Florida Gators Will Find Ways to Utilize Treon Harris in 2014

By Tyler Brett
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For Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators, the 2013 season was a monumental disaster that they need to bounce back from in a major way in 2014. One way they can do that is by bringing in some impact players on the recruiting trail to infuse some energy into the depth chart and give the Gators a spark next fall. Florida was able to to land some impact recruits on National Signing Day, perhaps none bigger than four-star athlete Treon Harris, whom the Gators flipped from the defending National Champion Florida State Seminoles.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect had been verbally committed to FSU since July but flipped on Wednesday morning to Florida. He comes to Gainesville from Miami where he enjoyed an incredible prep career, playing in three straight state championships and winning the last two. During his senior season, Harris threw for 2,159 yards and 28 touchdowns to four interceptions while completing 62 percent of his passes  and ran for another 575 yards as he led the way as one of the premier dual-threat quarterbacks in the state of Florida.

Due to his lack of size, however, Harris is considered a prime candidate to make a position switch at Florida, especially if he hopes to see the field right away. His dynamic athletic ability would make him a dangerous weapon in the offense as a slot receiver or running back and give returning starting quarterback Jeff Driskel another weapon to work with in Florida’s revamped offense next fall. Finding ways to get the football in his hands will be a top priority for the Florida coaching staff and could be the key to the Gators’ bouncing back in 2014.

While Harris would likely prefer to continue to play quarterback, the clearest path for him to the starting lineup will be to become a slash-type player for the Gators as a freshman. Getting his athletic talents out onto the field as soon as possible will be a serious boost to the Gators’ attack next fall and help Muschamp right the ship in Gainesville.

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