Thursday, December 20, 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.
Scot5013: How seriously is top RB [Alex] Collins considering UF?
A: Very seriously. He had a great visit to Florida over the weekend and the Gators are at or near the top of his list. He still has an official visit to Miami to keep an eye on. Florida is also very tight on scholarships, so to me the question is will Florida have enough room to take three running backs? They would hate to miss out on one of the top running backs in the country, but they still need to add a defensive end, a receiver and possibly a corner. A lot will depend on if there is any more attrition.
dabramowitz5: Where do we look to find that last receiver spot?
A: Florida is not just giving up on Demarcus Robinson, who flipped back to Clemson after officially visiting Florida last weekend. I think James Clark is a serious option right now. At this point I believe Marquez North is a longshot. If I had to chose today, I'd say Clark would be the most likely to wind up in the class.
jlallgier: Let's add a March Madness twist. Last three in (recruits, that is)?
A: I hate doing predictions with a month and a half to go until signing day. With that being said, I believe the remaining class will be filled by two-to-three out of Robinson, Clark, Collins, Elijah Daniel, Tashawn Bower, Quinton Powell and Jalen Ramsey. There is an outside shot at Mackensie Alexander, Shaq Wiggins and Kennard Swanson. Swanson could have issues qualifying; that's why I put him on the outside looking in.
gator2369: The Jarrad Davis commitment was a surprise take. Do the Gators coaches believe they have exhausted other more-highly regarded options at the outside linebacker position?
A: Florida coaches have had their eyes on Davis for quite sometime and love his potential. Florida head coach Will Muschamp has made it clear he couldn't care less about rankings. Linebacker Antonio Morrison was a three-star recruit and played very well for the Gators as a freshman. Once Powell decommitted, it gave Florida the room it needed to add Davis. Yes, Powell could potentially get back in to the class, but Florida won't wait forever. They like Davis and believe he will be a solid player.
anoblejax: I see some programs with already five-to-seven 2014 recruits. Are we behind in 2014 recruiting? What 2014 recruits we are really pursuing?
A: Florida's isn't behind at all. Defensive tackle Travonte Valentine and wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson are both top players at their positions in the state. With the addition of quarterback Will Grier on Wednesday, the Gators are off to a very good start for 2014. Defensive back Duke Dawson will also be making his decision on Jan. 8 between Florida and FSU, and the Gators are his leader. All four players mentioned are on the ESPN Watch List. The Gators are on pace to have another top recruiting class next year.