Gators add TE Moral Stephens to 2014 class

By Adam Silverstein
December 12, 2013

On the same day the Florida Gators saw a highly-rated tight end transfer out of the program, the team added a commitment from one in the 2014 class as four star Moral Stephens (Perry, FL) announced his intent to play for the University of Florida.

“I just committed to the university of Florida #GatorNation” he wrote early Thursday afternoon via his Twitter account.

Stephens (6-foot-3, 205-pounds) is ranked No. 191 overall by Rivals and No. 206 by ESPN, which also rates him as a four-star prospect.

His offer sheet was expansive including interest from Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina and others.

Though listed as a wide receiver, Stephens is expected to be a hybrid tight end in college, making him the third player at the position to join the Gators this cycle.

Florida also has pledges two other tight ends – four-star DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, KS) and C’yontai Lewis (Tuscaloosa, AL). Stephens is the fifth overall pass catcher on the Gators’ commitment list, which also includes two four-star wide receivers in Ermon Lane (Homestead, FL) and Ryan Sousa (Orlando, FL).


  1. DGBKGATOR says:

    Don’t know much about the kid looks like he can ball though. Just find it funny four players are announced to leave tons of comments and “we are doomed.” Two commits from four star prospects silence smh,

    • cline says:

      still stand by my comment earlier. smh @ nothing.

      • DGBKGATOR says:

        And you should stick by them. I might agree with you when reports say kelvin, fowler, VHIII, bullard and others like that are transferring. Right now I don’t see sad days just one horrid seaso. To think we were probably one jordan reed hop skip and a fumble in the georgia game last yr from the sec championship gives me hope. Things change around in the SEC quick i.e auburn mizzou at the top lsu texas a&m uga in the middle uf at the bottom this yr.. We did not wake up and become Kentucky, UF still has the talent and resources to compete in this league.

        • cline says:

          Just hate to see people leaving in masses regardless of who is coming in. I will be anxiously awaiting next season and still be coming to the games regardless of the weather. Go Gators

        • gatorboi352 says:

          “Right now I don’t see sad days just one horrid seaso.”

          Uh where have you been the past 3 years? TWO horrid seasons and a mircle shot in the dark season sandwiched in between for good measure. You know, that season that saw us almost lose to ULL in the Swamp?

          Name one single aspect of this program that has improved since 2010. I’ll wait.

  2. Joe says:

    You have the right to speak your mind like anyone else but some of you are broken records. Swallow it already, Muschamp is here and will be here for next year. We get it you don’t like him. Great. Can you make some other points?

  3. obgator says:

    I just hope we put him to good use. Somehow I doubt that Kent Taylor went from a top prospect to completely unusable as a TE without any fault of the coaches/scheme. The lack of player development and offensive creativity basically had us playing without the threat of a pass catching TE and really hurt us in the passing game.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      hard to believe we were 4 deep at TE this year. They were completely invisible. Don’t know what they would have had to promise these TE to come here because if you look at tape you would say “How do they use a TE?” They caught almost no passes, if any this year and anytime they tried to get extra blocking they went with the “Heavy” package brining in an extra O-lineman

      • SWFL Joe says:

        And the addition of Lewis, Goosby and Stephens makes 7. What type of spread offense needs 7 TE’s?

  4. Gatoralum88 says:

    A 205 pound TE that ESPN doesn’t even rate in its top 200? Really??? The “moral” of this story is he’ll likely end up transferring leaving like Taylor.

    • Joe says:

      Did you watch his film? The kid plays like he’s an NFL receiver, I think your wrong about this one. He’s a wolf hiding in sheep’s clothing at 191/206. TE is a label, you can put this type of receiver on the edge and trust him to make a big catch. We haven’t had a receiver like that in a long time. He also made an interception playing safety and returned the ball 65+ yards outrunning the defense for the score. 4.85 is his 40 but he sure seems to play faster. I want kids that can ball like Jarrad Davis, forget rankings.

      • Scott Maddox says:

        Moral runs a 4.49/4.53 I coached him and clocked him athleticly his jr./sr. seasons he was a 30 point a game basketball player that can dunk on you.he is a redzone threat because he can go up and get the ball.and he is 6ft.4 235lbs. as well by the way.I think he will do fine.

  5. Basshole says:

    Welcome to Gator Nation, Moral. He definitely should have a chance to contribute early.

  6. 386 Gator Fan says:

    Why would you critique a kid that WANTS to be a Gator? This kid is from the area and UF is his dream school. Moral welcome to the Gator family. May much success be in your future on and off the field. Great 2 be a Gator, not some of the time, all of the time.

  7. David says:

    Why move this kid to TE? If he has the speed and the hands why not keep him at WR and give Driskel/Grier a big target to throw to down the field?

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