GatorNation signing day blog

February, 1, 2012
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Welcome to GatorNation's live coverage of national signing day for the Florida Gators. We'll be with you throughout the day and night, providing GatorNation up-to-the-minute news and analysis. Stay tuned ...

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2:08 p.m.: Four-star offensive tackle Avery Young picks Auburn over Florida, his final two schools. Florida was involved in four live announcements on ESPNU, but didn't land Young, WR Nelson Agholor, CB Tracy Howard or LB Josh Harvey-Clemons. -- Derek Tyson


1:46 p.m.: Here's our Insider scouting report on surprise wide receiver commit Raphael Andrades. He's listed at 6-foot, 196 pounds, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.73 and is noted by ESPN scouts as having good hands. ESPNU ranks him the 152nd best receiver in the nation and the 199th best prospect in the state of Florida. Just a couple of weeks ago, Andrades said he was down to Arkansas, Kentucky, Vanderbilt or Notre Dame. -- Jeff Barlis


1:10 p.m.: Florida has received a letter of intent from Jafar Mann, a 6-foot-3, 279-pound defensive tackle from Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson. He is the last of UF's committed players to return their letter of intent. The Gators now have 23 players signed, which includes the six who enrolled early. UF is awaiting an announcement from four-star offensive lineman Avery Young at 2 p.m. -- Michael DiRocco


12:40 p.m.: Florida has received a letter of intent from four-star running back Matt Jones of Seffner, Fla./Armwood. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Jones -- ESPNU's No. 11 running back and No. 31 player in the state -- likely will enter fall practice as the starter. -- Michael DiRocco



12:16 p.m.: Four-star wide receiver Nelson Agholor picks Southern Cal over Florida, FSU, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. -- Corey Long



12:06 p.m.: Three-star linebacker Schyler Miles picks Kansas, as expected. He considered offers from Florida and West Virginia. -- Derek Tyson


11:45 a.m.: Four-star defensive lineman Leonard Williams, ranked the No. 50 player in the nation by ESPNU, picks USC over Florida. -- Jeff Barlis


10:29 a.m.: Three-star offensive tackle Jake Meador picks Wisconsin over Florida and Missouri. -- Jeff Barlis


10:25 a.m.: Longtime FSU commit Dante Fowler flips to arch-rival Florida to play the hybrid DE/LB buck position. -- Derek Tyson


10:09 a.m.: Florida has received LOIs from quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg and defensive lineman Quinteze Williams. -- Derek Tyson


9:55 a.m.: Gators official website confirms a signed LOI from wide receiver Raphael Andrades of Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln. He's 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. -- Jeff Barlis


9:52 a.m.: Four-star cornerback Tracy Howard selects Miami over Florida and Florida State. Another head-to-head loss for the Gators. -- Jeff Barlis



9:33 a.m.: Three-star defensive tackle Jafar Mann has sent in his LOI to Florida.. -- Derek Tyson


9:19 a.m.: Josh Harvey-Clemmons picks Georgia over Florida and Florida State on ESPNU. -- Kipp Adams


8:59 a.m.: According to Largo, Fla./Pinellas Park coach Ken Crawford, four-star linebacker Jeremi Powell has signed and faxed in his LOI to Florida. -- Michael DiRocco


8:32 a.m.: Florida has received a letter of intent from Austin Hardin, ESPNU's No. 1-rated place-kicker. -- Derek Tyson


8:11 a.m.: Four-star defensive back Brian Poole has signed his LOI with the Gators. Poole also received a LOI form from Notre Dame but stuck with the Gators in the end.. -- Derek Tyson


7:54 a.m.: Four-star tight end Colin Thompson has sent in his LOI to Florida. -- Derek Tyson


7:45 a.m.: Four-star defensive tackle Dante Phillips has sent in his LOI. Phillips at one point thought of taking a visit to Miami and USF, but stuck with the Gators in the end. His signing ceremony will be tonight at 6 p.m., ET. -- Derek Tyson


7:35 a.m.: Four-star Marcus Maye has faxed in his letter of intent. Maye is ranked the No. 149 player in the country by the ESPNU 150. -- Derek Tyson


7:20 a.m.: Florida has received its first letters of intent from four-star tight end Kent Taylor, three-star linebacker Bryan Cox Jr., and four-star defensive end Alex McCalister. Taylor, who at one point was wavering on his decision, now makes it official. Cox and McCalister committed to Florida less than two weeks ago.


Three-star Bryan Cox, Jr., is a 6-foot-2, 230 pound linebacker from Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas. He announced his signing on Twitter. He's a player the Gators are going to look at for the buck position, which is a defensive end/linebacker hybrid that is currently being manned by Ronald Powell. Cox, the son of former NFL linebacker Bryan Cox, committed to Florida on Jan. 12. ESPNU ranks Cox the No. 83 player in Florida. -- Michael DiRocco

Four-star Kent Taylor is a 6-5, 224-pound tight end from Land O’Lakes, Fla./Land O’Lakes. He is ESPNU’s No. 4 tight end and the No. 26 player in the state. He is one of two tight ends that had committed to Florida. -- Michael DiRocco

Four-star Alex McCalister is a 6-6, 220-pound defensive end from Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth. He is ESPNU’s No. 14 player in North Carolina and the No. 32 defensive end. McCalister is one of four players that Florida linebackers coach/special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin recruited from North Carolina. -- Michael DiRocco

Four-star offensive tackle Dante Phillips of Venice, Fla./Venice (6-5, 270 pounds) is ranked the No. 12 offensive tackle and the No. 22 player in the state by ESPNU. He’s also No. 110 in the ESPNU 150. He is one of three offensive linemen to sign with Florida. The first two -- five-star tackle D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) and four-star guard Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, Fla./Boynton Beach) -- have enrolled early.

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