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Thursday, April 4, 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.

dukeoden: With the change in the spring game format, will kids be less likely to commit since it won't we be a real spring game?

A: In my opinion it won't change anything. Let's be honest, recruits don't come to the spring game to watch an exiciting game or a game-like atmosphere. PGA events are louder than typical spring games. But what they do get is a chance to see the team play in The Swamp in front of a crowd and several other recruits in attendance. The game itself has little to do with the overall experience a recruit will have.

anoblejax: How many recruits do you see Florida taking in 2014? I know it's really early, but what would your guess be for the ideal positional breakdown of recruits for 2014?

A: As we all know by now a lot will depend on the amount of attrition Florida has following next season. I was told at this point last year that UF would only take 22 players in the 2013 class, and that number swelled to 30 when the class was completed. This year, I expect Florida to take in the 18-23 player range, and that could play out several different ways. As of now, I believe Florida will take one quarterback, two running backs, 2-3 wide receivers, 1-2 tight ends, one fullback, 4-5 offensive linemen, 2-3 defensive ends, 2-3 defensive tackles, 3-4 linebackers, 2-3 corners, 1-2 safeties. Florida could end up taking four defensive ends and one defensive tackle if they believe there is potential for a future position switch, and this can be said about several positions.

kendallland1: How did Dalvin Cook's visit go? What's the likelihood we flip him from Clemson?

A: Cook's visit to Florida last week went very well. The ESPN Watch List running back is still committed to Clemson, but the Gators have certainly made up ground. Cook apparently hit it off with the current running backs on Florida's roster. Miami is also in the picture, too, and USC is trying to get Cook and teammate Joseph Yearby to visit during the season. His recruitment is far from over, but the Gators have positioned themselves nicely.

sadevon: Do you know of any programs that recruit internationally -- looking for raw physical talent? Surprised that up-and-coming programs don't try to do this to get ahold of talent that they can't compete for generally. There are particular sports that would probably lend themselves to this. Aussie rules and rugby union and rugby league come to mind.

A: Off the top of my head ... no, I don't. But I don't believe it's too far off. Recruiting budgets are extremely high right now just recruiting in the U.S., but looking abroad would take it to another level. When Bjoern Werner came over to the United States from Germany and had a lot of success at Florida State, I believe it forced some schools to at least start researching the possibility of looking at European rugby teams and club football leagues. With so much talent in Florida and recruiting windows so tight, however, I just don't think you will see Will Muschamp hopping on a plane for Germany any time soon unless there is a sure-thing five-star prospect who wants to play for Florida.