Florida Gators: David Dawson

Hackenberg, Olsen earn UA Game starts

January, 3, 2013

Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

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Chomp Confidential: UF recruiting notes 

November, 14, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- GatorNation brings you the latest installment of Chomp Confidential, a look inside Florida football recruiting for GatorNation subscribers only. As with anything exclusive, what's reported in the weekly Chomp Confidential must stay here. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • Johnson back in play?
  • New offers go out

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 9

November, 9, 2012
Max Redfield, Leon McQuayTom Hauck for ESPN.comMax Redfield is out at USC -- is Leon McQuay in?
Think USC was left reeling after Max Redfield (left) decommitted this week? Not really. The Trojans appear to be zeroing in on Leon McQuay III (right). And then there's the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, who decommitted Thursday. It's an open market in this week’s #BlueChipBattles Insider.

You can also rank the battles this week in SportsNation.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 2

November, 2, 2012
RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits Insider leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit).

Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using#BlueChipBattles or vote for which player should hold the No. 1 spot on Facebook.

David Dawson announces new top three 

October, 29, 2012

The No. 1 offensive guard in the nation has put out a new top three and it has a Big Ten feel as Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin -- in no particular order -- will now be in a dogfight for the services of David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech).

The 6-foot-4, 282-pound senior -- ranked 87th overall in the ESPN 150 -- was thought to be a heavy lean toward Florida after taking an official visit on Oct. 19.

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#BlueChip Battles: Oct. 26

October, 26, 2012
Pitt doesn't want WR Robert Foster to leave the Keystone State and USC hopes to keep CB Max Redfield in Cali. The local programs' bid to keep those two stars in-state highlights this week's #BlueChipBattles Insider.

#BlueChipBattles is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to voice your opinion on our list or to view other fans' reactions as the commitments begin to roll in. Get recruiting updates on the players above as well as the nation's other top football prospects here: @RecruitingESPN.

David Dawson mulls options after UF visit 

October, 24, 2012
Offensive lineman David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) had been committed to Michigan since February, but recently parted ways with the Wolverines. Dawson promptly set up a visit to Florida for the South Carolina game, since the Gators and Dawson had been in communication for quite some time.

The visit went well for Dawson as he got to take in the game atmosphere, check out Florida's communication department and the athletic facilities. The visit didn't yield the results Florida fans were hoping for, though, as there were rumors Dawson would be committing on the visit.

"I rushed myself into a bad situation at Michigan earlier this year by not weighing my options, so I didn't want to make the same mistake," he said. "I want to look at a few other schools close to home, and that might play a factor in the long run. That's mainly because of all the things my family has been through in the last year, so I feel that maybe I should try to stay close to my support system."

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#BlueChipBattles: Week 3

October, 19, 2012
David Dawson decommited from Michigan and Justin Manning delayed his decision date, and that had a big-time ripple effect in this week's #BlueChipBattles Insider, as more than half of the top 10 spots have new occupants.

Where David Dawson might end up 

October, 19, 2012
When David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) gave his decommitment to Michigan over the weekend, schools waited for an update on his recruiting plans and the offensive guard gave one in quick fashion.

He now has a top four of Alabama, Florida, LSU and Ohio State. With that in mind, BuckeyeNation looked at the four universities and has come up with the order it thinks the 6-foot-4, 282-pound Dawson might lean toward.

The ESPN 150 senior -- he’s ranked 87th overall -- has said he’s planning on taking official visits and will let the process play out before making a final choice.

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Dawson, Tunsil among UF visitors 

October, 19, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With their second top 10 matchup in three weeks, the Florida Gators will once again be bringing in several top prospects for Saturday's game against the No. 7-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. The list is heavy on prospects who are verbally committed to other schools, but there will be at least two big uncommitted prospects in attendance.

Four-star offensive guard David Dawson (No. 87 in ESPN 300; Detroit/Cass Tech) decommitted from Michigan just last week, and the Gators appear to be in the driver's seat for his services. Dawson, who will be taking his official visit to UF, said he is looking forward to spending time with other Florida commits on his visit to Gainesville.

"I'm just looking forward to seeing the campus, getting to chill with some of the other Florida commits again," Dawson said. "I'm also looking forward to seeing the facilities and all the Nike gear they have."

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Recruiting mailbag: Dawson, Tunsil 

October, 16, 2012
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.

secrocks2000: With David Dawson decommitting and UF in a good position with him, what happens with Trenton Brown, Ira Denson and Laremy Tunsil? Are the UF coaches looking to take two more OL prospects to go along with the 3 OL prospects already committed?

A: Though Dawson says Alabama and LSU are also in contention, in my opinion the Gators have the best shot of landing the former Michigan commit. Dawson is scheduled to take an official visit to Florida this weekend for the South Carolina game. If that is the case, I would not expect to see FSU commit Ira Denson in UF's class. As for Tunsil and Brown, I believe Florida will take one of the two with Tunsil being the top choice. If the Gators don't feel like they will land Tunsil, look for the Gators to turn up the heat on Brown.

