Florida Gators: Stacy Coley

Coley to make signing day decision 

November, 7, 2012
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ESPN 150 wide receiver Stacy Coley (Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast) received his Under Armour All-America Game jersey on Wednesday, but the 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior isn’t ready to reveal many details of his recruitment.

With Northeast heading to the playoffs as district champions, Coley will likely wait until after his season before he figures out his future.

"Right now I’m still interested in all of the schools that have offered me," Coley said. "I haven’t made any decisions beyond that."
While ESPN 300 wide receiver Richard Benjamin (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Bay Tech) is not likely to make or break a recruiting class, the 6-foot, 190-pound senior's surprising departure from UCF's class does force the Knights to do a little scrambling.

At the end of July the Knights were sitting pretty with Benjamin securely in the fold and seemingly in the lead for ESPN 150 athlete Alvin Bailey. With two ranked four-star playmakers in the same class, the Knights could have been headed to the Big East with some big names.

But as we approach the end of August, things have taken a turn for the worse. First, the UCF program was hit with NCAA sanctions that included a loss of scholarships and any postseason play in 2012. Now Benjamin's decommitment leaves more questions than answers about UCF's 2013 recruiting class.

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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

July, 17, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer your questions. Because of the number 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. Astute readers will also notice a new spot on our homepage where you can submit mailbag questions about the Gators and/or UF recruiting at any time. We read every question we receive.

secrocks2000: With Josh McNeil postponing his announcement and not visiting UGA for their camp and coming to Florida's Friday Night Lights camp do you think UF has a chance?

A: Yes, Florida certainly has a chance with the talented tight end. I think it's very telling that he postponed his announcement and did not visit Georgia for Dawg Night. With a successful Friday Night Lights trip, the Gators could be in good position to land McNeil -- if they decide to take a tight end this early.

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ATHENS, Ga. -- There was an abundance of talent expected at Sanford Stadium on Friday for Dawg Night, but few could have predicted that ESPN 150 wide receiver Stacy Coley (Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast) would show up for the event. That is because Coley is fairly quiet regarding his recruitment.

Having made the trip to Athens with several standouts from his area who were competing, Coley was able to get a close look at how the University of Georgia coaching staff operates on the field.

"I enjoyed watching the coaches work with the guys and explain things," Coley said. "I enjoyed it here."

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GatorNation recruiting mailbag

June, 28, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPN's GatorNation took questions on Twitter for this week's recruiting mailbag. Because of the amount of questions we 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."

kendallland1 and DK_Thompson: Any sleepers or guys who aren't household names out there we should know about since UF is down to only about five to seven more recruits (barring attrition)?

A: Hard to really call him a sleeper at this point but Gainesville (Fla.) High School wide receiver Chris Thompson performed well at Florida's camp recently and the Gators are seriously considering offering him. If Florida were to miss out on other prospects such as Demarcus Robinson, Florida could certainly end up using that scholarship on a guy like Thompson. Four-star tight end Desean Smith isn't really a sleeper, but you don't hear his name come up much when Florida's class is mentioned. Smith has legitimate interest in the Gators, however, and there is a real possibility he could visit Gainesville in the next few weeks. Also, defensive end Eric Mayes (Sarasota, Fla./Booker) is a prospect on whom Florida is keeping close tabs. If Demarcus Walker falls through, the Gators could look to Mayes to fill their strong-side defensive end hole.

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Top prospects countdown - No. 3 

May, 24, 2012
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There are six or seven spots left in Florida's 2013 class and a few needs to fill. Some of the top prospects in the nation are considering the Gators, and it would be difficult to turn them away. So GatorNation is ranking the top 12 uncommitted prospects for Florida this week, two-a-day. We’ll also add comments by some of our Insider subscribers from The Chompions Club premium message board.

No. 3

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Courtesy Hubert WorleyRyan Buchanan has suddenly become the top quarterback on Florida's board.
Derek Tyson's pick: QB Ryan Buchanan (Jackson, Miss./Jackson Prep)

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Top prospects countdown - No. 11 

May, 18, 2012
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There are six or seven spots left in Florida's 2013 class and a few needs to fill. Some of the top prospects in the nation are considering the Gators, and it would be difficult to turn them away. So GatorNation will rank the top 12 uncommitted prospects for Florida over the next six weekdays, two-a-day style. We’ll also add comments by some of our Insider subscribers from The Chompions Club premium message board.

No. 11

Stacy Coley
Miller Safrit/ESPN.comWide receiver Stacy Coley is one of the WR targets the Seminoles are after.
Derek Tyson's pick: WR Stacy Coley (Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast)

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With several months remaining until signing day the Florida Gators have already secured commitments from 15 prospects, including seven in the ESPN 150 national rankings.

The Gators have met needs at the wide receiver, running back, offensive line, linebacker and safety positions. With holes that still need to be filled and a limited number of scholarships still available, lets take a look at the hot five Florida prospects. This list is not only players that Florida would like to sign based on need, but a list of players that have mutual interested in the Gators.

