed in the style of defense that the Gators use – one that can take some time for new players to get used to – so there is a chance that McCall will be one of those rare defensive backs that are able to contribute as an underclassman.
The highlight video shows McCall and his ability to make plays. He can jump out of the gym and has exceptional closing speed when the ball is in the air to the point that even if a wide receiver looks open, he usually isn’t. When his hands are on the ball, McCall is a defensive back that is able to change the outcome of a game with a big return for a score. It is that playmaking ability that separates the good from the great and if his progress continues then McCall has the chance to be a special player at The Swamp.