Tuesday, June 18, 2013
ESPN 300 targets: Florida
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With 10 verbal commits including six in the ESPN 300, the Gators already have a top ten recruiting class. But the Gators have a serious chance to add several more players from the ESPN 300. Here's a look at 10 ESPN 300 prospects who are most likely to sign with Florida
Why they want him: The Gators have been the team to beat for some time with Harris. He was close to committing to the Gators until an offer from Ohio State made him delay his decision. Florida still appears to be the leader and Harris said he would like to make a decision before his senior season starts.
Who else wants him: Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State,Ohio State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, and others
Odds they get him: High
2. OT David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence Christian) 6-6, 288 pounds ESPN 300 ranking: 14
Why they want him: Though Sharpe hasn't named any leaders publicly, the Gators appear to be in good position for the talented offensive lineman. Sharpe made an unscheduled visit to UF for their camp last week and has visited Florida on a few different occasions. Georgia and Florida State are also in consideration but at this point the Gators are the team to beat.
Who else wants him: Alabama, Arizona State, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, South Carolina.
Why they want him: It would take a lot for the Gators to pull Jackson out of California, but the five-star prospect wants to run track in college and the Gators just won the men's outdoor track and field national championships. As with Tabor, the Gators will have a need at cornerback and Jackson is Florida's top target. Jackson's teammate Dwight Williams also has serious interest in the Gators.
Why they want him: Tabor has a top five of Florida, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Alabama and Florida State, so the Gators have plenty of competition. Florida could lose Marcus Roberson and Louchiez Purifoy to the NFL after this season so Tabor would have a chance to compete for a starting position early on in his career.
Who else wants him: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and others
Why they want him: Adams visited UF for camp and was blown away by his visit. It will be hard for the Gators to pull Adams out of Texas, but Muschamp has extensive experience in the state and knows how to coach safeties.
6. WR Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) 6-1, 186 pounds ESPN 300 ranking: 81
Why they want him: Rudolph listed the Gators as his leader at one point, but has since backed off as he is drawing interest in other schools such as Auburn, Miami and Clemson. He has visited Florida on several occasions and the Gators, with no proven wide receivers, have a good shot at landing the talented prospect.
Who else wants him: Auburn, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Florida State, Georgia, Lousiville, Marshall, Miami (Fla.), Oregon, Tennessee, Wake Forest, West Virginia
Why they want him: Dixon is still open and is still heavily considering Miami, but he grew up a Florida fan and has visited Florida on numerous occasions. It's a close call at this point, but the Gators still have a good chance to land the athletic pass catcher. Florida State is also in contention.
Who else wants him: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, NC State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Florida, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and others.
Odds they get him: Medium
8. DB Quincy Wilson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Universit School) 6-1, 197 pounds ESPN 300 ranking: 197
Why they want him: At 6-foot-1, 197-pounds, a lot of schools are recruiting Wilson as a safety. Florida, however, likes bigger cornerbacks (see Purifoy and Roberson) and feels WIlson would fit nicely on its defense. Wilson has the Gators among his top schools but will likely wait to make a decision. Wilson wants to play corner on the next level and the Gators will have a need at the position when he gets on campus.
Who else wants him: Auburn, Cincinnati, clemson, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, NC State, South Florida, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and others.
Odds they get him: Medium
9. WR Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) 5-11, 177 pounds ESPN 300 ranking: 89
Why they want him: Scott has performed well at several camps and combines over the spring and summer and has become one of the top receiving target's in a talent-filled state. Scott hasn't named favorites but Michigan appears to be a team he has serious interest in. Scott visited UF for the spring game and has said that the Gators are near the top of his list as is FSU. With Proximity to the Florida campus could play a factor in the end.
Who else wants him: Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, South Florida, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and others.
Odds they get him: Low
10. DE Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) 6-4, 245 pounds ESPN 300 ranking: 4
Why they want him: Hand, despite never visiting Florida, named the Gators in his top three along with Alabama and Michigan. Hand has a good relationship with Florida defensive line coach Brad Lawing and he claims he will take an official visit to Florida. If so, that would certainly help Florida's chances. At this point, however, Michigan appears to be the team to beat for the No. 4-ranked prospect in the country.
Who else wants him: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Nebraska, NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC, Virginia Tech, and others.