Mailbag: Will Tyrie Cleveland be the next great Gators freshman wide receiver?

Spring practice is over and the countdown to the fall has begun.

Tyrie Cleveland (Photo from 247 Sports)

Tyrie Cleveland (Photo from 247 Sports)

For now, let’s answer some of your questions in this week’s edition of the Gators mailbag.

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Sean: Which Gators signee arriving in the fall has the best chance to contribute this season?

Anthony Chiang: Florida’s 2016 recruiting class is made up of 25 signees, but a school-record 12 players enrolled early. That leaves 13 signees who are enrolling in the summer/fall to choose from. While the early enrollees have a head start on the other newcomers, recruits arriving in the fall still have an opportunity to earn immediate playing time. Just look at what Antonio Callaway did last season as a freshman after missing spring practice. The Gators are in need of more playmakers on offense, so I’ll go with four-star wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland as the freshman arriving in the fall who has the best chance of playing a big role in 2016.

With uncertainty still swirling around the status of the suspended Callaway, there’s a big void at receiver. Even if Callaway returns for the start of the season, he’s the only Gators receiver who has a starting spot nailed down. Florida is still looking for a starting slot guy and a receiver to play on the opposite side of Callaway. At 6-foot-3, Cleveland has the build to play on the other side of Callaway this season if he can pick up the playbook quickly. Cleveland’s main competition will be junior C.J. Worton (6-0), senior Ahmad Fulwood (6-4), and freshman early enrollees Josh Hammond (6-1) and Freddie Swain (6-0).

Travis: Who’s got the better shot at the backup quarterback spot — Appleby or Trask?

Anthony Chiang: So we’re already ruling freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks out of the race, huh? Probably fair since many expect him to redshirt this season. That leaves graduate transfer Austin Appleby and early enrollee freshman Kyle Trask competing for the backup quarterback spot considering Luke Del Rio opens the season as the starter as expected. Although Trask impressed and exceeded expectations this spring, Appleby’s experience gives him the edge. It’s not often a team has the luxury to have a backup quarterback who has already played in 17 games as a Big 10 quarterback like Appleby did before transferring in from Purdue. That’s a pretty good fall back guy.

Marcos: What is going on with Antonio Callaway? We need him.

Anthony Chiang: Yep, the Gators do need him. Wide receiver Antonio Callaway is the best offensive weapon Florida has on its roster. But nothing has changed with Callaway or quarterback Treon Harris, as they’re still suspended and a timeline has not been given for their return. Before speaking to the Broward County Gator Club last week, coach Jim McElwain confirmed that Callaway and Harris are still suspended.

Why is Callaway suspended? A press release issued by Gainesville attorney Huntley Johnson, who is representing Callaway but not Harris, stated that Callaway was suspended on Jan. 27 for a violation of the Student Conduct Code for an incident that “supposedly” occurred in early December 2015. Those are all the details we have at this point.

So the wait for a new development continues …