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Weekend wrap: SEC 

August, 19, 2013
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SECThe college football season is nearly upon us but there was still some big recruiting news throughout the Southeastern Conference this past weekend. There was an ESPN 300 commitment, a big decommitment and several other top storylines throughout the SEC.

Here's a look at the weekend that was in the SEC.

UF's Friday Night Lights preview 

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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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Tales From The Road: Florida 

May, 22, 2013
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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: Along with a few in-state targets, the Gators have visited or will visit several out-of-state targets this week. Florida coaches headed to Illinois on Monday to check in on inside linebackers Clifton Garrett and Nyles Morgan, then headed to New York to check out athlete Curtis Samuel.

The coaching staff then headed up the East Coast and stopped in on Maryland defensive tackle Damian Prince, Washington D.C. cornerback Jalen Tabor, Virginia defensive end Da'Shawn Hand and North Carolina defensive end Lorenzo Featherston. Georgia insider linebacker Raekwon McMillian will also get a visit from Florida coaches. Committed offensive lineman Travaris Dorsey and uncommitted offensive tackle David Sharpe will have Florida coaches at their spring games this week.

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GatorNation: Recruiting mailbag 

April, 26, 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.

ga8or22: Who are the Gators most interested in at TE? We are a little thin at that position in my mind.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Another week of spring football practice is in the books and the basketball team rolled through the second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament, so there’s a lot to recap.

On the football front, the Gators got some bad news early in the week when reserve offensive lineman Trip Thurman suffered a shoulder injury that UF coach Will Muschamp said appeared to be severe. Thurman’s injury left the Gators with only five healthy scholarship offensive linemen, and that is forcing them to alter their plans for the spring game.

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Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsLoucheiz Purifoy has moved back to defense for now, but he's not done with offense for good.
Instead of a true game, the Gators essentially will have a glorified open practice and will spend time in 7-on-7 and situational drills.

Cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy finished his time at receiver and moved back to defense. The decision to try him out on offense was made because of the lack of production from the position since the 2009 season. And with freshman early enrollee Demarcus Robinson sidelined for a week with a sprained ankle, it doesn’t appear likely the Gators will get any answers at the position this spring.

SEC blogger Chris Low took a look back at some of the most memorable upsets in SEC play over the past 35 years. Ole Miss’ victory over Florida in 2008 -- which spawned Tim Tebow’s promise and was the catalyst to the Gators’ national championship run -- made the list.

On the recruiting trail ...

On the recruiting front, Derek Tyson put together his weekly mailbag, which included information about offensive tackle David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence), ESPN Watch List safety Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South) and ESPN Watch List linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County).

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Watch List RB James adds Oregon offer 

March, 26, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Watch List running back Tony James (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) picked up an offer from the Oregon Ducks on Tuesday afternoon.


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Florida junior day preview 

February, 15, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- One year ago, the Gators got off to a blazing start for their 2013 recruiting class with their first big junior day weekend in February. Florida was able to nab six commitments, including ESPN 300 prospects Nick Washington, Kelvin Taylor and Keanu Neal.

Though Florida eventually lost three of the six commitments, the huge recruiting weekend set the tone for the year for Florida's class, which finished ranked No. 2 in the nation.


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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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What to watch this weekend 

December, 13, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- This will be a big weekend for Florida recruiting. Not just because Florida is bringing in some key recruits for official visits, but also because the Gators have a few current commits and key targets who are playing for state championships in Orlando.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comThe Gators were able to flip Clemson WR commit Demarcus Robinson before his official visit to Gainesville this weekend.
New wide receiver commit Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach Co.), a four-star prospect, will take his official visit to Florida this weekend. Robinson flipped his commitment from Clemson to Florida on Wednesday, the same day Gators head coach Will Muschamp and assistants Brian White and Joker Phillips made an in-home visit.

