GatorNation recruiting mailbag

June, 28, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPN's GatorNation took questions on Twitter for this week's recruiting mailbag. Because of the amount of questions we 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."

kendallland1 and DK_Thompson: Any sleepers or guys who aren't household names out there we should know about since UF is down to only about five to seven more recruits (barring attrition)?

A: Hard to really call him a sleeper at this point but Gainesville (Fla.) High School wide receiver Chris Thompson performed well at Florida's camp recently and the Gators are seriously considering offering him. If Florida were to miss out on other prospects such as Demarcus Robinson, Florida could certainly end up using that scholarship on a guy like Thompson. Four-star tight end Desean Smith isn't really a sleeper, but you don't hear his name come up much when Florida's class is mentioned. Smith has legitimate interest in the Gators, however, and there is a real possibility he could visit Gainesville in the next few weeks. Also, defensive end Eric Mayes (Sarasota, Fla./Booker) is a prospect on whom Florida is keeping close tabs. If Demarcus Walker falls through, the Gators could look to Mayes to fill their strong-side defensive end hole.

@GatorzFan4life: How would you evaluate the job Will Muschamp has done as a recruiter so far?

A: In my opinion, Muschamp has done a phenomenal job. He's relentless as a recruiter and expects the same from his coaching staff. Having the No. 2-ranked class in the country right now didn't happen because of good luck. Not only has Florida landed a class full of four-star recruits, Muschamp has landed highly regarded players at positions of need. If recruiting translates to success on the field, then Florida will be in good shape over the next several years.

kendallland1: Is Stacy Coley completely out of the picture? Or will he be a last-minute addition and hope he gets his grades in order?

A: No, I wouldn't say the Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast wide receiver is completely out of the picture for the Gators. He has some work to do in the classroom, and Florida is keeping close tabs on the talented receiver. If he's able to get his academics in order, the Gators could certainly make a push for him. However, receiver is such an important position for Florida this year, the Gators cannot afford to miss out on other receivers because they're waiting for Coley.

@SeanCareyLove: Hey Derek, since we only have a few recruiting spots left, who are your top 5 players we need the most ideally?

A: The one player Florida needs the most is Lake City (Fla.) Columbia offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil. He is an elite left tackle who lives right down the road from Gainesville. The other four spots could be interchangeable, but Vernon Hargreaves III, Mackensie Alexander, Walker, Marcell Harris, Ebenezer Ogundeko, Alex Anzalone and Jordan Sherit are important prospects Florida is going after.

@tshoemaker2423: Do you think Demarcus Walker will choose UF over Bama!?

A: It's too close to call right now. Alabama had been sliding a little before his trip to Tuscaloosa last weekend. The Tide are now right back in it and could possibly be considered the favorite. Walker, however, will visit Florida on Friday with his high school coach. So the Gators will have another shot to impress the talented defensive end. Don't count out Auburn, either. Walker enjoyed his visit to the plains, and the Tigers are still very much in the picture.

scooterp518663: DT, are we holding off on any OL commits because we're holding one open for Tunsil? Would we take another on the OL while Tunsil has that top 3 carrot dangling out there?

A: Florida is certainly being cautious with any other linemen. With three offensive linemen -- Cam Dillard, Rod Johnson and Josh Outlaw -- already committed, the Gators can afford to be selective on others. Joe Fennell (Ft. Myers, Fla./South Ft. Myers) is one to watch, but in my opinion the Gators will wait until they have a better idea of where Tunsil is leaning before making a move.

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