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Recruiting mailbag: Remaining UF targets

9/5/2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer your questions. 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 post your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club.

rmoreiro: How many more recruits do we take, and can you list the positions?

A: This can be a tricky question because a lot will depend on attrition. Also, if Florida is able to land a transfer such as former Nebraska offensive lineman Tyler Moore, that would affect the final number Florida would take in its 2013 recruiting class. Obviously, with the decommitments of Rod Johnson (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) and Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King), the Gators would like to sign at least one more offensive lineman. Florida would also like a linebacker, Marcell Harris at safety and a defensive tackle. If there ends up being room, the Gators would also like to add a tight end. I specify Harris at safety because if the Gators miss on him, I don't believe they will take another safety.

secrocks2000: How would you rank Moore, Laremy Tunsil, and Trenton Brown based on skill set and most ready to play now? All three come from different situations (Nebraska, juco, and high school), so who do you think would have the biggest impact if he committed to UF?

A: This is a good question. As far as skill set, I would have to say Tunsil has the biggest upside of the three. As far as who would contribute sooner if he was to sign with Florida, I would have to say Moore, the former Nebraska lineman. Moore has played at a high level at a big-time program and is physically ready to contribute right away. Brown is massive and reminds me a lot of former Florida tackle Max Starks. With his size and age, Brown, like Moore, could also contribute early on if he were to sign with the Gators.

@AirRailey: We done at WR or do we still go after LT [Laquon Treadwell]? Gators now have four WR commits.

A: With the four wide receiver commits -- Ahmad Fulwood, Marqui Hawkins, Chris Thompson and Alvin Bailey -- the Gators have certainly met their needs at the position. That said, Treadwell is too talented to pass up. As long as he is interested in Florida, they should continue to recruit him. He's worth it. Treadwell and Tunsil are plus-one types for the Gators. Meaning, no matter who you have committed, you would take those guys and figure out how to fit them in.

will01811: Honestly I think we end up getting Jalen Ramsey and Brown to switch, then add Marcell Harris ... how about you, Derek?

A: Florida is definitely in the picture for Brown and Ramsey, a four-star cornerback who is committed to the USC Trojans. Brown enjoyed his official visit to Florida and is reconsidering his commitment to Georgia. The Gators are right at the top of his list, but Brown will still take an official visit to Georgia. Ramsey is a high school teammate of Florida quarterback commit Max Staver. Ramsey will officially visit Florida for the Kentucky game on Sept. 22 and will be accompanied by Staver. Harris is fresh off his Texas visit, and by all accounts he really enjoyed his time in Austin. I still feel the Gators will be the team to beat for Harris, but it is a lot closer than some people think. In the end, I think Florida could end up with two of the three prospects, but I think signing all three is unlikely.