It looks like most of the Lakeland boys will be bolting on the Gators after the Sugar Bowl. That’s the word from Bruce Black, the father of junior strong safety Ahmad Black.
Bruce Black told me Wednesday that it is a 90 percent certainty that his son, strong safety Ahmad Black, is leaving early for the NFL Draft. He said the other top junior players from Lakeland — offensive linemen Maurkice and Mike Pouncey and tailback Chris Rainey — also are planning to leave.
“The Pounceys are definitely going to the NFL,” Bruce Black said. “Chris Rainey says he’s coming out, but I’ve advised him to stay (for his senior season). He’s a little too small right now, but he wants to come out.”
Ahmad Black also is considered small by NFL (and college) standards, but Bruce Black said it may be time for his son to move on. It sounds like this is a decision being made by the senior Black.
“I would let Ahmad stay if they would show him some respect,” Bruce Black said. “I don’t think coach Urban Meyer respects my son. If he did, Ahmad would have started the first game (against Charleston Southern) instead of (sophomore) Will Hill. Coach Meyer favors certain players, and Ahmad isn’t one of them.
“I love the University of Florida and I love going to the games, but I think it’s a matter or respect for my son. It may be time for him to move on.”
Black, Rainey and the Pounceys were four of the seven players from Lakeland who signed with UF in 2007. The other Gatornaughts in the class were defensive tackle John Brown (now at Tennessee), fullback Steve Wilks and wide receiver Paul Wilson (who sustained a career-ending injury in August).