Top prospects countdown - No. 5


There are six or seven spots left in Florida's 2013 class and a few needs to fill. Some of the top prospects in the nation are considering the Gators, and it would be difficult to turn them away. So GatorNation is ranking the top 12 uncommitted prospects for Florida this week, two-a-day. We’ll also add comments by some of our Insider subscribers from The Chompions Club premium message board.

No. 5

Derek Tyson's pick: LB Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing)

The former Ohio State linebacker commit has ties to Florida, and the Gators are near the top of his list. In addition to Florida, Anzalone also favors Stanford, USC, Penn State and Notre Dame.

The No. 5 outside linebacker in the country has visited Florida twice and will likely take an official visit in the fall. Anzalone said he is unsure of when he will make a decision, but the Gators will most likely be in the hunt until the end.

Jeff Barlis’ pick: S Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood)

Florida may regret not gently pushing McQuay for a commitment a couple of months ago, as he is only getting more popular and doesn't lack for suitors. Michigan has joined Florida, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame and Southern Cal among McQuay's favorites. The reasons for his popularity are many and obvious -- he's a fantastic prospect. A free safety blessed with a long frame (6-foot-2, 183 pounds) and even longer arms, McQuay has enough range and athleticism to realistically have a shot at playing some cornerback at the next level.

With starting free safety Matt Elam eager to join brother Abram in the NFL, Florida could use another high-end prospect at safety. The position is coached by Will Muschamp, a former safety at Georgia, and he takes a special interest in recruiting many top prospects. Florida already has four-star safety Keanu Neal on board and four-star Nick Washington could play anywhere in the defensive backfield. Next to McQuay might be exactly what UF fans are hoping for.

Readers’ pick: LB Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing)

dukeoden - Kind of wondered if he could cut the cheese in the SEC. Then I really watched the tape and saw he is a tackling machine and is very athletic.

DK_Thompson - A UF legacy, Anzalone has a ton of upside, as he is tall, but very athletic. Great ball coverage ability and the ability to close in for the tackle.

secrocks2000 - LB is the position with the least amount of depth on the defense, and Anzalone would fit in well with the other LB recruits in this class. Big and athletic and moves well for a LB, he would be able to see the field early along with the other LB recruits if he chooses UF.

scooterp518663 - Nice LB class already, and I thought the same thing dukeoden mentioned. He had Graham Stewart written all over him -- tall, slender, plays in the northeast. No thanks. Then I saw his tape -- very impressive. Athletic and all over the place. Good motor.

chris smith 24 - Very big, fast tackling machine at LB. However UF already has a lot of good prospects committed at LB, so I feel there are bigger needs on the DL, OL and WR.

RussianTurtles - Nice, tall backer. And I think we are in good shape for him now after the OSU thing.

kendallland1 - Big, athletic linebacker.