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Where UF recruiting stands on offense

1/24/2012
Davide De Pas

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The countdown is on until national signing day. With just over a week left until the big day, Florida's recruiting board is taking its final shape. Here is a position-by-position look at where the Gators currently stand:

QUARTERBACK

Commits: none

Prospects: Skyler Mornhinweg, Paxton Lynch and Jacob Guy

Outlook: Mornhinweg, a Penn State commit, took his official visit to Florida this past weekend and by all accounts enjoyed the trip. He will visit Virginia Tech this weekend before making a final decision on signing day. Florida would like to have an answer on Mornhinweg by Wednesday night or else they could turn their attention to Lynch, who is scheduled to visit Florida this weekend.

RUNNING BACK

Commits: Matt Jones

Prospects: none

Outlook: Barring a significant change, the Gators are not likely to sign another running back in this recruiting class. Mike Davis decommitted from Florida too late in the process for the Gators to recruit any of the other top backs. Next year's class is loaded with running backs, and Florida got off to a good start when it landed talented prospect Adam Lane over the weekend.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Commits: D.J. Humphries and Jessamen Dunker

Prospects: Avery Young and Jake Meador

Outlook: The good news for the Gators is that Humphries and Dunker are already enrolled, so the Gators can focus all of their attention on Young and Meador. Young visited Miami this past weekend and now has a top four of Florida, Auburn, Georgia and Miami. His recruitment will come down to the wire, and the Gators are putting on the full-court press. Meador, a former Ole Miss commit, just added a Wisconsin offer. The Badgers now join Missouri and Florida as his top three schools. Meader will make a final decision on signing day.

TIGHT END

Commits: Colin Thompson and Kent Taylor

Prospects: none

Outlook: Florida landed two of the top tight ends in the country. Thompson will contribute as a run blocker right away, while Taylor is expected to play a role in the passing game early in his career.

WIDE RECEIVER

Commits: Latroy Pittman

Prospects: Nelson Agholor, Stefon Diggs and Ja'Quay Williams

Outlook: Pittman has already enrolled at Florida. Williams appears very unlikely to sign at this point, which leaves Diggs and Agholor. Diggs will visit Ohio State this weekend and may take another official visit before making his announcement on Feb. 10. Diggs enjoyed his official visit to Florida this past weekend and received an in-home or in-school visit from Florida, Ohio State and Auburn on Tuesday. The Gators have positioned themselves nicely to land the talented wideout. Agholor is the mystery of the 2012 class. He doesn't enjoy doing interviews, so where he ends up is anyone's guess. Florida and USC appear to be the frontrunners. Agholor will make his decision on signing day.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Commits: Austin Hardin

Prospects: none

Outlook: The Gators landed one of the top kickers in the country in Hardin. With the back problems that Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis has experienced in his career, Hardin is expected to win the kickoff job early in his career.