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February, 8, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Now that signing day is complete, it's time to dive in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer the questions you want to know. 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 ask your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club.


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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

January, 10, 2013
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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.


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GatorNation: Recruiting Mailbag 

December, 28, 2012
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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: Of all the commits, from what you've seen, who do you feel will make an impact next season?

A: With the No. 1-ranked class in the country right now, there are several Florida commitments who I feel will have some sort of impact. Kelvin Taylor will have an impact on the offense. Running back Matt Jones displayed what he's capable of in the win over Florida State, but he'll only be a sophomore. Taylor, who's enrolling in January, will have a chance to learn the offense in the spring and compete for playing time early on. I still believe Jones will start, but Taylor should see plenty of carries. Defensively, Vernon Hargreaves III will be an All-American by the time he leaves Florida. He's an intelligent and physically gifted defensive back. Hargreaves has excelled at every event -- whether 7-on-7s or actual games -- I've seen him play in. Florida has depth at corner, but Hargreaves is just too talented to keep off the field early on.

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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

December, 20, 2012
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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.

Scot5013: How seriously is top RB [Alex] Collins considering UF?

A: Very seriously. He had a great visit to Florida over the weekend and the Gators are at or near the top of his list. He still has an official visit to Miami to keep an eye on. Florida is also very tight on scholarships, so to me the question is will Florida have enough room to take three running backs? They would hate to miss out on one of the top running backs in the country, but they still need to add a defensive end, a receiver and possibly a corner. A lot will depend on if there is any more attrition.

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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.

xtremecheezhead: How will the addition of Joker Phillips impact WR recruiting?

A: There is no question in my mind this will have a very big impact in recruiting for Florida. It might not be this year because the Gators already have four wide receiver commits and might only take one more receiver. Phillips has helped develop several top receivers including Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers, and he should able to sell that to recruits. As I said in my update on Monday, the Gators are still in the picture for several receivers, and the Phillips addition will only help Florida's cause.

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GatorNation: Recruiting mailbag 

November, 28, 2012
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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.

dabramowitz5: What are the needs moving forward, and are we in for any surprises?

Marcell Harris
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comESPN 150 safety Marcell Harris is set to announce his college choice on Thursday.
A: Florida has met many needs in this recruiting cycle, but with roughly five or so spots remaining there are a few areas they'd still like to address. The Gators have four wide receivers but would probably like to add one more. UF needs a tight end, but with no obvious options available, they may have to wait until next year. The Gators do have three offensive line commits including former Nebraska OT Tyler Moore, but would like to at least add one more if not two. Trenton Brown is the most likely candidate with Laremy Tunsil still hanging around as well. Defensively, Florida would like to add safety Marcell Harris, who will announce his decision on Thursday. They'd also like to add another linebacker. With former Auburn LB commit Trey Johnson decommitting on Tuesday, Florida could certainly turn up the heat on him.

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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

November, 8, 2012
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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.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comFive-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams is one of Florida's top remaining targets.
Scot5013: Calling all defensive tackles ... who will UF land, Greg Gilmore or Montravius Adams?

A: Florida will have its work cut out for both players. Gilmore will make his decision on Thursday night between Florida and LSU. After a weekend visit to LSU (and the Tigers having been his long-time leader), I have to think LSU is the team he will chose on Thursday night. As for Adams, the Gators have made a very big impression on him, but so did the Bulldogs when he visited Athens. At this point, I'm not sure Florida gets either player, but they aren't very far behind for either guy.

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Mailbag: Replacing early NFL draftees 

September, 20, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer the questions you want to know. 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 ask your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club.

impulse36: Based on the first three games, is it likely that Dominique Easley, Sharrif Floyd or Matt Elam enters the NFL draft this April? Assuming they don't, does that affect the number we can recruit or the positions we recruit? Do we recruit the same number and just "encourage" more transfers?

A: It's too early to say which of the three listed could potentially enter the NFL draft. At this point it shouldn't affect how many prospects UF can take in this class. Florida is looking to sign 23-24 players and Florida is likely planning to lose at least one of the three you mentioned. Situations like this have a way of working themselves out. Whether it's future transfers, injuries or other situations the public might not be aware of, the coaching staff already has a good idea of how many players it will be able to take in this class.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip in to 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.

rmoreiro: How many more recruits do we take, and can you list the positions?

A: This can be a tricky question because a lot will depend on attrition. Also, if Florida is able to land a transfer such as former Nebraska offensive lineman Tyler Moore, that would affect the final number Florida would take in its 2013 recruiting class. Obviously, with the decommitments of Rod Johnson (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) and Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King), the Gators would like to sign at least one more offensive lineman. Florida would also like a linebacker, Marcell Harris at safety and a defensive tackle. If there ends up being room, the Gators would also like to add a tight end. I specify Harris at safety because if the Gators miss on him, I don't believe they will take another safety.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer your questions. Because of the number of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today, but we encourage you to ask your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club. Astute readers will also notice a new spot on our homepage where you can submit mailbag question about the football team at any time. We read every question we receive.

GatorT51: Do you think Mike Gillislee will be the featured back and get bulk of the carries against BG or do you think it will be by committee with Gillislee, Mack Brown, Matt Jones & Trey Burton getting an equal number of touches?

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UF CommunicationsFlorida offensive coordinator Brent Pease held the same position at Boise State last season.
A: Gillislee will be the main back and I expect him to average about 15-18 carries per game this season. He had a fantastic spring and August and made his biggest improvement in pass protection. He’s had a nagging ankle injury the past two seasons but seems to be over that. Mack Brown and Matt Jones will get their share of carries against Bowling Green and the two will continue to battle throughout the season to be the No. 2 back behind Gillislee.

