GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It's no secret that Florida has fallen short of what it wanted to accomplish for the 2012 class on offense. But landing four-star wide receiver Stefon Diggs on Friday would instantly provide a home run threat that has been lacking.
Just a few short months ago it looked like the Gators were in a prime position to land a few very skilled offensive playmakers. Then out of nowhere running back Mike Davis decommitted from the Gators and Charlie Weis up and left for Kansas.
The Gators, who appeared to be in the lead for Diggs and Nelson Agholor for months, had to play catch up at the offensive skill positions.
Florida was not able to find another running back to complement Matt Jones, and Agholor chose USC over the Gators on signing day.
This leaves Florida with two wide receivers -- Latroy Pittman and Raphael Andrades. Head coach Will Muschamp said the Florida coaches have not yet decided if Pittman will play receiver or safety. Andrades was a late addition to the class, and though he is not much of a big-play threat, he is a solid receiver.
Kent Taylor, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound tight end, will need to gain weight before he can contribute as an in-line blocker in the SEC. However, with his size and skill set, he could be used as a wide receiver early on his career.
Another tight end, Colin Thompson, should see the field early on in his career because of his blocking ability, but with Taylor, A.C. Leonard and Jordan Reed on the roster, don't expect Thompson to haul in 30 catches his first year.
If Florida were to land Diggs on Friday night, would he be the answer to all the Gators' issues on offense? Clearly that answer is no. But as talented as he is, what Diggs can provide is a potential No. 1 receiver.
Florida has not had that since Riley Cooper left for the pros. Diggs has the speed, hands and confidence to be an impact wideout on the next level.
Whether it's Florida, Maryland, Ohio State or Auburn, whoever gets Diggs will be getting a difference-maker.