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Friday, February 22, 2013
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.

FLAGTR239: With Jon Harrison graduating after this upcoming season, who are the Gators going after for the center position? Or will Cam Dillard be moving that way?

Cameron Dillard
Class of 2013 center Cameron Dillard will likely redshirt this fall at UF.
A: It's pretty rare nowadays for colleges to recruit a true center from high school. Most the time, a college will recruit someone who plays guard or tackle in high school and eventually move him to center. Florida will likely do this with one of the current guards on the roster, but they also signed Dillard with the intention of him playing center. At 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, Dillard is the perfect size for a center. He will likely redshirt but would then have a chance to work his way on the field as a redshirt freshman. The Gators are also targeting OL Garrett Brumfield (Baton Rouge, La./University Labaratory School) to be a center for the 2014 class.

Scot5013: Is offensive line the biggest need for 2014, if not what is?

A: Florida has needs in a few different areas, and the offensive line is certainly one of them. The Gators will lose Jon Halapio, Kyle Koehne and Harrison next year, and Max Garcia, Ian Silberman and Chaz Green will be seniors. Florida got off to a great start with the addition of Travaris Dorsey (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines) and Benjamin Knox (DeLand, Fla./DeLand) on junior day and is still looking at several top linemen including Brumfield, Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic), Reilly Gibbons (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Pete Catholic), K.C. McDermott (Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach Central) and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy OT Denzel Ward.

Titans0713: With the Gators lacking a significant inside linebacker in this year's class and hot on the trail for 2014, do you think they will try to beef up [Antonio] Morrison for the spot this year or will Michael Taylor try and fill the role? What about incoming freshman [Daniel] McMillian, any chance he gets moved inside?

A: I think there's a good chance you will see Morrison and Taylor play in the middle this year. Alex Anzalone and Matt Rolin have the size and physical ability to eventually move inside. In fact, Rolin told me during the Under Armour All-America game practices that Florida was planning to eventually move him inside. I don't believe McMillian will get moved inside. With his athletic ability, Florida will want to uitilize his speed on the outside. Look for the Gators to target a few top middle linebackers this year such as Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty Co.), Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) and Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South), whom Florida just offered earlier this week.

20ericmasters10: How firm would you say our current commitments are? Is [Will] Grier solid enough that we won't recruit another QB?

A: In my opinion, all six of Florida's 2014 commits are pretty solid. Wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson (Ft. Myers, Fla./Dunbar) has talked about taking other visits, but the feeling I get is that he's still pretty solid to Florida as of right now. Grier seems very firm in his commitment to Florida. He has already taken on the role of recruiting other prospects via Twitter to join him at Florida. Florida is not actively recruiting another QB, but I would not be surprised to see Florida go after another juco QB late in the process just to add some depth.

Chancez321: Da'Shawn Hand, do we really have a shot?

A: A few months ago I would have said no chance, but by adding defensive line coach Brad Lawing, the Gators moved right in to Hand's top five. There is still a long way to go, but if Florida can eventually get a visit from Hand, anything is possible.