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Top prospects countdown - No. 2

5/22/2012

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. 2

Derek Tyson's pick: CB Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton)

Hargreaves might be the best athlete in the 2013 class. The Gators have depth at corner, but he is a special player, a true difference-maker. He is the son of USF defensive ends/special teams coach Vernon Hargreaves Jr. The younger Hargreaves has stated in the past that his dad will play a role in his recruitment, but how much of a role remains to be seen.

The Under Armor All-American cornerback has been to Florida numerous times, and the Gators are very much in the hunt for his services. Hargreaves has yet to set an announcement date and will likely take other visits before making a decision.

Jeff Barlis’ pick: OT Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia)

Everyone has Tunsil atop the board for Florida, and for good reason -- he's big, strong, agile, smart and has that left tackle body. When I met him about a year ago at the Tallahassee, Fla., Nike Football Training Camp, he was a 6-foot-5, 265-pound sophomore. He burst onto the recruiting scene by more than holding his own against FSU signee Chris Casher and eventual Gator signee Dante Fowler, two of the best rising senior defensive ends in the nation at the time. Tunsil out-performed some pretty good rising senior offensive tackle prospects, too, and let everyone know he'd be the top tackle in Florida for 2013. Now, at 6-6, 295, he's the top tackle in the nation.

Again, it's for good reason. He's a legitimate five-star prospect who shows tremendous potential as a pass-blocker. I just have him at No. 2 on my list because of need (see my No. 1 pick). Florida got the nation's No. 1 left tackle for 2012 in D.J. Humphries, and he may not even start as a true freshman despite being a similar talent as Tunsil. How might the depth chart affect Tunsil's decision? Would he play right tackle for a year or two? The Gators would love to find out.

Readers’ pick: DE Demarcus Walker (Lake City, Fla./Columbia)

chris smith 24 - Never can have enough big, physical quick d-lineman in the SEC, and he has all the tools to play outside or inside. This is a must-get for me for UF, especially with him being right up the road and good friends with Ahmad Fulwood and Nick Washington.

dukeoden - Just a beast and is very nasty. Just what we need on the d-line.

kendallland1 - D-line has to get better, and UF needs to lock down the Jacksonville area.

RussianTurtles - Even a bigger position where you need depth, and he is one of the best DL.

DK_Thompson - Walker has great size and strength at his age. He needs some technical improvement, but could be a top-flight DE in the collegiate level.

scooterp518663 - Would bring much-added strength to the DL, which is needed to compete against the SEC West.

secrocks2000 - Is a versatile player along the defensive line that could give Will Muschamp and Dan Quinn options with his ability to play end or tackle. Plus, he is already friends with Fulwood, Washington and Daniel McMillian.