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State of Florida loaded with 2013 receivers

2/9/2012
Taj Williams is the next big-time WR to come through Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln HS. Corey Long

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With a talented group of receivers hailing from the state of Florida, the Gators should be able to sign their fair share of top playmakers in 2013.

Florida was only able to sign two wide receivers -- Latroy Pittman and Raphael Andrades -- from the state of Florida for the 2012 recruiting class. Pittman is a four-star prospect, and the three-star Andrades was a late addition to the class when Nelson Agholor chose USC over Florida.

Moving forward to the 2013 class, the Gators would like to land four top receivers. The list is led by five-star prospects Stacy Coley, Jordan Cunningham and Ahmad Fulwood from ESPNU's early top 100. Here's a look at some of the top wideouts in the state:

Stacy Coley (Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast)

Coley is a very smooth receiver with great speed. He is planning to attend Florida's junior day on Feb. 18. Coley holds offers from Florida and FSU and several other schools in the southeast. The Gators are near the top of his early list.

Jordan Cunningham (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School)

Cunningham holds offers from Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Georgia among many others. He is also expected to attend Florida's junior day. Cunningham claims no early leaders.

Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny)

Losing Charlie Weis to Kansas set Florida back for Fulwood. The Gators aren't currently listed in his top five, but they aren't out of it yet. Clemson has made a strong impression on Fulwood early in the process. Fulwood is not expected to attend Florida's junior day.

Taj Williams (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln)

At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, the ESPNU 150 Watch List player has excellent size for the position. Though he is listed at 180 pounds, he's more likely closer to 165. Williams will need to add bulk before contributing on the next level. Even though USC just offered, the Gators appear to be the team to beat. His teammate at Lincoln, Andrades, just signed with the Gators. Williams is expected to be at Florida's junior day.

Rodney Adams (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood)

The versatile receiver was a true playmaker for his high school team. According to Adams, he totaled 25 receptions for over 800 yards as a junior. His high school teammate, Dante Fowler Jr., flipped from Florida State to Florida on signing day. The Gators could be the team to beat for Adams, and he will attend Florida's junior day.

Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln)

Davis holds offers from Florida and Notre Dame. He and his Lincoln WR teammate Williams will attend Florida's junior day. Like Williams, the Gators appear to be the team to beat for Davis.

Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood)

Bailey played quarterback and receiver for Armwood and was the biggest offensive threat on a team that finished the year ranked as the No. 2 in the country, according to ESPNHS. Bailey has not received a Florida offer yet, but the Gators are showing interest. Bailey will be in attendance for junior day.

Richard Benjamin (Tampa, Fla./Middleton)

Benjamin doesn't have great top-end speed, but he possesses solid hands and is difficult to bring down. He holds offers from USC, Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame and Auburn. Benjamin is the cousin of 2013 five-star safety prospect Leon McQuay III.

ESPN.com recruiting reporter Derek Tyson can be reached by email at DerekTysonESPN@gmail.com or you can follow him on Twitter at DerekTysonESPN.