Tough Day, Now Focus Elsewhere

The Florida Gators missed on a couple of top prospects Monday and now must turn their attention elsewhere. Hamilton County (GA) defensive end Jordan Jenkins decided he would stay in state and go to Georgia while Mt. San Antonio Junior College lineman Junior Salt broke his commitment to Florida and will stay closer to home to attend Utah. A good class for Florida will still only get better.

Florida started the weekend in grand fashion with the commitment of Jonathan Bullard from Shelby (NC) Crest. The monster 6-4, 260 pound end is a big time get for Florida head coach Will Muschamp and the largest five-star end Florida has landed in maybe a decade. Bullard was a star at the Army All-American Bowl last week.

For Florida, the current silver lining in missing the two prospects is the fact that there are still a group of names on the board to fill spots on the defensive line. While they aren't going to find a massive body like Salt moving forward and the athleticism of Jenkins might be tough to get, there are still some terrific names up front for the Gators to go hard after.

At the top of that list are a couple of 5-star defensive ends in Darius Hamilton (6-4, 245) of Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey and St. Petersburg Lakewood's Dante Fowler (6-3, 240).

Hamilton tore it up in the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio this week and is due in with his parents for a second visit to Florida to check it out after an official visit back in December.

Fowler is currently committed to Florida State and has been for quite some time. However, he always maintained some sort of interest in Florida and continues to do so. He has visited the Gators multiple times and is scheduled for a January 20th official visit which will now come after his January 13th official visit to Florida State.

Leonard Williams is another super four-star defensive end Florida is pursuing. From nearby Daytona Beach Mainland HS, Williams is the biggest of the group at 6-5 and 265 pounds. Williams was very disruptive in his week at the Under Armour All-American game and someone that has been on Florida's radar for over a year now.

Two North Carolina defensive ends the Gators are in pursuit of are Alex McCalister (6-6, 223) of Clemmons West Forsyth and Jamal Marcus (6-3, 245) of Durham Hillside. Both players have made great strides in their senior season and have scheduled visits to Florida. McCalister sis due in for his official this week and will decide on January 17th.

Getting two more of the above group is important to add to Bullard, and fellow end Quinteze Williams (6-4, 260) of Tyrone (GA) sandy Creek. They would also join current defensive tackle commitments Jafar Mann (6-4, 290) of Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson , Omari Phillips (6-6, 270) of Venice and JuCo Damien Jacobs (6-4, 300) of Scooba (MS).

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