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Top prospects countdown - No. 4

5/24/2012

There are six or seven spots left in Florida's 2013 class and a few needs to fill. Some of the top prospects in the nation are considering the Gators, and it would be difficult to turn them away. So GatorNation is ranking the top 12 uncommitted prospects for Florida this week, two-a-day. We’ll also add comments by some of our Insider subscribers from The Chompions Club premium message board.

No. 4

Derek Tyson's pick: DE Demarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./ Sandalwood)

Walker originally was planning to make his decision on May 24, but decided to reconsider after talking it over with his family. This could actually be good news for Florida. The 6-foot-4, 276-pound defensive end, appeared to be favoring Alabama before deciding to delay his decision.

The Under Armor All-American says he will likely take some other visits before making a decision in August. Florida likes the size and versatility of Walker. With his physical presence, he could play strong-side defensive end in a 3-4 defense, or slide down to a defensive tackle in the more traditional 4-3 defense. Walker might be the top defensive lineman left on Florida's board.

Jeff Barlis’ pick: LB Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing)

This would strictly be a luxury item for Florida, as the Gators have already gotten commitments from four four-star linebacker in this class. But when Anzalone decommitted from Ohio State, it put UF back in the thick of the race -- on that might go down to signing day. If it does, and Anzalone wants to pull the trigger for Florida, I believe Will Muschamp will find room for the son of a UF medical school graduate. But Anzalone offers much more than just that previous connection to the school. He's a do-it-all outside linebacker with great size (6-3, 231), range, athletic ability and instincts. In other words, the kind of player teams find room for. Another reason Anzalone would fit well in UF's already crowded linebacker class is that he, like several of the others, can play multiple positions. In Muschamp's grand scheme of things -- being able to switch often and effectively between 4-3 and 3-4 formations -- having that many linebackers might turn out to be more of a need than a luxury after all.

Readers’ pick: CB Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton)

RussianTurtles - Even though we may have depth at CB, he is just an amazing athlete and is too good to go to USF with his dad.

dukeoden - Big-time playmaker and plays with good footwork and technique. Very impressive.

secrocks2000 - One of the best there is and would fit well with the secondary pieces in this class already. The secondary is stacked already, and VH3 would put it over the top.

scooterp518663 - Best CB in the country. Great hips, good recovery. Would put him higher if we were hurting in the secondary, but we're not.

DK_Thompson - The top cornerback in the 2013 class. Hargreaves will be an outstanding FBS football player. I believe he will join his father (who is a coach) at USF next season, which is why he is lower on my list (No. 8). But he is better than Tracy Howard, who was the top cornerback recruit in 2012.

kendallland1 - Great player, but UF has a lot of corner depth already, so due to need he is down on my list (No. 11).

chris smith 24 - Very talented, just don't have a feeling he will end up at UF, and I don't think CB is a huge need for UF because they have Tre' Bell. I also think Nick Washington could easily play CB if needed.