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David Dawson, Michigan part ways 

October, 14, 2012
David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech), the No. 1 offensive guard prospect in the nation, is no longer committed to Michigan.

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Tom VanHaaren for ESPN.comDavid Dawson's new list includes Alabama, Florida and LSU.
For quite some time Dawson had been flirting with the idea of entertaining other programs despite his commitment to the Wolverines. Brady Hoke and his staff have stood firm on their policy of no longer recruiting prospects who commit to them and then decided to take more visits.

"I wasn't 100 percent sure, and I didn't want to go any longer hurting myself or the University of Michigan," he said. "I talked to my mom and coaches and they gave me the OK to do what I felt was best. I thank Coach [Brady] Hoke for giving me the opportunity, but it was something I had to do."

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Chomp Confidential: UF recruiting 

October, 12, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- GatorNation brings you the latest installment of Chomp Confidential, a look inside Florida football recruiting for GatorNation subscribers only. As with anything exclusive, what's reported in the weekly Chomp Confidential must stay here. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • New interest in RB
  • What the LSU victory meant
  • Going after committed players

Check out the weekly Chomp Confidential.

Gators looking at Alex Collins

Florida visited ESPN 300 running back Alex Collins on Thursday. The Gators have two four-star running back commits including Kelvin Taylor, the No. 1-ranked running back in the country, and Adam Lane an ESPN 300 member. So why show interest in Miami running back commit? For one, Collins is a do-it-all type of back and should help whatever team he signs with early on in his career. The interest in Collins is no knock on either Florida commit, as both players are extremely talented. The Gators, however, feel like Collins is talented enough to at least gauge his interest in the program. I don't believe it will affect either Florida commit for now.

How big was the LSU game for recruiting?

There might not have been any commits coming out of Florida's big 14-6 victory over LSU this past weekend, but believe me it was a very big weekend for the future of Florida recruiting. The Gators already hold the No. 3-ranked class in the country and have put themselves in great position with players such as four-star safety Marcell Harris, Notre Dame commit Alex Anzalone, and numerous 2014 prospects. Florida was thought to be trailing significantly for five-star tackle Laremy Tunsil, but with a dominating performance by the offensive line, the Gators appear to be right back in the mix. Michigan offensive guard commit David Dawson watched the game on television and said he was impressed with how Florida played on Saturday.

"They were completely dominant on the line of scrimmage!" Dawson said in a text after the game. "I LOVE THAT ABOUT A TEAM. Really like what coach Muschamp is doing with the Gators."

Florida also made an impression on top 2014 quarterback Will Grier. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound signal-caller from Davidson (N.C.) Day School, hasn't named a leader, but the Gators are near the top of his list.

Committed players looking at Florida

The Gators only have a few spots remaining in their 2013 class. There are several players committed to other schools who are showing interest in Florida. Lets take a look at which way each player is trending after this past weekend.

OL Ira Denson (Madison, Fla./Madison Co.), FSU commit -- Unofficially visited Florida for LSU game and will officially visit UF for South Carolina game. Trending: Up

OL David Dawson (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech), Michigan commit -- Said he was impressed with Florida's win over LSU. Could potentially still visit Florida. Trending: Up

LB Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing), Notre Dame commit -- Unofficially visited the Gators fo the LSU game and could return for official visit after the season. Trending: Up

CB Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood), USC commit -- Officially visited for Kentucky. Teammate of Florida quarterback commit Max Staver. Trending: Even

WR DeMarcus Robinson (Ft. Valley, Ga./Peach Co.), Clemson commit -- Was planning to visit for LSU game, but decided not to attend. Trending: Down

DE Elijah Daniel (Avon, Ind./Avon), Clemson commit -- Wants to visit Florida but has grade issues. If he gets on campus, could switch to Florida. Trending: Even

DE DeMarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), Alabama commit -- Said at his Under Armour jersey presentation on Wednesday that he would likely visit UF for South Carolina game. Trending: Down

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Top targets still on UF's board 

September, 25, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With quite possibly the biggest recruiting weekend of year approaching, the Florida Gators have narrowed down their list of potential 2013 targets to roughly 10-20 possibilities. Sure, there are names that might be added to their recruiting board as the season moves along, but only a few spots remain in the 2013 class. Here's a closer look at the top five targets, in no particular order.

DT Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View) -- The big defensive tackle from North Carolina officially visited Florida this past weekend and really enjoyed his trip. Gilmore has had LSU in the lead for some time but, after ranking his visit an 11 on a scale of one to 10, the Gators have pulled even with the Tigers. His parents appear to be favoring the Gators at this point, but will it be enough to be sway the No. 9-ranked defensive tackle in the country? Gilmore will visit LSU on Nov. 3.

S Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) -- Harris just returned from Oklahoma and has visits scheduled to Florida for the LSU game on Oct. 6 and to Florida State the following week. It's significant that Harris is visiting Florida. He has visited the Gators unofficially several times and was planning to use his visits on other schools. Though he won't come out and say it, this appears to be a Florida-Texas battle. The Gators seem to be in good shape for the talented athlete.

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Mailbag: Replacing early NFL draftees 

September, 20, 2012
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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