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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Gators jump to No. 1 in class rankings

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- There were some big changes for Florida commits in the final edition of the ESPN 300. The Gators landed 15 players on the list, including 10 in the ESPN 150. With their success on the recruiting front, the Gators moved back into first place in the ESPN class rankings.

Headlining the list for Florida commits is five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. Hargreaves stands firm as the No. 3 overall player in the country after his MVP performance at the Under Armour All-America Game.

Vernon Hargreaves
CB Vernon Hargreaves III is a strong reason Florida's group of commitments leads the nation.
Joining Hargreaves in the top 10 is Kelvin Taylor, one of four newly anointed five-star prospects. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back jumped from the No. 15 spot to the No. 8 spot overall after his impressive performance in the UA Game and throughout the week of practices leading up to the event.

Linebacker Daniel McMillian, who like Taylor is already enrolled in classes at UF, jumped 13 spots from No. 44 to No. 31.

Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, another early enrollee for Florida, made the biggest jump of any of the Florida target or commit. He jumped 104 places from No. 157 to No. 53 and is now the nation's No. 7 receiver, up from No. 14 at his position.

Defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (42), safeties Keanu Neal (65), Marcell Harris (68) and Nick Washington (154), athlete Alvin Bailey (77), linebackers Matt Rolin (80) and James Hearns (278), wide receivers Ahmad Fulwood (111) and Marqui Hawkins (199), running back Adam Lane (175) and quarterback Max Staver (264) round out Florida's commits who rank among the ESPN 300.

And the Gators might not be done. Several of UF's top remaining targets are also on the list.

Defensive end Elijah Daniel jumped 48 spots to No. 34. Daniel will take his official visit to Florida on Feb. 1. Defensive tackle Montravius Adams, who dropped seven spots to No. 14, visited Florida last weekend, and the Gators are among his top schools.

USC commit and Florida defensive back target Jalen Ramsey moved up 34 spots to No. 14. Running back Alex Collins made a big jump, 90 spots to No. 57. Former Florida commit Quinton Powell, who is still considering the Gators, dropped 19 spots to No. 99. Defensive ends Jason Hatcher (No. 187) and Tashawn Bower (No. 132) and defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick (No. 285) are all considering the Gators.