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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
GatorNation: Recruiting mailbag

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip into 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.

dabramowitz5: What are the needs moving forward, and are we in for any surprises?

Marcell Harris
ESPN 150 safety Marcell Harris is set to announce his college choice on Thursday.
A: Florida has met many needs in this recruiting cycle, but with roughly five or so spots remaining there are a few areas they'd still like to address. The Gators have four wide receivers but would probably like to add one more. UF needs a tight end, but with no obvious options available, they may have to wait until next year. The Gators do have three offensive line commits including former Nebraska OT Tyler Moore, but would like to at least add one more if not two. Trenton Brown is the most likely candidate with Laremy Tunsil still hanging around as well. Defensively, Florida would like to add safety Marcell Harris, who will announce his decision on Thursday. They'd also like to add another linebacker. With former Auburn LB commit Trey Johnson decommitting on Tuesday, Florida could certainly turn up the heat on him.

angel51293: Who does Marcell Harris choose Thursday?

A: Harris has narrowed his choices to Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas. Most people believed this was a Texas-Florida battle with the Gators being the favorite. I'd have to agree with that. With his close relationship with Florida head coach Will Muschamp and Muschamp being the safeties coach for the Gators, it gives Florida an advantage over some of the other teams he is considering. In my opinion Harris will chose Florida on Thursday.

moorelinemen: Just want to start by saying it feels good to be a Gator and I love how the Boom-haters have gone away, hahaha ... which WRs do you see coming in to this class?

A: The Gators have four wide receiver commits in Alvin Bailey, Marqui Hawkins, Ahmad Fulwood and Chris Thompson. Bailey is a quick, slot receiver, Hawkins is more of a physial receiver, Fulwood is a tall target who can stretch the field, and Thompson is a speedster who can get vertical in a hurry. With the lack of production from the Florida wideouts his season, the Gators would like to add one more pass-catcher to the class. James Clark, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver from New Smyrna Beach (Fla.), has started receiving interest from the Gators. Look for a few other names to pop up in the near future.

RafHabirdmann: Is James Hearns going to end up Gator?

A: In my opinion, yes. Hearns says he will take visits to Ohio State, Florida State and Lousville, but with Florida's lack of depth at middle linebacker, he is a top priority for the Gators. I've always said if a player visits a school, anything is possible and that is still the case. But from having spoken with Hearns many times, I believe he will stick with the Gators on signing day.

kylexcited: So excited that Caleb Brantley is "1000%" committed. Do we know the story of why he was banned from FSU and why his offer was rescinded?

A: Brantley, who has been committed to Florida since Jan. 28, decided to visit FSU for the Florida game decked out in Florida gear. The big defensive tackle was also seen cheering for the Gators during the game. Obviously, that didn't sit too well with the Florida State staff and therefore he is not allowed to visit FSU again this year. I can't really blame FSU for making those decisions. I'm sure many other schools would have done the same. In any case, this is big news for the Gators. With Florida probably losing junior Sharrif Floyd to the NFL draft and Omar Hunter graduating, there are some depth concerns at defensive tackle for Florida next season. Brantley and junior college transfer Darious Cummings are almost certain to see early playing time.