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GatorNation recruiting mailbag

8/5/2012
Darius Hamilton is ranked No. 66 overall in the ESPNU 150. William Wilkerson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer the questions you want to know. Because of the amount of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today, but we encourage you to ask your questions on our Insider fan forum, "The Chompions Club."

@TWelte15 - So after losing Jordan Jenkins, where are we with Darius Hamilton?

A: Hamilton and Jenkins are being recruited for two separate positions, so the loss of Jenkins to UGA shouldn’t affect Hamilton in one way or another. Hamilton wants to play defensive tackle, but at 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, it’s likely he will start off as a strong side defensive end and eventually move to tackle. That he is bringing his mom for an unofficial visit to Florida is big news for the Gators. He recently visited Gainesville and the fact his family is paying for another visit should tell you just how interested he is in the Gators.

BMURPHY95 - How would you define our buck board? (i.e. do we take anyone else at this position, if so, who?)

A: The loss of Jordan Jenkins to Georgia was significant, but Florida is still in on a few top players. Josh Harvey-Clemons (6-5/210) might be the biggest defensive player left on the board. The ultra-talented outside linebacker could play at number of positions, but with his size he seems like a perfect fit for the buck position. The battle for Harvey-Clemons will come down to the wire with Florida and Georgia. The Gators are also getting a visit from Alex McCalister (6-7/215) this weekend. McCalister, a four-star defensive end, is under weight right now but has a ton of upside. He is expected to announce his decision on Tuesday and the Gators have a great shot. FSU commit Dante Fowler is also a target for the buck position. He says he remains firm to FSU, but he continues to mention Florida and will visit the Gators on Jan. 20. Fowler could be one to watch down the wire.

Alvarez16 - Every fan/analyst has a different opinion of who is the biggest, most important recruit remaining on the board. From your knowledge, who is Coach Muschamp and the Florida coaching staff recruiting the hardest? Who seems like their top priorities?

A: Heading down the home stretch a case could be made for Tracy Howard, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Darius Hamilton on defense. But I’m going to say Nelson Agholor and Stefon Diggs are the two biggest recruits left on Florida’s board. The Gators really struggled with their vertical passing game this past season, and Diggs and Agholor are talented enough to see the field early and often. The Gators have fallen slightly with Diggs, but he still lists Florida in his top five. Agholor still doesn’t say much about his recruiting, but he continues to have Florida near the top of his list. I believe the Gators will land at least one if not both players in the end.

@ColtPride75 - Will the UF staff convince Mike Davis to re-commit?

A: No, that ship has sailed. Florida has stopped pursuing Davis. Unfortunately for the Gators, there aren’t a ton of backs in this year’s class. UF will return Mike Gillislee and Mack Brown and will be bringing in true freshman Matt Jones. With the versatility of Trey Burton and Hunter Joyer, I think Florida will choose not to take another back this year and instead load up next year when the state of Florida is brimming with top backs.

ChrisCanadaO - Two players that have already committed to other schools, Dante Fowler (FSU) and Courtney Gardner (Arkansas), are still planning to visit Gainesville in two weeks. Is there ANY chance that we sway either off their commit?

A: With the lack of depth at the buck and wide receiver positions, it is possible that one or both could switch their commitments. I’m not predicting it happens, I’m just saying it’s possible. Fowler has told me numerous times that he’s 100 percent committed to FSU. Gardner likes the wide-open scheme that Bobby Petrino runs at Arkansas. With both players visiting late in the process and Florida’s needs at their respective positions, I think at least one of these guys could flip.