Florida Gators: Gerald Willis

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Oregon State coach Mike Riley launched a new Twitter campaign on Tuesday to help the Beavers connect with recruits across the country; LSU’s Frank Wilson didn’t make the first edition of the ESPN recruiting power rankings, but he could be leading the poll by signing day; and a question and answer session on Wednesday helped identify what topics are most important with recruiting fans today.

Oregon State coach Mike Riley has more than 18,900 followers and is great communicating with fans on Twitter. So it was no surprise to see him launch a campaign Tuesday called “Tweet Film Tuesday” where he asked recruits to send him links to their film, and he and his staffers will then select 10 recruits to evaluate each week. With only 140 characters to work with, Riley didn’t explain how he and his assistants would pick the 10 recruits to evaluate, but the idea is ingenious. Not only does it help Riley and the Beaver coaches communicate with prospects in a way they’re already familiar with, it also allows the OSU coaches to find prospects they might not have been familiar with who are truly interested in the program. Also with Riley’s track record of uncovering hidden talent, you can all but guarantee there will be a story a few years down the road where the Beavers found a sleeper through this approach.

Top SEC recruiting rivalries 

October, 1, 2013

From year-to-year the Southeastern Conference is full of recruiting battles. This year it appears that Alabama and LSU could have some of the best recruiting battles we've seen in a while. Here's a closer look at the five top recruiting rivalries in the SEC.

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GatorNation: Recruiting mailbag 

July, 19, 2013
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: Who is an under the radar guy UF is after, like [Antonio] Morrison from last year, a guy that can end up being in ESPN 150 or 300?

A: He might not end up in the ESPN 300, but I know Florida really likes tight end DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, Kan./Derby). At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Goolsby has ideal size for a tight end, and Florida doesn't have a lot of depth at that position. Goolsby remains open in his recruitment, but Florida sees him as a guy that is big and athletic enough to make an early impact. Being from Kansas, Goolsby doesn't necessarily get the attention he would get if he lived in a bigger football state. This three-star player could turn out to be a steal for whichever school lands him.

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ESPN 150 DT Willis ready for visits 

May, 9, 2013
Now that spring ball has started, ESPN 150 defensive tackle Gerald Willis III has been inundated with interest from college recruiters visiting New Orleans Edna Karr High School. He expected that.

That’s why, even if he’s comfortable with naming his top four schools, his list remains a fluid one. New schools are working hard to get in the mix, and Willis is ready to hit the road for more visits this summer.

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2014 DE Gerald Willis has Florida in top 3

March, 9, 2012
Edna Karr (New Orleans, La.) Class of 2014 defensive end Gerald Willis has a host of offers from some of the nation's most prestigious programs. He lists his top three schools as Florida, LSU and Alabama.


McElwain discusses new Florida football
SEC Network's Greg McElory and Booger McFarland sit down to discuss the future of Florida football with head coach Jim McElwain.