- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. –- Several future Florida Gators were on display at the Under Amour and Army All-American games this week. A total of nine verbal commits participated in the two games, and with the amount of prospects still on Florida’s recruiting board, that number is sure to grow. Here’s a closer look at the top performers from this week.
Humphries capped off a strong week of practice with a dominant performance in the Army game. He might not show up on the stat sheet, but the left tackle displayed great feet, a good punch and didn’t come close to allowing a sack in the game. Being an early enrollee, Humphries should compete for playing time immediately.
The new Florida defensive end commit showed why he is one of the most sought defenders in the country. Bullard registered a sack, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry in the game. His physical style of play is what Florida has been lacking the last few years at defensive end. Bullard is expected to see action early and often at Florida.
Poole electrified Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Thursday with his 93-yard interception return for a touchdown. Poole also had a solid week of practice in Lake Buena Vista. He is very physical at the line of scrimmage and makes it difficult for receivers to get in to their routes. With his style of play, Poole could compete for early playing time, especially in the nickel defense.
The safety commit seemed like he was all over the field on Thursday night. Playing out of position at linebacker, Maye totaled seven tackles, one fumble recovery and a blocked punt for a safety. Maye’s versatility should allow him to compete on special teams early and eventually work his way in to the secondary rotation.
The 6-foot-5, 220 pound tight end commit moved to wideout this week and didn’t miss a beat. Taylor accounted for three catches for 21 yards, including a great diving catch in the fourth quarter. Taylor won’t be expected to help much in the running game early in his career, but with his size and athleticism he could contribute in the passing game.
Harvey-Clemons might be below ideal weight right now, but it doesn’t show in his game. Harvey-Clemons runs laterally about as well as anyone in the country and is very physical when he tackles.
You may not have heard Howard’s name called much on Saturday, but as a cornerback that’s a good thing. Howard, the No. 1 ranked corner in the country by the ESPNU 150, didn’t have many balls thrown his way, but when he did, he was in position to make the play.
The defensive end/outside linebacker made eight tackles including two sacks on Thursday night. Jenkins, who moved inside to play defensive tackle, showed his speed when he ran down a quarterback near the sideline for his second sack of the game. Jenkins will be making his college decision on Monday night between Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Auburn.