Florida Gators receiver Eugene Wilson has been recognized for his stellar play in 2023.
He was named to the On3 True Freshman All-American Team on Thursday. Wilson, a 5-foot-10.5, 170-pound standout from Tampa (Fla.) Gaither, caught 61 passes for 538 yards and six touchdowns this season. He added 55 rushing yards.
You can find the complete team HERE.
Wrote Charles Power, On3 Dir. of Scouting and Rankings: “Eugene Wilson III was a five-star outlier for On3 in the 2023 cycle and it’s not hard to see why. Florida often got him the ball very early in many of their games with him having multiple receptions on opening drives seemingly weekly.
He was a guy that Billy Napier and their offensive staff certainly wanted to get the ball in his hands as often as possible. Had a very high target percentage when he was in the game, especially unscripted drives.
Eugene Wilson was an On3 5-star at Tampa Gaither
Very dynamic with the ball in his hands. Outstanding mover. Has outstanding functional moving skills. Really quick and can make defenders miss in space. Had some great moments over the course of the season, especially the second half of the season after he came back from injury. He had a touchdown on the opening drive against Georgia.
Had two touchdowns against Arkansas and I think just continued to show his high-end talent. Moving forward, he’s a key piece for Florida and their offense. A guy who figures to be a building block moving forward for Billy Napier and his staff and one who has a very promising future in Gainesville.”
Wilson started seven games and led the team in touchdown receptions. He was second in receptions, receiving yards and receiving yards per game (53.8)
Wilson had 11 catches for 75 yards and a touchdown against No. 1 Georgia. The following week, he recorded two touchdown receptions vs. Arkansas. That was the first multi-score game of his career.
On3 Scouting report in high school
This is what On3 wrote about Wilson when he was a high school recruit: “Silky smooth mover at receiver with elite change of direction skills. Looks like of the quicker and more fluid receivers in the cycle. Measured around 5-foot-11, 165 pounds prior to his senior season.
Had an illuminating performance at the Under Armour Next Miami Camp in the spring prior to his senior season. Has the skills to consistently separate against top corners. Possesses elite change of direction and short area quickness, which shows up in his route-running, which is among the best in the cycle. Also has verified top-end speed with an electronically-timed sub-4.5 40-yard dash.
Also flashed high end ball skills with the ability to track and high-point both as a receiver and cornerback on Friday nights. Could also play defense. Turned in a strong senior season, averaging 109 receiving yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game, while also picking off five passes.
A bit of a late-bloomer physically, having grown an inch in his junior year. Father Eugene Wilson starred at Illinois and won two Super Bowls as a safety for the New England Patriots.”