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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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This was the final weekend before national signing day, and of course, there was a ton of news around the SEC. Vanderbilt added a slew of commitments, as did Alabama and Texas A&M. There were also some key visits and a decommitment from an SEC West school. Here’s a closer look at the latest recruiting news around the SEC.

Biggest commitments: After suffering 11 decommitments after coach James Franklin left for Penn State, Vanderbilt was in desperate need of a big recruiting weekend, and it finally got it.

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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As the regular season winds down, there was a lot of news around the Southeastern Conference over the weekend. There were a few big commitments, and LSU hosted several visitors for its dominating win over Texas A&M. Here’s a closer look at some of the top story lines in the SEC this weekend.

Biggest commitment: Ole Miss might have a lost a home game to Missouri on Saturday night, but the Rebels received some good news earlier in the day as ESPN 300 wide receiver Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis) flipped his commitment from Florida State to Ole Miss. The Oxford (Miss.) Clarion Ledger first reported his switch and Pack later confirmed his decision in a text message.

The Rebels now have 23 verbal commitments, including three ranked in the ESPN 300.

In addition to Pack’s commitment, there was another ESPN 300 commitment in the SEC on Saturday. Defensive tackle Joshua Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Har Ber) verbally committed to Alabama over Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M and USC.

Biggest weekend performance: Several SEC-committed prospects put up impressive numbers but Florida quarterback commit Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day) might have had the best performance of the season for prospects who are committed to SEC schools.

Grier set a season-high for passing yards with 592 passing yards and added six touchdowns through the air in a 69-28 victory in his teams state championship game on Friday. Grier finished the season just 18 yards shy of 5,000 passing yards on the year. He is set to enroll at Florida in January.

Most Important visit: LSU hosted several top visitors for its big 34-10 victory over Texas A&M. The group was headlined by Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine), the No. 1-ranked player in the country, and linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South), who was in Baton Rouge on an official visit.

Garrett was impressed with what he saw from the LSU fans.

“LSU has a great fan base,” Garrett said. “They have coaches [who] know exactly what to do in big-game situations and against great players like [Johnny] Manziel. It’s just a great place.”

This visit is significant for the Tigers. Garrett has taken four official visits and will likely make his decision in the near future. LSU has certainly put themselves in a good position to land the talented linebacker.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Friday Night Lights at Florida is arguably the premier one-night camp in the country. Former Florida coach Urban Meyer started the event with great success and Will Muschamp has continued to make it a top destination for high school recruits. This year, as in years past, the Gators will bring in some top prospects from across the country. Here's a closer look at what to expect on Friday evening.

Several top prospects expected


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Summer recruit wrap: Florida 

July, 23, 2013
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GatorNation looks at five themes of Florida's 2014 recruiting class to date:

Friday Night Lights will be loaded


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Florida: Instant impact recruits 

June, 25, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- The Gators are ranked No. 9 in the latest ESPN team recruiting rankings. With the recruiting board they have remaining, it could turn in to a top-three class when all is said and done.

Here is a look at 10 recruits, either committed or that the Gators have a realistic shot at landing, that could make an instant impact at Florida.

1. LB Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty Co.)
6-2, 249
ESPN 300 rank: 13


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The RN Top 10 will appear throughout the camp and combine season and rank prospects based strictly on their on-field performance at that particular event. It does not reflect their overall prospect ranking.

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The IMG 7v7 National Championships brought in top talent from all over the country. Narrowing it to 10 was difficult, as top prospects such as linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) and running back Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) didn't make the list. It's not because they didn't play well, but because 7-on-7 events are geared more for wide receivers and quarterbacks on offense and the defensive backs on defense.

10. Chris Godwin
Middletown (Del.) High School | WR | 6-2, 203

Godwin, an Under Armour All-American, was one of the main reasons his Delaware team went 6-0 before finally losing a game. In this talent-filled tournament, Godwin showed why he is one of the top receivers in the country. He made several tough catches and displayed his 4.4 speed on a consistent basis. He displayed all the tools to be successful on the next level.

9. Sean White
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Unversity School | QB | 6-1, 199

With receivers such as Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph, it's hard for White not to look good, but he was extremely accurate throughout the tournament and made several big-time throws. White did a nice job of taking what the defense gave him underneath and also showed the arm strength to make several tough throws over the middle. White has seen his recruitment pick up lately and it will likely continue to increase with performances like this.

8. Tyler Queen (2015)
Kennesaw (Ga.) North Cobb | QB | 6-2, 237

North Cobb was one of the few that brought their high school team, instead of an All-Star team from their region. Queen led his team to several victories and showed pinpoint accuracy on a majority of his throws. He displayed great touch on his deep ball and completed several long touchdowns on the day. It was easy to see why he is already a highly recruited prospect.

