The Florida Gators and new head coach Billy Napier are continuing to recruit hard to rebuild a roster that was way below the standard expected in Gainesville last season.
By Steve Wright
The latest piece of the puzzle is a quarterback that Napier hopes can be the future of the program, with 3-star recruit Max Brown out of Lincoln Christian (Tulsa, OK.) School flipping from Central Michigan to the Gators as part of Napier’s first recruiting haul next season.
Brown – who stands at an impressive 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds – is the Gator’s 14th commitment of the cycle. He pledged after a whirlwind recruitment that included an in-home visit and trip to Gainesville in the space of four days. The dual-threat player isn’t super high rated by the 247Sports Composite Rankings, but that is more to do with a lack of competition as opposed to a lack of production. Brown is viewed as the No. 1,739 player in the country, the No. 110 quarterback, and the No. 30 player in Oklahoma.
In terms of production, however, Brown is right up there with the best. He was 167-of-235 through the air this year, passing for 2,750 yards and 41 touchdowns with four picks. He added another 1,343 yards on the ground and another 20 touchdowns as Lincoln Christian went 13-1 under his leadership as a senior. He was the Oklahoma 3-#A District MVP.
The knock on Brown is that his arm strength is inconsistent. This is something that can be worked on with dedicated coaching and you can see from the video below that Brown is already a playmaker. The first play shows this as Brown does his best Patrick Mahomes impression. He has a knack for keeping his eyes downfield while avoiding pressure, always looking to complete a pass rather than escape the pocket for a minimal gain.
Brown loves throwing while on the move – an ideal trait for college offenses – and he has a play-action game that is already college-ready. The first play of the video which is a designed run shows what Brown can do with his feet, with the quarterback having plus-level acceleration and a top-end speed that can separate him from defensive backs. He could be a sneaky good pickup in this cycle by the Gators.