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GatorNation recruiting mailbag

8/5/2012
DE Robert Nkemdiche is one of the most coveted prospects in the nation for 2013. Miller Safrit/ESPN.com

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer the questions you want to know. Because of the amount of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today, but we encourage you to ask your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions' Club.

DK_Thompson - What is the staff's strategy for recruiting WR and O-line?

A: The wide receiver and the offensive line positions are huge areas of need for the Gators in this recruiting cycle. Florida has one verbal commitment at the receiver position (Rodney Adams) and none on the offensive line. With Florida likely taking three to four receivers in this class and the state of Florida loaded with quality receivers, the Gators can afford to be selective. Ahmad Fulwood, Stacy Coley, Francis Owusu, Marquez North and maybe a select others are some of the few receivers Florida would take right now. Otherwise, they will likely wait to see some prospects in camp before making a final decision in who they want to target and in what order.

As for the offensive line, the Gators are handing out offers left and right to the top offensive line prospects in the country. Expect this to continue. The Gators have a big need and are expected to take five or six linemen in this class. It's hard to say who will pull the trigger first, but Florida will surely address this position. Like the receiver position, Florida will also bring in some linemen to camp. The offensive line picture should start to clear up during the summer months.

kendallland1 - Are the Gators still looking to take a third RB in this class now that they have moved Chris Johnson, a sophomore, to RB?

A: Yes, the Gators are still looking to land another running back. However don't expect another power back. Florida is targeting some speedy backs who could contribute in the passing game as well as the run game. Keep an eye on guys like Ryan Green or Josh Mercer. Both guys are very fast and could be used in a lot of different ways.

Joakim4Prez9713 - Whats the story behind Fulwood not making it in to visit this past weekend? Is he expected at the spring game or any time in the near future?

A: What I heard from someone close to Fulwood is that he has decided to take a break from college coaches and reporters for a little while. For how long? No one really knows. Fulwood is a quiet guy who doesn't really like all of the attention. Florida is very much in the picture for the talented receiver from Jacksonville, though, and it looks like it could be a Florida-Clemson battle.

secrocks2000 - How many defensive line players does Will Muschamp want in this class? He keeps preaching that the SEC is a line-of-scrimmage league.

A: Florida really loaded up on the defensive line last year, and there are limited scholarships available for defensive players this year. The Gators will go hard after guys like Montravius Adams, Demarcus Walker, Elijah Daniel, Joey Bosa, and a few other top prospects, but they will likely only take two to four players along the defensive line this year.

nlecakes - What's your take on Mackensie Alexander? Does UF have a legitimate shot here, or will he end up wherever his brother goes? He really seems to like playing "the game."

A: Without question Florida has a legitimate shot with Alexander. He and Vernon Hargreaves III are probably the top corner prospects on Florida's board. Alexander is in no rush to make a decision, and his brother could influence his decision. If no brother were involved, I think he would end up a Gator. That being said, how much influence his brother will have remains to be seen.

@simplygators - Why didn't we recruit Robert Nkemdiche a lot more aggressively?

A: Florida tried very hard to get in on Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 player. You can't win them all, but I know UF made every effort to get in on Nkemdiche. In fact just a short time ago, he tweeted that Florida was in his top six. That has since changed, and it looks like he will make a decision after spring practices.