Thursday, January 17, 2013
Five early impact recruits for UF
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators have the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, and several of Florida's 27 verbal commitments could make an instant impact next year. Here's a closer look at five who could potentially make the most impact in their first year at Florida.
1. Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) -- The nation's No. 1 cornerback displayed just how talented he is in the Under Armour All-America Game. Hargreaves took home the MVP award after his dominating performance, which included shutting down Laquon Treadwell, the nation's No. 1 receiver, and picking off Michigan commit Shane Morris. Florida does have returning corners Jaylen Watkins, Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson, but Hargreaves is too talented to keep off the field. He has the ability to make an impact as a true freshman, similar to what Joe Haden and Janoris Jenkins did in their first years at Florida.
2. Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach Co.) -- Robinson is the only one of Florida's five wide receiver commits to enroll early. Leading wide receiver Quinton Dunbar, who is returning, totaled just 383 receiving yards in 2012. Behind Dunbar, Andre Debose totaled a whopping three receptions for 15 yards. If Robinson can learn the offense this spring he will have every opportunity to earn a starting position as a true freshman.
3. Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glades, Fla./Glades Day) -- The five-star back is also already in classes at UF and will participate in spring practices. At 5-foot-11 and 216 pounds, Taylor is already big enough to compete in the rugged SEC. Returning running back Matt Jones made big strides in his freshman year and will likely begin next season as a starter, but Taylor will certainly get his touches and could be a big part of the offense by the end of his first year.
4. Daniel McMillian (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) -- The No. 3 outside linebacker will also compete in spring practices. After Florida lost Jon Bostic to graduation and Jelani Jenkins to the NFL draft, the Gators are in serious need of depth at the position. With McMillian's size (6-2, 220) and athleticism, he is certainly capable of making an impact early in his career. Expect McMillian to push rising junior Neiron Ball for playing time.
5. Darious "Bear" Cummings (Titusville, Fla./East Mississippi CC) -- The Gators lost Omar Hunter to graduation and Sharrif Floyd to the NFL draft. Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn likes to use a six-man rotation among his defensive tackles. Cummings, a junior college transfer, is big and physical enough to earn a spot in Florida's rotation. He will likely join tackles Leon Orr, Dominique Easley, Damien Jacobs and incoming freshman Caleb Brantley in the defensive line rotation.