Florida Gators: SEC< Recruiting

Weekend Rewind: Florida 

December, 17, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida didn't bring many visitors this weekend -- only four prospects made official visits, but it was once again a very productive recruiting weekend for the Gators.

Three-star linebacker Jarrad Davis (Kingsland, Ga./Camden Co.), who was one of Florida's official visitors, switched his commitment from Auburn to Florida on Saturday.

Camden County head coach Jeff Herron said Davis wasn't even sure if Florida would offer.

Trenton Brown will add size, depth to OL 

December, 9, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With the addition of Trenton Brown (Albany, Ga./Georgia Military College) the Gators have now helped add depth and size to an offensive line unit that was once thought to be a weakness coming into next season.

Add Brown to a unit that now includes Jon Halapio, D.J. Humphries, Jon Harrison, Chaz Green, Maryland transfer Max Garcia, former Nebraska transfer Tyler Moore and other commitments Cam Dillard (Canton, Mich./Canton) and Octavius Jackson (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt Co.) and the Gators have what could potentially be one of the top offensive line units in the SEC next season.

At 6-foot-8, 340-pounds, Brown has unique size that is reminiscent of former Florida offensive tackle and current Pittsburgh Steeler Max Starks. Brown has the body type that Florida head coach Will Muschamp is looking for in his linemen.

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Gators add OL Trenton Brown 

December, 9, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Massive offensive lineman Trenton Brown (Albany, Ga./Georgia Military College) verbally committed to play for Florida early Sunday morning. Brown, a former Georgia commit, chose Florida over Oklahoma and Florida State.

The 6-foot-8, 340-pound tackle prospect announced his decision via his twitter handle @512_ItsNMe: "Gator Chompin' #GatorNation join me Oh and add me to that #1 recruiting class." Brown later confirmed to RecruitingNation writer Kipp Adams via text message that he had committed.

Brown originally set a decision date for Dec. 19, but decided to go ahead and make his pledge public now and since he is at a prep school, he will be able to sign with Florida on the 19th and enroll at UF in January.

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Key prospects expected in the Swamp 

November, 16, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With big home SEC showdowns against LSU and South Carolina this season, the Gators have had a few opportunities to impress recruits. This week's game against Jacksonville State won't have high stakes, but the Gators are expected to bring in some key prospects to the Swamp.

[+] EnlargeEbenezer Ogundeko
Jeff Peoples/IntersportEbenezer Ogundeko is New York's top prospect and the No. 108 player in the ESPN 150.
Headlining the group will be two official visitors, ESPN 150 defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Jefferson) and junior college prospect Darious Cummings (Scooba, Miss./EMCC). Ogundeko, an Under Armour All-American, says he is looking forward to seeing how he fits in with Florida.

"I'm really just looking forward to how comfortable I am down there," Ogundeko said, "and how I fit in with Florida's defense."

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2014 UF recruiting breakdown: DBs 

November, 13, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- As we get closer and closer to spotlighting the class of 2014, GatorNation will give you a position-by-position look at a few 2014 prospects to keep an eye on.

Some prospects have already been offered, but there are plenty of names that will start to pop up along the way. Here is a look at a few of the top defensive backs in the 2014 class.

Needs: 2 safeties, 2-3 cornerbacks

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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

November, 8, 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.

[+] EnlargeMontravious Adams
Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comFive-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams is one of Florida's top remaining targets.
Scot5013: Calling all defensive tackles ... who will UF land, Greg Gilmore or Montravius Adams?

A: Florida will have its work cut out for both players. Gilmore will make his decision on Thursday night between Florida and LSU. After a weekend visit to LSU (and the Tigers having been his long-time leader), I have to think LSU is the team he will chose on Thursday night. As for Adams, the Gators have made a very big impression on him, but so did the Bulldogs when he visited Athens. At this point, I'm not sure Florida gets either player, but they aren't very far behind for either guy.

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Florida recruiting: The Hot Five 

November, 6, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- There are three months left until national signing day and the Gators have a majority of their 2013 recruiting class filled. With 20 verbal commitments, Florida has roughly five remaining empty slots to fill. Here's a closer look at how they could potentially be filled.

1. S Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) -- The ESPN 150 safety has a top four of Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas. The Gators and Longhorns appear to be the top two teams he is considering. Harris announced last week he would make his college decision Nov. 16. Florida looks to be in a good position to land the Under Armour All-American. Florida will likely lose Matt Elam to the NFL and Harris would have a chance to compete for early playing time.

2. OT Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) -- Florida might be a long shot for the No. 3-ranked player in the country, but he is well worth the effort. Tunsil continues to have Georgia and Alabama as his top two schools, but he continues to show interest in the Gators. He has visited Gainesville twice this season and Florida will have depth issues at tackle next year. Tunsil will wait until signing day to make his decision, and as long as he is showing some interest in Florida, the Gators will continue to pursue the talented tackle prospect.

