Thursday, February 7, 2013
Florida: 2014 prospects to watch
By Michael DiRocco
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With signing day 2013 having wrapped up, it's time to turn our attention to 2014 recruits. Here are five players Florida will be targeting for next year's class:
WR Ryeshene Bronson (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar) The 6-foot-3, 183-pound Bronson committed to Florida on June 14 but has taken at least one other visit to Florida State. One of the reasons the Gators like him so much is his size. UF coach Will Muschamp wants big, physical receivers. The days of signing 5-9, 160-pound receivers are over. If you’re big, physical and tough, you’ll fit right in. Bronson does.
RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine) The 6-1 Fournette is a bruising 232 pounds and is the perfect fit for Florida’s pro-style offense. ESPN’s scouting report touts Fournette’s ability to make people miss and his physical running style and says that he may be the class’ most impressive runner. Muschamp offered him early but will have to battle LSU, Alabama and Notre Dame, among others, to sign Fournette.
2014 quarterback Will Grier has already committed to Florida.
QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day) The 6-3, 185-pound Grier burst onto the national scene by throwing for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns in a state playoff game last year. He’s a dual-threat quarterback who committed to Florida on Dec. 19 and is regarded as the player who will eventually become the starter when Jeff Driskel leaves. Now the challenge becomes keeping him committed for another year.
DE Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) The 6-4, 245-pound Hand wreaks havoc as a pass-rusher, and ESPN’s scouting report puts him close to the same level that Jadeveon Clowney and Robert Nkemdiche were entering their senior seasons of high school. That’s some pretty high praise considering both were ESPN’s No. 1 overall player.
LB Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) ESPN’s scouting report says McMillan (6-2, 234) is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker who fills the hole well and is an effective blitzer. The Gators seem to be stocking up on linebackers who can run and play both inside and outside, and McMillan, regarded as one of the top players in the country in 2014, fits that description.