Simmons Talks Gator Commits

National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons has his plate full all year long traveling around the Southeast watching high school prospects live and even more film. He also has a great deal of input on the national rankings here on and FOX Sports Next. Simmons joins us for a new semi-monthly segment talking specifically about Florida Gator recruiting.

Chad Simmons went into great deal about several of Florida's commitments and a big prospect the Gators are after in the recruiting process.

1. Can you talk about what you like about each of Florida's four linebacker commitments? Which one do you think has a real chance of moving up in the rankings given a strong summer and fall performance?

Daniel McMillan: He is a linebacker that has all the tools to be an elite linebacker in the SEC. He moves well, he is athletic, he has a great frame, and he is a strong tackler. He is only going to get bigger, stronger, and better, so I expect him to make an early impact in Gainesville.

Quinton Powell: Long and lean is how I would describe Powell at this time. He has long arms, he has good range, and he is an athlete that can move. He has played a lot with his hand down at Mainland, so getting to see him in linebacker drills, in coverage, and running around this spring in 2012 has allowed him to showcase his skills.


Dillan Lawson: Pursuing the football is one of Lawson's biggest strengths. He plays a lot of seven and nine technique outside the tackle giving him a good lane to rush the passer or pursue the ball carrier. He has shown a solid burst in the open field and he can play physical as well.

James Hearns: Leadership is something that has always stood out to me when talking Hearns. He not only leads by example, but he leads vocally as well. He has the body to play inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme and could be a very good downhill player. He is not as athletic as the other linebackers on the UF commitment list, but a smart player, and a consistent player.

2. Which of the Florida commitments are you planning on going to see in person and evaluating this spring / summer?

I will likely see most of them in the spring/summer one way or another whether it be at The Opening, at Friday Night Lights, at a 7v7, or at spring practice. I expect to see Fulwood, McMillan, and Josh Outlaw at a spring practice in the coming weeks. I have seen numerous UF commits already in 2012 at different camps/events.

3. Which Florida prospect do you think has the tools and you would like to see more from him?

There is one guy who's game I really like, but could like even more, and that is Keanu Neal. Neal is a vicious hitter and he comes up on the play as well as any safety, but I would like to see him more in coverage, more in space, and to show his ability to find the ball, and make plays on the ball when it is behind him, and not in front of him. We all know he can play inside the box if needed, attack the football, and lay young men out, but does he have more than that in his game?


4. You got to see some of Fulwood, Brantley, Lane, Powell, and Washington this weekend, give us a sentence on each.

Ahmad Fulwood: Big target that is a long strider and he covers a lot of ground quickly. He did not catch the ball as naturally as I would have liked. He ended up with the ball in his hands most of the time, but he juggled a number of passes, let them get into his body, and just did not attack the ball with his hands as well as he should.

Caleb Brantley: Brantley carries his weight very well and he could be used in multiple ways in Florida's 3-4 front. He may be quick enough to move outside to the five technique when Florida wants to go big and that is a nice option to have. He has a good first step off the ball and plays with a lot of confidence.

Adam Lane: He looked better Sunday than he did on those fields at the Under Armour Combine in late December. He struggled catching the football out of the backfield and that could be a concern. He was solid picking up the blitz.


Quinton Powell: He definitely was out there representing UF wearing orange and blue from head to toe and he was pushing others to compete. He was up first all the time, he was stepping outside the line to encourage other linebackers, and he showed good leadership qualities. He also showed good footwork in the drills and he was better in coverage during half skeleton.

Nick Washington: When watching him during drills, he showed good hands. He caught the ball more naturally than some receivers there that day. He is a free safety in college and he showed good instincts in the half skeleton.

5. What top target in the state of Georgia do you see the Gators with a great chance at landing and would really help the recruiting class? Talk about that prospect.

Montravius Adams would be that guy. Florida is up there on his list in my opinion and they could be in line for an official visits later this year. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, and Georgia among many others will be fighting for a visit from Adams as well. He is an elite athlete for a guy with his size. He is our top defensive tackle on Scout and he has the Gators high on his list.


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