Impulse36: Haven't seen many Boise St. games, what is Pease's passing game like? Does he go with short passes, screens, throws that require timing? Does he usually throw it deep? From the spring practice, sounds like we play action into deep throws. The coaches (or possibly the reporters) tended to mention receivers getting behind the defense and catching deep passes. Are the QBs capable of making that quick three-step drop slant throw (pinpoint accuracy) or are they more suited for throwing deep (strong arm)? How much is expected of the QB at the line of scrimmage, is he expected to make hot reads, call out blitzes? Thanks!

A: Whew, long list of stuff. I’ll try and answer it all as succinctly as I can. Pease’s offense uses all of those things, and one of the things I’m eager to see is the screen game. UF hasn’t really been a good screen team, with the running backs, anyway, and I’ve always thought that was an area in which the Gators could excel. The problem the QBs are having right now, though, is in their timing. They’re both holding onto the ball too long, which is normal for any young quarterback. Jacoby Brissett seems to be having that trouble a bit more than Jeff Driskel because he doesn’t want to leave the pocket. There are some play-action deep throws, but I question the ability of the receivers to consistently get open.

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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

August, 22, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer your questions. Because of the number of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today, but we encourage you to ask your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club. Astute readers will also notice a new spot on our homepage where you can submit mailbag questions about the Gators and/or UF recruiting at any time. We read every question we receive.

will01811: Derek, does this list sound like the rest of yours: [Jalen] Ramsey, another OL or 2, DeMarcus Walker, Marcell Harris, Alvin Bailey?

A: I wouldn't pencil Ramsey into my mock class quite yet. Florida is trying to get a visit from Ramsey and if he does decide to visit, Florida would certainly increase its chances. After losing Rod Johnson and Josh Outlaw over the last week and a half, Florida will most definitely target another lineman or two. I feel confident Florida will get at least two out of three of Walker, Harris and Bailey and could quite possibly land all three ESPN 150 players.

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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

July, 17, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer your questions. Because of the number of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today, but we encourage you to ask your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club. Astute readers will also notice a new spot on our homepage where you can submit mailbag questions about the Gators and/or UF recruiting at any time. We read every question we receive.

secrocks2000: With Josh McNeil postponing his announcement and not visiting UGA for their camp and coming to Florida's Friday Night Lights camp do you think UF has a chance?

A: Yes, Florida certainly has a chance with the talented tight end. I think it's very telling that he postponed his announcement and did not visit Georgia for Dawg Night. With a successful Friday Night Lights trip, the Gators could be in good position to land McNeil -- if they decide to take a tight end this early.

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GatorNation recruiting mailbag

June, 28, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPN's GatorNation took questions on Twitter for this week's recruiting mailbag. Because of the amount of questions we received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today, but we encourage you to ask your questions on our Insider fan forum, "The Chompions Club."

kendallland1 and DK_Thompson: Any sleepers or guys who aren't household names out there we should know about since UF is down to only about five to seven more recruits (barring attrition)?

A: Hard to really call him a sleeper at this point but Gainesville (Fla.) High School wide receiver Chris Thompson performed well at Florida's camp recently and the Gators are seriously considering offering him. If Florida were to miss out on other prospects such as Demarcus Robinson, Florida could certainly end up using that scholarship on a guy like Thompson. Four-star tight end Desean Smith isn't really a sleeper, but you don't hear his name come up much when Florida's class is mentioned. Smith has legitimate interest in the Gators, however, and there is a real possibility he could visit Gainesville in the next few weeks. Also, defensive end Eric Mayes (Sarasota, Fla./Booker) is a prospect on whom Florida is keeping close tabs. If Demarcus Walker falls through, the Gators could look to Mayes to fill their strong-side defensive end hole.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer the questions you want to know. 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 ask your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club.

Joakim4Prez9713: Are we turning up the heat on Ira Denson? Is it true we're in his top schools even without an offer?

A: Yes, it's true Florida is pursuing Denson, and it's also correct that Florida is among his top schools without an offer. His impressive performance at the Orlando NFTC has definitely caught the attention of some major programs. Florida is being cautious, though, and quite honestly I don't blame them. There is a reason Denson didn't have many offers. His junior film is OK, nothing that would blow anyone away. But after getting in better shape and having a strong offseason, he looked the part of a big-time offensive lineman in Orlando. Florida is showing interest, but the coaches want to see him in person with the pads on before deciding whether to offer. Keep in mind Florida has commitments from three linemen who could all play inside. So the Gators can be very selective with guard prospects like Denson.

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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

March, 21, 2012
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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comDE Robert Nkemdiche is one of the most coveted prospects in the nation for 2013.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer the questions you want to know. 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 ask your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions' Club.

DK_Thompson - What is the staff's strategy for recruiting WR and O-line?

A: The wide receiver and the offensive line positions are huge areas of need for the Gators in this recruiting cycle. Florida has one verbal commitment at the receiver position (Rodney Adams) and none on the offensive line. With Florida likely taking three to four receivers in this class and the state of Florida loaded with quality receivers, the Gators can afford to be selective. Ahmad Fulwood, Stacy Coley, Francis Owusu, Marquez North and maybe a select others are some of the few receivers Florida would take right now. Otherwise, they will likely wait to see some prospects in camp before making a final decision in who they want to target and in what order.

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