GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators wanted to land two top running backs in the 2012 recruiting cycle, and it appeared Florida had their guys with Matt Jones (6-foot-3/215 pounds, Seffner, Fla./Armwood) and Mike Davis (5-10/195, Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson). But with Davis decommitting from Florida this past week, the Gators may not end up with two backs in this class.
UF may have to look forward to the 2013 class to add depth and talent at the position. Luckily for the Gators, the state of Florida is absolutely loaded with running backs in 2013. Here’s a closer look at some of the top backs for next year:
• Adam Lane (5-7/206, Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven HS)
Lane missed his junior year because of a broken fibula he suffered in preseason practices. Lane, however, impressed the Florida coaches enough at camp over the summer to earn a scholarship offer. Don’t let his height fool you, at 5-7 and 206 pounds, he is built in the mold of Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew
• Greg Bryant (5-10/195, Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage)
Bryant says he rushed for over 2,228 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior. He has garnered offers from Florida, FSU, Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Oklahoma among many others. Bryant has had the Gators near the top of his list from the beginning.
• Kelvin Taylor (5-11/205, Belle Glades, Fla./Glades Day)
The Gator legacy broke Emmit Smith’s all-time rushing record for the state of Florida this year and still has another year to go. Taylor already holds offers from Florida and Alabama. It’s not a lock he goes to Florida, though. Taylor has real interest in the Tide.
• Tarean Folston (5-9/190, Cocoa, Fla.)
Though Folston is an excellent back, he could also play safety on the next level. In addition to his Florida offer, Folston has offers from Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Boston College and Vanderbilt.
• Derrick Henry (6-3/231, Yulee, Fla./Yulee HS -- Georgia commit)
Henry surprised many by committing to Georgia over the summer. Henry grew up a Florida fan, so his commitment to the Bulldogs shocked Gator fans. UF is still pursuing Henry though, and he has not completely shut Florida out. With his unique size and ability, Henry could also play other positions at the next level.
• Ryan Green (5-10/195, St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Pete Catholic)
The speedy running back said he runs the 40 yard dash in the low 4.3 range. Green has offers from FSU, Florida and Notre Dame and should see his offer list increase.