Florida Gators: 2014 prospect

2014 QB Wade Freebeck has Gators on top 

September, 2, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Quarterback Wade Freebeck, a 2014 prospect, picked up his first and only offer, from Florida, after camping with the Gators this summer. The 6-foot-3, 168-pound signal-caller from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Western returned Saturday to watch the Gators take on Bowling Green.

Freebeck said he is impressed with what Florida has to offer.

"I loved it," Freebeck said. "They treat me right, I liked the experience in general. The atmosphere is unmatched wherever you go. The overall experience was great, though."

2014 DE Bryson Allen-Williams visits UF 

September, 2, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With early offers from Penn State, South Carolina, N.C. State and Florida, 2014 defensive line prospect Bryson Allen-Williams (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) is sure to be one of the top defensive ends in the southeast next year.

The 6-foot-3, 233-pound athlete visited Florida for their home game against Bowling Green on Saturday and came away impressed with what he saw from the Gators.

"I loved it," Allen-Williams said. "Great atmosphere, great fan base and the defense played very well. Just overall it was a great visit."

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2014 DB Brown high on the Gators 

September, 1, 2012
CITRA, Fla. -- Cornerback Dominique Brown (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic) will be one of the top defensive back prospects in the state of Florida next season.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound prospect has already garnered offers from South Carolina and FIU, and the talented athlete thinks some other big offers are on the way.

"Florida State and Florida are about to pull the trigger," Brown said after his team's 27-24 loss to Citra (Fla.) North Marion on Friday night. "USF and Arkansas are also standing out a little bit, too. They are close to offering me as well."

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A running back from the class of 2014 with a very familiar name is sizing up his favorites.

Jonathan Haden (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy), the brother of Cleveland Browns cornerback and former Florida Gators cornerback Joe Haden.

And familiarity is playing a big role for Jonathan.

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LB Camp Watch: Kris Harris awaits offers 

August, 20, 2012
Class of 2014 prospect Kris Harris (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) has been forced to wear many hats thus far in summer training camp for his high school program. The 6-foot, 215-pound junior is cross-training at inside and outside linebacker but will also play some offense.

"I'm also working out at running back," Harris said. "I'll probably be one of our running backs when we're in the red zone or in short yardage."

It's the sort of versatility that has put Harris on the map so early in his career. He has played running back in the past and even got the attention of Alabama head coach Nick Saban when he worked out at Alabama's camp before his freshman season.

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2014 DB Dawson wants home-state stage 

August, 12, 2012
CROSS CITY, Fla. -- For 2014 defensive back Duke Dawson (Cross City, Fla./Dixie County), the dream has always been to play college football at a big-time college program. After earning offers at camp from nearby schools Florida and Florida State, it looks like Dawson will get his chance.

Heading in to his junior year, Dawson is just learning what the recruiting process is all about, but the 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete says he has enjoyed the process so far.

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Derek Tyson/ESPN.com2014 safety Duke Dawson has offers from Florida, Florida State, Iowa and Wisconsin.
"The attention is exciting," Dawson said. "It's always been my dream to play at a big school one day and now it looks like I will have that opportunity. It's been pretty cool."

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2014 RB James has three standing out 

August, 9, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Running back Tony James (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) is sure to be one of the most highly recruited backs to come out of Florida for the 2014 class.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound athlete has already garnered offers from programs such as Florida, Ohio State, Utah and Miami, but a few schools are already standing out to the talented back.

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Derek Tyson/ESPN.comThe Florida Gators have a good shot at keeping 2014 running back Tony James in his hometown.
"Florida is really standing out in my book," James said. "So is Utah and Ohio State."

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With Florida's 2013 class starting to wind down, it's time to start spotlighting the 2014 recruiting class. In this two-part series, GatorNation will give you a list of 14 players, seven on offense and seven on defense to keep an eye on for next year. We'll start on the offensive side of the ball where the Gators have already handed out multiple offers and have one commitment from wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson (Ft. Myers, Fla./Dunbar).

Leonard Fournette, RB, (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine)
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Greg Ostendorf/ESPN.comLeonard Fournette has more than 100 offers, including Alabama, Florida and LSU.
With offers from Florida, Michigan, Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame and Texas, Fournette is already one of the most sought-after running backs in the country for 2014. Fournette was set to visit Florida for Friday Night Lights but his ride fell through. He said he does want to get to Gainesville at some point during the fall. Alabama might be the team to beat early on, but the Gators have certainly caught Fournette's attention.

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2014 OL Garrett Brumfield eyes FSU 

July, 31, 2012
Just a week after hosting hundreds of prospects for football camp, Florida State had a top-flight offensive line recruit come in for his own unofficial visit.

The Seminoles' defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot scouted Garrett Brumfield (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory) during the spring and liked what he saw. Fast-forward a couple of months and Brumfield picked up the phone and planned a trip to Tallahassee.

"I contacted Coach Eliot and I was able to set up an unofficial visit last Friday," explained the 6-foot-3, 254-pound guard. "So we took a trip down to Florida -- it was about seven hours, actually. When I got there, I was able to meet with all the staff, take a tour of all the facilities, we ended up touring the locker room. Got a chance to watch the highlight tape. It was pretty good. Ended up meeting with Coach [Jimbo] Fisher in the end and he offered me in his office."

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2014 QB Greene drawing interest 

July, 30, 2012
GARDENA, Calif. -- Being the league player of the year as a sophomore at the high school level is impressive. Doing so as a quarterback in one of the toughest leagues in Southern California makes it that much more noteworthy.

For 2014 quarterback Jalen Greene (Gardena, Calif./Serra), that honor appears to be the first of many accolades to come.

With early interest from schools like Oregon, Nebraska, Northwestern, UCLA, Arizona State and others, it is obvious he is a special talent.

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Blazevich eats his way to multiple offers

July, 30, 2012
Dave Hooker writes: North Carolina tight end Jeb Blazevich put on nearly 40 pounds by eating five meals a day. While some players eat themselves out of a sport, he ate his way into multiple offers, including Florida.

2014 DB Blanding humble in spotlight 

July, 29, 2012
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Defensive back Quin Blanding (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside) was one of only two 2014 prospects to compete at the Champion Gridiron Kings this weekend at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports, and the talented safety more than held his own.

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2014 DB Randolph optimistic after FNL 

July, 29, 2012
Among the near dozen offers that Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln defensive back Kendall Randolph has, there isn't one from Florida. At Friday Night Lights the 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back worked out in hopes of changing that.

After the showcase Randolph felt confident that Florida would be the next program to offer.

"Coach [Travaris] Robinson told me a lot of good things and worked with me quite a bit," Randolph said. "It was a good event and I thought I showed the coaches enough good things. When I talked to Coach Robinson he was pretty optimistic at where I could fit in here."

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Class of 2014 athlete Juan Jenkins (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) has made no secret of his desire to play for the University of Florida, and the 5-foot-11, 190-pound athlete hoped his performance at Friday Night Lights moved him close to his dream offer.

"They asked me to work out at safety and cornerback, and it was a good move for me," Jenkins said. "I enjoyed working with coach [Travaris Robinson] and I think defensive back is the position I'll be being in college."

Jenkins currently plays linebacker at Gainesville. He received an offer from Utah over the summer and has taken visits to Miami and South Florida.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Nigel Patten (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) wrapped up his summer tour at the University of Florida for Friday Night Lights.

The 5-foot-8, 159-pound cornerback showed off his blazing speed in taking home one of the awards for the defensive back position.

"Yeah, I really enjoyed my time," he said. "I came out here and competed and I won the fastest man in the defensive back challenge."

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