1. OL, Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) -- What more can be said about Tunsil? He's athletic, he's powerful and he lives right down the street from Gainesville. Florida needs to add depth along the offensive line, specifically at tackle, and Tunsil is a guy who could contend for playing time as soon as he walks onto campus. His recruitment will likely carry on until signing day, but Tunsil is important enough to wait on.

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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.

Joakim4Prez9713: Are we turning up the heat on Ira Denson? Is it true we're in his top schools even without an offer?

A: Yes, it's true Florida is pursuing Denson, and it's also correct that Florida is among his top schools without an offer. His impressive performance at the Orlando NFTC has definitely caught the attention of some major programs. Florida is being cautious, though, and quite honestly I don't blame them. There is a reason Denson didn't have many offers. His junior film is OK, nothing that would blow anyone away. But after getting in better shape and having a strong offseason, he looked the part of a big-time offensive lineman in Orlando. Florida is showing interest, but the coaches want to see him in person with the pads on before deciding whether to offer. Keep in mind Florida has commitments from three linemen who could all play inside. So the Gators can be very selective with guard prospects like Denson.

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WR Coley looking at all options 

April, 20, 2012
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Northeast (Oakland Park, Fla.) wide receiver Stacy Coley still has plenty of mail to sift through but hopes to trim his list by the end of the spring, according to Northeast head coach Donnell Bennett.

"Right now Stacy is still wide open," Bennett said. "He hasn't made any decisions yet, but I'm hoping we'll get it done by the end of spring."

Bennett has been assisting the 2013 Under Armour All-American with his recruitment and speaking to the majority of the coaches who have called during the spring evaluation period.

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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

March, 21, 2012
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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comDE Robert Nkemdiche is one of the most coveted prospects in the nation for 2013.
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.

DK_Thompson - What is the staff's strategy for recruiting WR and O-line?

A: The wide receiver and the offensive line positions are huge areas of need for the Gators in this recruiting cycle. Florida has one verbal commitment at the receiver position (Rodney Adams) and none on the offensive line. With Florida likely taking three to four receivers in this class and the state of Florida loaded with quality receivers, the Gators can afford to be selective. Ahmad Fulwood, Stacy Coley, Francis Owusu, Marquez North and maybe a select others are some of the few receivers Florida would take right now. Otherwise, they will likely wait to see some prospects in camp before making a final decision in who they want to target and in what order.

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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

March, 14, 2012
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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.

Rodney Adams
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comRodney Adams is the first receiver commitment in Florida's 2013 class.
flgator9606: Why are WRs lining up for UF this recruiting cycle but that did not happen last cycle?

A: Well for one there were not many elite wide receivers in the southeast in the 2012 class. Florida targeted top prospects such as Nelson Agholor and Stefon Diggs and felt good about landing both. Obviously losing Charlie Weis just before signing day did not help, but it appeared as though Florida put all of its eggs in those two baskets. For the 2013 class there are several top in-state prospects, such as Ahmad Fulwood, Stacy Coley, Reggie Davis, Taj Williams, Richard Benjamin, Rodney Adams and Travis Johnson. Expect the Gators to land three or four receivers in 2013.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill had a pretty memorable birthday on Saturday.

The Gators landed six verbal commitments including five-star running back Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glades, Fla./Glades Day), for whom Hill was the primary recruiter. Hill also helped Florida land talented St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood wide receiver Rodney Adams.

Taylor was a big pick-up for the Gators. Florida has struggled to land top backs over the last six years due in large part to running the spread offense. With the addition of Taylor and Adam Lane (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven) the Gators have two running back commitments who are ranked with five- and four-stars, respectively, by ESNPU.

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Corey LongClass of 2013 RB Kelvin Taylor will be one of many underclassmen at Florida's junior day.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Junior day is where it all begins.

Florida has gotten its class of 2013 off to a great start with four commitments, but the first big junior day always sets the tone for the rest of the recruiting cycle. That day is Saturday.

Five-star safety and ESPNU 150 watch list prospect Nick Washington will be making the short trek from Jacksonville to Gainesville. Washington has seen the Florida campus several times, but he wants to use this opportunity to get his parents acquainted with what Florida has to offer.

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Williams
Corey LongTaj Williams is the next big-time WR to come through Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln HS.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With a talented group of receivers hailing from the state of Florida, the Gators should be able to sign their fair share of top playmakers in 2013.

Florida was only able to sign two wide receivers -- Latroy Pittman and Raphael Andrades -- from the state of Florida for the 2012 recruiting class. Pittman is a four-star prospect, and the three-star Andrades was a late addition to the class when Nelson Agholor chose USC over Florida.

Moving forward to the 2013 class, the Gators would like to land four top receivers. The list is led by five-star prospects Stacy Coley, Jordan Cunningham and Ahmad Fulwood from ESPNU's early top 100. Here's a look at some of the top wideouts in the state:

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