Gators' QB recruiting taking shape


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With pieces of the quarterback puzzle falling into (or out of) place, the Gators are starting to get a clear picture of which signal-caller they would like to sign in their 2013 recruiting class.

Within a matter of days, Florida's top quarterback targets -- Cooper Bateman (Salt Lake City, Utah/Cottonwood), Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage) and Kevin Olsen (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) -- committed to Alabama, Oklahoma and Miami, respectively.

So where do the Gators turn now? Florida has offered several quarterbacks recently, including Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne), Ryan Buchanan (Jackson, Miss./Jackson Prep) and Tim Boyle (Middletown, Conn./Xavier).

Buchanan, who is likely Florida's top remaining quarterback prospect, was visited by Florida coaches Aubrey Hill and Brent Pease over the last two weeks. Buchanan says he liked what he heard from Hill and Pease.

"It was great, loved talking to Coach Pease and Coach Hill," Buchanan said. "They were impressed with everything they saw when I threw. I mean they were just trying to get me to be a Gator. I'm coming to Gainesville on the 8th and 9th of June to visit."

Florida has also recently shown interest in Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park). The Gators have not offered Woulard, but the talented-yet-raw quarterback holds offers from USF, UCF, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, and could add a Florida offer at some point.

The Gators will enter fall with four quarterbacks on the roster. Sophomores Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel are fighting for the starting job, while redshirt sophomore Tyler Murphy should remain the third quarterback in the fall. Incoming freshman Skyler Mornhinweg will likely redshirt.

If one of the backups were to transfer, Florida could face a lack of depth at the position. Florida is not in desperate need to sign a quarterback in the 2013 class, but having depth at such an important position will be key for the future.