Gators football nabs commitment from WR McRoy

By Adam Silverstein
June 10, 2010

According to The Lakeland Ledger, the Florida Gators added a fifth member to their 2011 recruiting class on Wednesday when four-star wide receiver Javares McRoy (Lakeland, FL) decided to leave his brother alone in Lubbock, TX, and switch his verbal commitment from the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

McRoy joins fellow four-star recruits quarterback Jeff Driskel (Oviedo, FL), defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan (Asheville, NC), and athletes A.C. Leonard (Jacksonville, FL) and De’Ante Saunders (Deland, FL) as the sole members of the program’s 2011 class.

“I just thought about where I really wanted to go and what best fit me and my running style, and UF fits my style,” McRoy told the paper on Thursday.

Ranked as the No. 11 receiver in the country and No. 148 recruit nationally by Rivals, he is not listed on ESPNU‘s projection of the top 150 prospects and is ranked as their 27th-best wideout available. McRoy will be a four-year starter for the Lakeland Dreadnaughts, a pipeline for the Gators recently, which provided Florida with centers Maurkice and Mike Pouncey, running back Chris Rainey and safety Ahmad Black.

ESPNU calls McRoy a “scatback/slot [receiver best utilized] in the spread offense and certainly the return game where he has some upside.” Additionally, “McRoy possesses just about physical trait you would like in a skilled athlete with the exception of height. He is a diminutive smurf with elite speed and quickness and because of his height coupled with his feet and hips he is also a candidate to end up at corner.”

McRoy told the Ledger that head coach Urban Meyer and running backs coach Stan Drayton plan to utilize him in the “Percy Position” (to be played by Rainey in 2010) and will no longer be recruiting rushers for the 2011 signing class.

He originally committed to Texas Tech in December 2009 to go to school with his brother and fellow pass-catcher Benjamin McRoy, a 2010 recruit.

Photo Credit: Lakeland High School via ESPN


  1. Daniel M. says:

    Welcome aboard son. Best day of your life today.

  2. Phuq werner says:

    This guy is a great football player very capable of handling the role that Percy did…just needs to work on his attitude..

  3. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Kind of interesting this guy is good enough for the Percy position but he’s 148 in one ranking and not even top 150 in the other….am I missing something

  4. KB_Gators says:

    Impact player. Welcome.
    Just wait until he’s properly re-rated.

  5. To the jokester, Phuq, I agree with you on the attitude comment. Its like a Lakeland High thing. Remember the ‘Canes in the 1980’s? LHS is similar when it comes to character. As far as talent, that kid is amazing! Peep the video on my site and you’ll see what i’m talking about.

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