With Robinson now in the fold, the headliner of the weekend might be Alex Collins (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation), a former Miami commitment who is officially visiting. The Gators have two four-star running back commitments in Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glades, Fla./Glades Day) and Adam Lane (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven), but Collins is too talented not to recruit.

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Recruits react to Florida win

October, 21, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida had several prospects on hand to watch the Gators win convincingly over SEC East opponent South Carolina. After the game, several prospects talked about what they thought of Florida's 44-11 win over the Gamecocks.

DB Duke Dawson (Cross City, Fla./Dixie County), class of 2014 -- "It was a great game to be at. The crowd was insane. It was just great. I love the coaches because they always show me lots of love."

RB Tony James (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville), class of 2014 -- "This game meant way more to the Gators then it did to beat LSU. The energy was positive and it helped even more that South Carolina had so many turnovers."

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Watch List RB James talks recruiting 

October, 13, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPN Watch List running back Tony James (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) missed Gainesville's game against cross-town rival Buchholz High School on Friday with a mild concussion. Despite missing the game, the 2014 prospect did talk about the latest in his recruitment.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound running back, who has offers from Florida, Miami, Ohio State, UCLA, Georgia Tech and most recently Florida State, visited Florida for its game against LSU last weekend. James said he was impressed with what he saw from the Gators.

"It was a very intense game, it was a close game," James said. "The second half, Florida came out and got their swag going on and got two touchdowns back-to-back with Mike Gillislee and the defense shut them down."

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Weekend recruiting preview 

October, 5, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators will be hosting several top 2013 and 2014 recruits when they take on LSU in The Swamp on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comMontravius Adams is the No. 3 defensive tackle in the ESPN 150.
The list is headlined by five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), four-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly Co.), four-star safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) and four-star wide receiver Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek), all of whom are in the ESPN 150.

This unofficial visit for Adams comes as somewhat of a surprise. Adams, the No. 11-ranked player in the country, has mentioned schools such as Auburn, Georgia, Clemson, USC, Oregon and LSU, but has rarely talked about Florida. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound tackle said he will take this opportunity to learn about the Florida program.

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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

October, 5, 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.

eastorwestgatorsarethebest: With Montravius Adams visiting UF this weekend, what are our chances of securing this talented DT?

A: Florida still has a long way to go with the four-star defensive tackle, but this unofficial visit is certainly a good start. There are still several months before signing day, and if Florida can convince him to take an official visit later in the year then the Gators are right in the mix for him. I still believe Auburn is the team to beat here, but if the Tigers continue to struggle this year the Gators could sneak in and make a play for the No. 11-ranked player in the country.

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2014 RB Tony James adds FSU offer 

September, 7, 2012
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Things just keep getting better for class of 2014 running back Tony James (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville).

Tony James
Derek Tyson/ESPN.comTony James of Gainesville (Fla.) High School hasn't picked a leader among Florida, Florida State and Miami.
Shortly after helping his team earn a 17-14 victory over Lake City (Fla.) Columbia, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound junior revealed his latest offer.

"I received an offer from FSU today. It's real exciting," James said. "I would say they are tied with Florida as my leaders."

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators will be bringing in a handful of prospects to watch Florida take on Bowling Green in The Swamp on Saturday afternoon. Georgia offensive tackle commit Trenton Brown (Albany, Ga./Georgia Military College) will be the only official visitor for the Gators.

Trenton Brown
Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comSophomore Trenton Brown is a 6-foot-8, 350-pound offensive tackle at Georgia Military College.
For Florida, the visit by Brown is very important. The Gators are looking to add two more offensive linemen in this class, and Brown appears to be wavering on his Georgia commitment.

"I am committed to Georgia, but not as solid as I was," Brown said on Tuesday night. "I have been hearing that they are telling Laremy Tunsil that they are going to put me at guard and him at tackle. I asked coach [Will] Friend about it, and he said they put the best five on the field. That led me to believe that they are saying that, but I am going to talk to coach [Mark] Richt about it because I am not trying to play guard.

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