It’s easy to be jaded in the recruiting world. We look forward to four and five star guys and dream of their potential in Florida football. We commend Billy Napier for limiting the number of three-star guys on his big board, and wrinkle our noses and yawn at lower-rated recruits.
When Jordan Gile announced he would be a Florida Gator as the preferred walk-on in 2023, most of us said, “Ok, but what about Jaden Rashada’s fallout?”
But watching the film about Gile reveals a potential hidden gem that will be included in the Florida QB space next season.
Florida Football: Diamond in the Rough
Let’s get the obvious out of the way; Jordan Gile will not start for Florida when the Gators take on Utah in the season opener.
Gile is a two-star prospect from Tennessee who seemed largely ignored on the recruiting lane. Kansas and Arizona State were the only other Power 5 schools that expressed interest in Gile.
The biggest blow to Gile is his size. At 6’0″, 190 pounds, he’s literally the same dimensions as me. He’s by no means small for a normal person, but 82% of the QBs ranked in the top 100 by 247 Sports are at least 6-1 or above, and those who are 6-0 or below are elite athletes.
That’s not to say Gile can’t run, he had over 300 rushing yards last year, but that’s not his game’s forte.
But you know who else was 6’0″ and turned out to be a really good QB?
Drew Brees and there are many similarities between Giles film and Brees.
In his senior year highlight film, Gile is repeatedly seen throwing it low and purposefully. He probably has more than 20 throws on his film that were shots that went more than 100 feet in the air. Even more impressive is that despite the frequent deep shots, he still had a 74% completion rate.
According to MaxPreps, only one QB in the country who ranked in the top 200 passing yards had a greater than 74% completion rate.
Gile is left-handed, but on film also has the ability to roll left and right while still delivering accurate throws into tight windows.
He tends to coil up his throw and reclines rather than drive through, not too dissimilar to Brees. And there’s criticism that he played in Class II-AA in Tennessee, which is a relatively low level on the Tennessee high school football totem pole.
But for a preferred path to Florida football, there’s a lot to like about Gile, even if he doesn’t have a clear path to ever getting onto the field.
His full graduation film can be seen here.