Who's off to a fast start 

September, 20, 2011
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Checking in to see how some programs are doing on the 2013 recruiting classes.

Florida Gators
Although there's plenty to do for the Gators in the Class of 2012, they have already made some strong in-roads in the Class of 2013. Although some Gators fans were surprised Florida lost out on Yulee (Fla.) running back Derrick Henry to Georgia, it appears that the staff covets Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage's Greg Bryant more. Bryant (5-foot-10, 195) has also recently said that the Gators hold a slight advantage over Georgia for his services. Another well-known running back is Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Day's Kelvin Taylor. The 5-10, 190-pound son of former Gator and NFL star Fred Taylor could also be brought in as well. Florida will also look at Lake City (Fla.) Columbia lineman Laremy Tunsil to anchor their offensive line class and will battle FSU for his services. On defense the Gators will be battling FSU and South Florida for Hargreaves. Even though defensive athlete Jayron Kearse (Fort Myers, Fla./Cypress Lake) is committed to Auburn, expect Florida to keep tabs on the nephew of former Gator pass rusher Jevon Kearse. Other names to watch out for include defensive backs Marcell Harris (Groveland, Fla./South Lake), Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) and athlete William Likely (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central).

Florida State Seminoles
The Seminoles' first commit in the Class of 2013 came from the state of Alabama where Prattville offensive lineman Austin Golson (6-5, 270 pounds) committed after a visit for one of the program's junior days. Plantation (Fla.) defensive back Sojourn Shelton (5-9, 160) committed to the Seminoles after taking in a few sessions of Jimbo Fisher's football camp in the summer. The Seminoles will continue to target offensive linemen and at the top of their wish list is Tunsil, but will battle Florida for him. Florida State would love to add ultra-talented defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) to the fold and appeared to be in good shape after Hargreaves went to their camp. However in recent weeks the 6-foot, 180-pounder has spoken highly of Florida as well. One other thing on Hargreaves: his father is an assistant at South Florida and the Bulls will always be in play. Expect the staff to target more offensive playmakers like Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast wide receiver Stacy Coley and Tampa Middleton's Richard Benjamin. FSU has always had success at Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast and their top prospect, linebacker Daniel McMillan, could be an early commit. Other names to look out for include wide receiver Taj Williams (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) and defensive back Nick Washington (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian).

Miami Hurricanes
Miami remains a big question mark to most of the 2013 recruits due to potential NCAA sanctions. While speculation is never good for a program it's especially bad timing for Miami because the talent pool in South Florida is considerably high for next year. Last month Bryant said he was a Hurricanes fan but was forced to put them on the backburner because of his concerns. Two big targets for Miami on offense would be Coley and Davie (Fla.) University School wide receiver Jordan Cunningham. The Hurricanes will continue to work to build depth at all three levels of defense and will try to lure St. Thomas Aquinas defensive lineman Joey Bosa to the campus. Other local defensive standouts include defensive back Jamal Carter (Miami, Fla./Southridge) and linebacker Matthew Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington). There are plenty of local riches for the Hurricanes to choose from if the prospects aren't scared away by the NCAA penalties. One thing working in Miami's favor is coach Al Golden, who has quickly earned the respect of prospects and high school coaches in the area.

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Corey Long

Reporter, RecruitingNation

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