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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- At GatorNation, our kitchen sink runneth over. Maybe it's clogged. Regardless, here are enough links to keep you busy all weekend.
LaRue Cook poured over ESPNU 150 recruiting data for the past five seasons and identified the nation's best programs at landing blue-chip recruits from outside their home states, with Auburn, Stanford, Clemson, Alabama and Cal taking the top five spots. Florida fans won't want to miss the map linked in the first paragraph of the story.
There have been plenty of excuses made in recent years for struggles at Miami (Fla.) and Florida State, but as Football Outsiders' Brian Fremeau finds, talent shouldn’t be the main one.
Podcast: Outside the Lines
Skip past the Prince Fielder talk (if you're not a Tigers fan) to the 16:20 mark and you can listen to Bob Ley's piece and a discussion of college football recruiting's confidential side, based on an upcoming article in ESPN The Magazine.
Bristol's own, tight end Aaron Hernandez, talks about how he got to Florida and how he got to the NFL.
Our writers compile our weekly Top 25. Florida remains at No. 11.
Andy Katz's take on Mississippi State at Florida: The Bulldogs have the size, length and depth inside to cause major issues for the Gators. But Florida's guards are playing at a high clip. The Gators' defense was much better in the second half at Ole Miss in the comeback win. It will need to be on for 40 minutes to beat back the Bulldogs. Mississippi State won at Vanderbilt. A win at Florida and the Bulldogs will be a serious threat to challenge Kentucky. Florida needs to win to stay in step.
Jason King says Florida-MSU is the top matchup of the weekend and could go a long way to determining the SEC's second-best team. He gives Florida the edge in the backcourt and MSU a heavy advantage in the frontcourt. Look for his analysis at the 1:37 mark of the video. King also has a Q&A with Mississippi State’s Dee Bost.
ESPN Stats & Information has key matchups and and game plans for the best matchups of the weekend, including UF-MSU.
Doug Gottlieb breaks down six freshman he sees as ready to take their game to another level in the second half of the season. Florida's Bradley Beal isn't on that list but is worthy of mention as one of Doug's top five freshmen in the country.
Florida has one commit in the class of 2013 -- point guard Kasey Hill, who checks in at No. 19. The Gators are on the top schools lists of several other prospects, including No. 2 C Nerlens Noel, No. 7 SF Troy Williams, No. 8 PF Chris Walker, No. 16 C BeeJay Anya, No. 25 PF Johnathan Williams, No. 33 C Kennedy Meeks and No. 34 C Moses Kingsley. Florida has also expressed some interest in No. 22 Solomon Poole, a Jacksonville guard whose father, Stacey, starred for the Gators in the early 90s. Our recruiting guru, Dave Telep, weighs in on the two contenders for the top spot in the class (Insider), Jabari Parker and Noel, the big Florida target.
Florida has made offers to two in our top 25 -- the top shooting guard in the class, Wayne Selden, who is 6-foot-5, 200 pounds and is ranked No. 6 overall; and the No. 3 small forward, Justise Winslow, who is 6-6 and 195 pounds and is ranked No. 15 overall. Keep in mind these are sophomores in high school.
Florida's top 2012 target PF Anthony Bennett makes the cut as one of the best high school players in the nation.
In the second installment of our Recruit X blog, Recruit X talks about the time a coach offered him money to commit to a school during a recruiting phone call.
McShay examines the four elite prospects who separated from the pack during Senior Bowl week, and looks at where they might fit in the NFL. North Alabama (formerly Florida) CB Janoris Jenkins could be a fit for the Cowboys, Steelers or Patriots.
A quick update on Florida running back Chris Rainey.
Florida commit Lance McCullers Jr. makes our list of the top 10 right-handed pitchers in the high school class of 2012. Last season, McCullers struck out 79 batters in 52 innings and hit .422 with seven homers and 24 RBIs. He projects more as a pitcher at the next level because of his power arm -- he's hit 100 mph on the radar gun. With MLB scouts taking notes, what are the chances he ever wears a Gator uniform?
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ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com combined on a project in which 20 Pro Football Hall of Famers and ESPN’s John Clayton, a Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, put together a list of 20 current NFL players who they think could play in any era of the NFL. The committee picked Denver quarterback No. 19 on the list.
ESPN and The Poynter Institute have partnered for the Poynter Review Project, offering independent examination and analysis of ESPN's media outlets.
Denver Post: Broncos expected to go all in with Tebow at QB
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San Francisco Examiner: Cal hires former Gator star Wes Chandler as WR coach
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