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Gators give out flurry of new offers

2/15/2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Fresh off their No. 4-ranked 2012 recruiting class, the Gators have wasted no time in offering some of the top players for the 2013 class.

The Florida coaching staff has handed out multiple offers recently, and more players are expected to be offered at junior day this upcoming weekend. Here's a look at some of the most recent offers from UF.

Richmond (Va.) Fork Union Military Academy quarterback Christian Hackenberg has seen his stock rise recently. In addition to offers from Miami, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee, Hackenberg also added an offer from the Gators last week.

"It's a great opportunity to play for coach [Brent] Pease," he said. "And I feel like I fit what they want the quarterback to do in their system."

Hackenberg said he hasn't been to Gainesville but would be excited to play in the SEC.

"They have dominated college football lately," he said. "It would be an honor to play with the best."

After signing only two offensive linemen in the 2012 class, Florida has made the line a priority for 2013. Guard/center prospects Josh Cardiello and Brandon Kublanow have both picked up Florida offers in the last two weeks. Also, last week offensive lineman John Montelus (Everett, Mass./Everett) got an offer from Florida as well.

Defensive ends Stacy Thomas and Isaac Rochell received Florida offers. Thomas is planning to visit Florida this weekend for junior day. He will also visit Florida State next weekend for its junior day.

Florida is trying to continue its pipeline in to Pennsylvania going as the Gators offered outside linebacker prospect Alex Anzalone from Exeter (Pa.).

Florida signed, Kent Taylor and Colin Thompson, two of the top four tight ends in the country for the 2012 recruiting class. Clearly the tight end position will be an integral part of the Florida offense, as the Gators have also offered 2013 five-star tight end Adam Breneman and tight ends Marcus Baugh and Standish Dobard.

UF has already offered safeties Leon McQuay III, Marcell Harris and Nick Washington, but the Gators extended another offer to Bushnell (Fla.) South Sumter safety Keanu Neal and athlete Leroy Clark from Archbishop Carrol in Miami. Clark totaled 13 interceptions as a junior. Harris, Washington and Neal are expected to be in attendance at Florida's junior day.

The Gators moved to the top of corner prospect Tre Bell's list when Florida offered him on Monday. Bell says he's been a big Gator fan for years.

"I’ve been following them for a long time," he said. "That was a big offer. That was one I was excited about.

“I was a Florida basketball and football fan before they won the two national champions in football and basketball. I loved everything about Florida, the Gator chomp and everything.”

Wide receiver prospect Tramel Terry reported a Florida offer on his Facebook page on Tuesday when he posted, "Blessed picked up another offer from the University of Florida today #UF."

Here is an unofficial list of Florida offers to date.

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