Florida Gators: Joseph Paul

Gators land commitment No. 11 

July, 24, 2013
The Florida Gators picked up commitment No. 11 on Wednesday night as offensive tackle Dontae Angus (Philadelphia/Martin Luther King) committed to the Gators.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle prospect chose Florida over offers from Rutgers, West Virginia and Purdue.

Martin Luther King head coach Ed Dunn said Florida was a school Angus had always dreamed about attending and a former Florida player, Sharrif Floyd, played a key role in his decision.

Productive summer camp renews Gators 

June, 17, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Gators fans grumbled through a disappointing month of May, suffering through a couple of decommitments as Florida's 2014 class dropped in ESPN's rankings from No. 2 to No. 10.

But after a week-long summer camp loaded with talent and chocked with big-name visits, UF has firmly regained recruiting momentum and the faith of those frustrated fans.

The first day of the camp set the tone as the Gators got a commitment from ESPN 150 athlete J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) less than a week after he decommitted from FSU. Three days later, Florida landed a pledge from DE Taven Bryan (Casper, Wyo./Natrona County).

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GatorNation: UF summer camp preview 

June, 7, 2013
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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GatorNation's Rankings Week concludes with a list of the Gators’ top needs in recruiting for the class of 2014, as well as a list of the top players the Gators are pursuing at those positions.

Ranking UF’s needs for 2014

1. Offensive line

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GatorNation: Recruiting mailbag 

March, 29, 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.

20ericmasters1: How much ground does Florida have to make up on Raekwon Mcmillan to get back in his top group?

A: DawgNation reporter Kipp Adams had a chance to speak with McMillan at the Charlotte NFTC, so I'll refer to him for this answer.

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Paul commit No. 7 for Florida

March, 19, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators picked up commitment No. 7 on Monday night as offensive guard Joseph Paul (New Orleans, La./Saint Augustine) gave his pledge to Florida head coach Will Muschamp.

Paul chose Florida over offers from Oklahoma, Florida State, Texas and Texas A&M.

The 6-foot-4, 340-pound interior lineman said he just felt at home when he visted Florida this past weekend.

"I prayed and I asked God to give me a sign and when I woke up this morning I was thinking about Florida and I took that as my sign," Paul said. "I felt real good when I went there -- it felt like home."

Paul said that Muschamp was excited to learn of his commitment to the Gators.

"He was real excited," Paul said. "He was happy for me to be apart of the program. He told me that there was a big opportunity when I get there. He was just real excited for me to get there."

Being from New Orleans, Florida fans might be concerned that LSU might make a push, but Paul said Gators fans need not worry.

"If LSU offered, that wouldn't change my mind," Paul said. "My father taught me to be a man of my word and to stick to my word and that's what I'm going to do. I gave Florida my word and that's where I'm going to go."

So what kind of player can Florida fans expect from the massive lineman?

"They are going to get a player that works hard," he said. "A guy that's going to the best he can do to help that team win. If the opportunity comes for me to play early then I'm going to work my tail off and do the best I can in everything and strive to be the best I can be with everything I do."

Paul joins offensive guard Travaris Dorsey (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines) and Benjamin Knox (DeLand, Fla./DeLand) as Florida offensive line commits.


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