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Saturday, May 4, 2013
GatorNation week in review

By michaeldirocco

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- We are firmly into the college football offseason, but there's still plenty of Gators news ....

Florida nearly tied the school record for most players drafted in a seven-round format. The Gators had eight players selected -- including DTSharrif Floyd (Minnesota) and S Matt Elam (Baltimore) in the first round -- in last weekend's NFL draft. Miami selected three former Gators: LB Jelani Jenkins, RB Mike Gillislee and K Caleb Sturgis. You can find GatorNation's breakdown of UF's draftees here.

Having eight players drafted is more than a confirmation of last season's 11-2 record. It's also a big recruiting tool, and UF coach Will  Muschamp hopes to use it to his advantage.

One more draft story. How about an early look at UF's potential 2014 draft class? The Gators could potentially have three first-round picks if several players leave school early.

If Ronald Powell returns from his torn ACL completely healthy, the Gators could have their best pass rush since 2009 in 2013.

SEC blogger Edward Aschoff interviews Gators left guard Max Garcia, who sat out last season after transferring from Maryland.

Aschoff also writes about the SEC's continuing debate about a nine-game conference schedule. Commissioner Mike Slive says the impending playoff impacts how the league thinks about scheduling.

Which teams are best positioned to challenge Alabama in the SEC? UF made the list.

ESPN college football insider Travis Haney lists freshman RB Kelvin Taylor as one of his potential break-out players in 2013.

In non-football news ...

The basketball team seems to have a bit of a pipeline into New Jersey. Rutgers guard Eli Carter announced he was transferring to UF. Carter left Rutgers after the firing of coach Mike Rice and plans to ask the NCAA for a waiver so he can be eligible to play in 2013-14. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

The following day, freshman PG Braxton Ogbueze opted to leave the program.

The UF baseball team had won 12 of its last 13 games heading into Thursday's game against LSU and the hot streak had the Gators mentioned as one of the country's deep sleepers for a run to the College World Series.

On the recruiting trail ...

GatorNation's Derek Tyson answered your questions in his weekly recruiting mailbag. The Gators might not have as many commitments now as they did at this time last year but that's nothing to worry about, he writes.

Tom Luginbill, ESPN's senior national recruiting analyst, provides a breakdown of what some of the top teams in the country have done this spring in recruiting.

ESPN 150 athlete Bo Scarbrough talks about a visit he got from Florida running backs coach Brian White.