7. George Campbell (2015)
Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake | WR | 6-4, 184

Campbell proved why he might be the top receiver in Florida next year. He used his 6-foot-4 height to go up over defensive backs and come down with several long catches. It wasn't just the jump ball that impressed; his route running was good and he consistently got open. On top of his impressive offensive performance, Campbell made several plays at safety. This Under Armour All-American has a chance to be a special player as a senior.

6. Travis Rudolph
West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman | WR | 6-1, 186


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Spring evaluations are over, summer camp has finally concluded, and the Gators have to consider the past two months a recruiting success.

The Gators have landed four commitments over the last month and have positioned themselves nicely for a host of other top prospects. Here's a closer look at how the Gators recruiting efforts are taking shape.

Commits

Three-star TE C'yontai Lewis (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge)
Committed: May 23

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators finished with the No. 2 overall recruiting class in the country last year and are again off to a hot start for the 2014 cycle. Six of Florida's 10 verbal commitments are in the new ESPN 300 rankings.

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsWorkhorse running back Dalvin Cook remains the Gators highest-ranked 2014 commit.
Running back Dalvin Cook (No. 22), who rushed for 1,501 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior, continues to lead the way for Florida commits. Cook was previously committed to Clemson before making the switch to UF in early April.

Record-setting quarterback Will Grier dropped eight slots from No. 45 to No. 53, but will have a chance to improve his ranking with a strong performance at the Elite 11 camp at the end of the month.

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Gators add Wyoming DE Taven Bryan

June, 11, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators picked up their second commitment of the Will Muschamp football camp on Monday night as defensive end Taven Bryan (Casper, Wyo./Natrona Co.) gave his verbal commitment to Florida.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound athlete, camped at Florida on Saturday and decided to make his decision late Monday night. Bryan announced his decision in a Facebook status update and changed his cover photo to a picture of the Florida logo.

"I have committed to play for the Florida Gators. Go Gators!!!!!," he wrote.

Bryan later confirmed his decision with GatorNation via text message.

Bryan, who as a junior was selected first team all-state as an offensive tackle and second team all-state as a defensive end, also held offers from California, Nebraska, Colorado, Oregon and Tennessee.

For Florida, the Gators now stand at 10 commitments including four in the ESPN 150. Bryan is the first defensive end and only the third defensive commit for the Gators.

Four-star athlete J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) attended camp with Bryan on Saturday and made his pledge to Florida the same day. The Gators currently have the No. 10-ranked class in the country.

GatorNation: Weekend camp review 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators brought in a host of prospects over the weekend for the annual Will Muschamp football camp. The Gators received good news on Day 1 as ESPN 150 athlete J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) pledged to play for the Gators. In addition to the Jackson news there were several other updates over the weekend.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida head coach Will Muschamp has made it clear that he prefers to have players camp at Florida before allowing them to join the Gators' recruiting class. That's not always the case, but for the most part Muschamp wants the opportunity to see a prospect's athleticsim, skill, work ethic and mental makeup before extending a true scholarship offer.

This year the Gators are planning to bring in a host of top talent from all over the country for their summer camp. Some prospects have already earned offers, while others are hoping to impress the Florida staff enough to earn one.


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Tales From the Road: Florida 

June, 5, 2013
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Each week, Tales From The Road will provide news and updates about where Florida's coaches are recruiting and which prospects are making headlines.


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Each week, Tales From The Road will provide news and updates about where Florida's coaches are recruiting and the prospects making headlines.

This week’s targets: For the fourth straight week, Florida coaches were on the road recruiting. This week a Florida coach headed to Orlando to check in on defensive end Trent Harris, who recently decided to postpone his May 23 commitment date. Florida also checked in on 2015 Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek running back Jacques Patrick.

Running backs coach Brian White headed to Alabama to check out defensive tackle Cory Thomas, running back Bo Scarbrough and outside linebacker Torrence Brown. Linebacker Dillon Bates had Florida coaches visit him at his practice on Tuesday.

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Weekend rewind: UF has big junior day 

February, 18, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Just as it did last year, the Florida Gators had another stellar junior day on Saturday. With commitments from two ESPN Watch List prospects and three players overall the Gators are once again off to a hot start.


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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

February, 13, 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.

Sony Michel
Corey LongSony Michel is one of many highly touted running backs Florida is going after in this cycle.
Scot5013: Is Sony Michel really liking UF, or just recruiting talk?

A: Michel is a big-time prospect and has five-star potential. He mentioned on Facebook on Monday that Florida is in his top five along with Miami (Fla), Georgia, Notre Dame and Florida State. However, Michel said in a story by DawgNation's Kipp Adams on Tuesday that Alabama, not Florida, was in his top five along with the other schools mentioned on Facebook.

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