Assessing the Board with 1 Week Left

There is a week left until signing day and while a couple of the prospects left on Florida's recruiting board may wait until after signing day, the Gators are set up for a wild and wooly finish one way or another. With seven days left, there are about 13 prospects left and maybe only four will decide before signing day. Here is a look at the list and my thoughts.

There seem to only be three offensive prospects left on the board for Florida head coach Will Muschamp. The Gators have filled most of their needs on offense, but a trio of stars would round out the class nicely and fill some probably holes in the roster as well.

The Gators do not know what they have on roster at quarterback. Almost the entire offensive staff is new and because of that and the change in style of play, getting players that can play their style is imperative. We already know that Trey Burton will be moved to defense and the likelihood of Jordan Reed playing pro-style quarterback is not very good. John Brantley will be a senior and Tyler Murphy may or may not stay at the position.

The Gators brought in Jeff Driskel, but given the list above, he may be the only one with a future past 2011 at the position. That puts a premium on Jacoby Brissett of Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer. The strong armed quarterback who has three friends already on campus from his 2009 state championship team is a natural fit for Charlie Weis' offense. Brissett has been given the fullcourt press and the Gators are definitely in the mix on this one all the way to signing day.

The Gators wanted a couple of big receivers in the class and with the wavering of JaJuan Story, getting a Junior Pomee to come on board would help fill that void that the class doesn't have at the moment. Despite his lack of public acknowledgment, the Gators seem to be squarely in the mix for this Moreno Valley (CA) Rancho Verde and in large part to his friendship with current Gator sophomore Ronald Powell.

Finishing off the offense we move to the line and tackle Jake Fisher of Traverse City (MI). The four-star tackle was previously committed to Michigan and the locals are really fighting to get him back in the fold. However, the talk is he wants to get out of there and considering his top three at the moment are Michigan, Michigan State, and Florida, that should give Florida a real chance. He does visit Oregon this last weekend before signing day.

The defensive line will be the big talk this weekend as at least three big time prospects on the board will be visiting. Tackle is a big need with only four on scholarship, and Florida has three names left on the board.

There is a very small glimmer of hope with Lake City Columbia's five-star Tim Jernigan who said he would visit Gainesville this week sometime, but that still has not happened. Jernigan has been looking elsewhere for quite a while and Florida looks to be third in a three-team race that includes Florida State and LSU.

John Jenkins will make the trip to Gainesville this weekend and the Mississippi Gulf Coast lineman is a huge need. If the Gators want to use a 3-4 alignment at all, they have nobody on the current roster that fits the nose tackle position profile like Jenkins. Jenkins just visited Georgia who appears to be the team to beat at the moment. His last visit will come to Gainesville this weekend where the Gators are going to put a major sell on him.

Elkino Watson was one Florida looked good for until Miami got in the picture late. The Booker T Washington quick tackle got a late offer from Miami and visited here last weekend. The big worry was him committing right after the visit and luckily for Florida, that didn't happen. That is the good sign on him moving forward. Florida has the bonus of having two of his former teammates on the squad (Lynden Trail and Quinton Dunbar) and should be in this one until the end.

The Gators would like to land a big defensive end or two and two of them will be visiting this weekend. Tevin Westbrook of Coconut Creek North Broward has size (6-5, 240) and speed to make a difference at the collegiate level. Florida is facing off with North Carolina, South Florida, and Texas A&M to land Westbrook.

Five-star end Jermauria Rasco is also expected in this weekend. Rasco is from Shreveport (LA) and up until last weekend there was a real thought he may be ready to make a move out of the Bayou State. LSU put the whammy on him this past weekend and now it appears a real uphill battle to land Rasco. Still, Florida can show the biggest need out of anyone on his list and will put on a show as well.

The Gators need to land at least one big linebacker in the class and would like to add two with superior size. Curtis Grant fits that bill and the Richmond (VA) backer is the No. 1 outside linebacker in the country on Scout.com. Florida is believed to be right there with Ohio State and Virginia for Grant, who still has a visit to North Carolina coming this weekend.

Stephone Anthony of Wadesboro (NC) has been one prospect that has always really liked the Gators. A recent trip to Clemson has opened the eyes of the five-star backer, but Florida will be on his mind all the way through signing day. This is one along with Grant that Florida could get in the end.

Another big linebacker that is seemingly fairly new to the board is four-star Graham Stewart of Middleton (CT). The fact is Stewart has had an offer from Florida ever since the summer and has had an interest in the Gators that long. Will Muschamp has stepped up the interest from this end and the Boston College commitment could really swing the Gators way and this one could happen before signing day.

Rounding out the possible linebackers on the board is Dwyer's Curt Maggitt. Maggitt has been pretty quiet with his recruitment not letting on too much about where he is leaning. Once thought to be a "Gator lock", Maggitt seemed to change his stance a few times. Now, most believe he is looking hard again at the Gators along with teammate Jacoby Brissett. The Gators should have a really good shot here.

Finally, there is one secondary prospect still on the board. Cornerback Marcus Roberson is a big time player and the Texas Tech commitment visited Florida this past weekend and had a good visit. Roberson committed to Texas Tech out of the blue last week, a place where his uncle coaches the secondary. However, it does appear that Florida has a real shot here as well.


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