Friday, October 12, 2012
Chomp Confidential: UF recruiting
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- GatorNation brings you the latest installment of Chomp Confidential, a look inside Florida football recruiting for GatorNation subscribers only. As with anything exclusive, what's reported in the weekly Chomp Confidential must stay here. A few things discussed in this week's update:
- New interest in RB
- What the LSU victory meant
- Going after committed players
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Gators looking at Alex Collins
Florida visited ESPN 300 running back Alex Collins on Thursday. The Gators have two four-star running back commits including Kelvin Taylor, the No. 1-ranked running back in the country, and Adam Lane an ESPN 300 member. So why show interest in Miami running back commit? For one, Collins is a do-it-all type of back and should help whatever team he signs with early on in his career. The interest in Collins is no knock on either Florida commit, as both players are extremely talented. The Gators, however, feel like Collins is talented enough to at least gauge his interest in the program. I don't believe it will affect either Florida commit for now.
How big was the LSU game for recruiting?
There might not have been any commits coming out of Florida's big 14-6 victory over LSU this past weekend, but believe me it was a very big weekend for the future of Florida recruiting. The Gators already hold the No. 3-ranked class in the country and have put themselves in great position with players such as four-star safety Marcell Harris, Notre Dame commit Alex Anzalone, and numerous 2014 prospects. Florida was thought to be trailing significantly for five-star tackle Laremy Tunsil, but with a dominating performance by the offensive line, the Gators appear to be right back in the mix. Michigan offensive guard commit David Dawson watched the game on television and said he was impressed with how Florida played on Saturday.
"They were completely dominant on the line of scrimmage!" Dawson said in a text after the game. "I LOVE THAT ABOUT A TEAM. Really like what coach Muschamp is doing with the Gators."
Florida also made an impression on top 2014 quarterback Will Grier. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound signal-caller from Davidson (N.C.) Day School, hasn't named a leader, but the Gators are near the top of his list.
Committed players looking at Florida
The Gators only have a few spots remaining in their 2013 class. There are several players committed to other schools who are showing interest in Florida. Lets take a look at which way each player is trending after this past weekend.
OL Ira Denson (Madison, Fla./Madison Co.), FSU commit -- Unofficially visited Florida for LSU game and will officially visit UF for South Carolina game. Trending: Up
OL David Dawson (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech), Michigan commit -- Said he was impressed with Florida's win over LSU. Could potentially still visit Florida. Trending: Up
LB Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing), Notre Dame commit -- Unofficially visited the Gators fo the LSU game and could return for official visit after the season. Trending: Up
CB Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood), USC commit -- Officially visited for Kentucky. Teammate of Florida quarterback commit Max Staver. Trending: Even
WR DeMarcus Robinson (Ft. Valley, Ga./Peach Co.), Clemson commit -- Was planning to visit for LSU game, but decided not to attend. Trending: Down
DE Elijah Daniel (Avon, Ind./Avon), Clemson commit -- Wants to visit Florida but has grade issues. If he gets on campus, could switch to Florida. Trending: Even
DE DeMarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), Alabama commit -- Said at his Under Armour jersey presentation on Wednesday that he would likely visit UF for South Carolina game. Trending: Down