Florida Gators: College football recruiting

#BlueChipBattles: Week 2

October, 12, 2012
With several of the nation's top football recruits taking both official and unofficial visits last week, our experts at RecruitingNation made some major tweaks to our top 10 recruiting battles with five new entrants in the fold. The top two remain the same, however, as Robert Nkemdiche and Laremy Tunsil maintain their spots as the two most impactful players on the recruiting scene.

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Florida home to 53 Watch List recruits 

September, 27, 2012
There are several things that stand out about the 53 2014 prospects from Florida included on the ESPN Watch List.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators grabbed their second verbal commitment for the recruiting class of 2013 on Saturday when ESPNU 150 watch list defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (Crescent City, Fla./Crescent City HS) committed to Florida.

The 6-foot-3, 295-pound athlete was one of several 2013 prospects in Gainesville Saturday.

Brantley said Florida just felt like home.

"The visit was crazy man," Brantley said "I felt at home. I love UF with a passion. That's where I want to spend my college years."

Brantley has visited Florida several times, but this time he brought his grandparents and a friend. Now he says he wants to be a part of another family.

"It just felt like a family, and I want to be a part of a big family like that," Brantley said. "I have a great chance to play early there, and I have a great relationship with the coaches. Coach [Dan] Quinn and [Bryant] Young were both very happy when I told them I committed. They were real excited."

Brantley, who already holds offers from Florida State and USF, received his Florida offer last Friday.

Brantley had a chance to meet with Florida head coach Will Muschamp early on Saturday before Muschamp headed to Atlanta for a speaking engagement.

"He told me he wants me to be a Gator," Brantley said, "and play as a true freshman."

Brantley called to inform Muschamp of his decision on Saturday night.

Brantley joins running back Adam Lane (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven) as Florida's other 2013 verbal commitments.


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.