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Fulwood looks to be a difference-maker 

November, 4, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In Florida's 14-7 victory over SEC East opponent Missouri on Saturday afternoon, the Gators' leading wide receiver, Quinton Dunbar, had two receptions for 13 yards. ESPN 150 wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), a Florida commit, hopes he can help improve on that kind of production next year.

The 6-foot-4, 189-pound athlete believes he can help Florida create more of a vertical passing attack in his freshman season.

"I believe I can stretch the field," Fulwood said. "With the receivers they got right now -- quick, speedy guys -- I feel like I can stretch it out and make it a more wide-open offense, open up the run game more. Not that it's not open enough, but with that now you have another weapon to work with. I'm just trying to add another weapon to the offense. Hopefully I can fit in really well, just get to squeeze my way in there.

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Recruits react to Florida win

October, 21, 2012
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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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

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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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2014 OL Garrett Brumfield enjoys UF visit 

October, 7, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Garrett Brumfield (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory School) will likely be one of the top interior linemen in the Southeast next season. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound 2014 guard/center prospect visited Florida for its game against LSU on Saturday and came away impressed with what he saw from the Gators.

"I enjoyed it," Brumfield said. "It was my second time getting out to Gainesville. I had a pretty good time. It was a good opportunity and a good experience. Both teams played pretty well and both teams' defenses played awesome.

"Florida was able to capitalize on some mistakes by LSU and it turned out great for them. Florida's offensive line really stepped up in the fourth quarter and was able to get some good blocks and make some big holes."

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Tre Bell, Keanu Neal, Nick WashingtonESPN.comCornerback Tre Bell, safety Keanu Neal and safety Nick Washington were recently joined in the UF class of 2013 by cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The commitment of five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) last Thursday, solidified Florida's incoming defensive back's class as one of the top groups in the country.

Vernon Hargreaves
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comFive-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves is one of the top prospects in the nation.
Joining Hargreaves, the No. 1-ranked corner in the country, at Florida will be four-star cornerback Tre' Bell, and safeties Keanu "Kiki" Neal and Nick Washington, the No. 6- and 11-ranked players at their position in the nation, respectively.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Defensive end Antonio Riles (Lawrencville, Ga./Archer) committed to Florida on Friday afternoon. The 6-foot-4, 261-pound athlete, chose the Gators over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Louisville and Michigan State among others.

Riles said the academics at Florida played a key role in his decision to commit.

"Everything felt right," Riles said. "From the academics standpoint, I feel like I can't lose there as far as academics, athletics and everything else."

Riles, a four-star prospect by ESPN, said he wanted to commit at Friday Night Lights tonight but was not able to attend.

"I wanted to go down there today at Friday Night Lights and make it official to coach [Will] Muschamp face-to-face, but unfortunately I couldn't make it down there," he said. "I had to go ahead and call him and tell him. He was real happy. He said he was fired up about it."

With Riles commitment, the Gators now have 18 commits ranked four-stars or higher by ESPN. Riles becomes the first defensive end to commit to the Gators and the 10th defensive prospect overall. Florida's 2013 recruiting class is the No. 3-ranked class in the country.

Tyson's Take: DE Jordan Sherit 

June, 25, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With 18 verbal commitments and just over seven months until signing day, the Gators have filled about 75 percent of their recruiting class. Over the next two weeks, GatorNation will take a look at some uncommitted prospects who could end up in the Florida Gators' recruiting class. Some of them are highly rated and some might surprise you. Next up is defensive end Jordan Sherit (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough).

Why he could end up in Florida's class

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comDefensive end Jordan Sherit is a four-star prospect ranked No. 254 in the ESPN 300.
Sherit has visited Gainesville three times since the spring football game and he admits distance could play a factor in his college decision. Florida's depth at defensive end is not very good, and with his athletic ability, the 6-foot-4, 238-pound Sherit could be in a position to earn early playing time if he chose the Gators. The proximity to home combined with his fondness for the Florida coaching staff could be enough to convince the four-star defensive end to pick UF.

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Will Muschamp camp rewind 

June, 18, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With two verbal commitments and several top 2013, 2014 and 2015 prospects visiting Florida this past week, the annual Will Muschamp football camp should be considered a success for the Gators. Here are some highlights:

Commitments: 2014 wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson (Ft. Myers, Fla./Dunbar) and 2013 defensive tackle Joey Ivie (Dade City, Fla./ Pasco)

Notes: With Bronson becoming Florida's first 2014 commitment on Thursday, the Gators landed another tall, talented receiving threat. Bronson accounted for over 400 yards receiving and five touchdowns as a junior despite missing six games with an injury. For 2013, Ivie joins Caleb Brantley (Crescent City, Fla./Crescent City) as Florida's only defensive tackle commits. Ivie pulled the trigger on Saturday after camping at UF. The 6-foot-4, 271-pound athlete, will give Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn someone versatility along the defensive line. Ivie is athletic enough to play end, but physical enough to be a very productive tackle on the next level.

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