Thursday, January 31, 2013
GatorNation: Chomp Confidential
By Derek Tyson
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:
" Latest on Kennard Swanson
" How many more can Florida take?
" Thursday's in-home visits
Check out the weekly Chomp Confidential.
Swanson to juco
With Kennard Swanson almost certainly headed to juco, Florida will need a fullback in the 2014 class.
When fullback Kennard Swanson (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson) decommitted from LSU in November, the only thing stopping him from committing to Florida was his academics. As of Wednesday, it became official that Swanson has not made up enough ground to qualify and will enroll at junior college. Look for Florida to pursue Swanson in two years if his academics are in order by then. With fullback Hunter Joyer heading in to his junior year, the Gators will almost certainly sign a fullback in the 2014 class.
The Florida coaches were supposed to do their in-home visit with defensive end Tashawn Bower (Somerville, N.J./Immaculatta) on Wednesday, but because of bad weather, they were forced to reschedule. They will try again on Thursday, but also scheduled to get an in-home visit Thursday is four-star defensive back Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) and his teammate and Florida quarterback commit Max Staver. The other schools in contention for Ramsey, FSU and USC, have already made their in-home visits, so the Gators will get the last crack at the talented corner.
How many will Florida wind up with?
One question I get asked all the time is how many prospects will Florida take. The Gators currently stand at 26 verbal commitments and could take as many as 33. I just don't see any way Florida lands an addition seven players. In my opinion I think the Gators would like to take four more players to end up with 30 in the class. This will also allow Florida to take a few more players next year, where they don't have as many available scholarships.