The Opening: Experts Talk Gator Line Recruits

Day two saw a lot more action at ‘The Opening' and the prospects the Florida gators are trying to land made some noise as well. Several of these prospts stood out along the trenches and the FOX Sports NEXT team of experts talked about them.

FSN analyst Greg Biggins watched a lot of the offensive linemen on Saturday and came away very impressed with Miami Booker T Washington monster Denver Kirkland. The relationship between Florida and Kirkland is a bit of an unknown, but there is interest there. According to Biggins Kirkland "had a very good day… and is another intriguing guard prospect with a big upside. He plays with a lot of passion and just the right amount of nastiness.'

According to Biggins, Kirkland shows the ability to let the game come to him.

"He stays patient, which is hard to do when your first reaction when the ball is snapped is to let your adrenaline run wild and play out of control," Biggins said. "He stayed back, kept his technique solid, showed good feet and then was able to physically finish plays.

On the defensive side of the trenches, FSN national analyst Chad Simmons had four Gator prospects in the top five at defensive end or defensive tackle.

At 310 pounds, Simmons sees extraordinary quickness in Gator commitment Caleb Brantley of Crescent City.

"Brantley continues to show a very good first step," Simmons said of the early Florida pledge. "He has a body that makes people think he is more of a space-eater, but he is a defensive tackle that really likes to get up the field. He can hit the gaps and he did that on day two. When he uses his quickness to get a step on the OL, it is over."

A late addition to the Gators recruiting board is Auburn (CA) 5-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes. The 310 defensive tackle has a lot of the same intangibles that Brantley seems to have.

"Over the two days these prospects have been competing, Vanderdoes has been one of the best," Simmons said. "He has good feet for a big interior DL and he plays with very good strength. He is more than just someone who can plug space in the middle. He can get up the field and help collapse the pocket."

On the outside Florida likes monster ends and even though he is listed as a tackle on the network Jacksonville Sandalwood DE Demarcus Walker fits the bill for what Florida head coach Will Muschamp likes on the edges and up front. Simmons is really starting to see the talent that the 6-4, 285 pound Walker possesses.

"Walker is one of those kids that keeps moving up the charts," Simmons wrote Saturday. "He started just out of the Scout100, he is now no. 71, and look for him to move up a little more soon. He is a very athletic big man, he could play end in a 3-4 or tackle in a 4-3, and be successful at either spot. He really used his hands well today and showed great leg drive against double-team blocks."

Florida likes the BUCK position to play as a SAM linebacker at times and other times play as a rush defensive end. Tampa Hillsborough's Jordan Sherit is at the top of the board at the position for the Gators and Simmons likes his athleticism for his size.

"Sherit is a very versatile prospect and he is being recruited to play end, linebacker, and tight end by different schools," Simmons wrote. "He just played linebacker in the IMG 7v7 last week and played it well, but he did well with his hand on the ground Saturday too. He may be best suited to play more of that hybrid where he plays with his hand down in passing situations, but he is athletic, he has the frame to add more good weight, and he is open to playing anywhere."

Tre Bell is the little big man

One of the commits that seems to not have been scouted as much by many is Jersey City (NJ) St Peters Prep cornerback Tre Bell. According to FOX Sports NEXT Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy, Bell is a guy that's looks can be deceiving. Listed at 5-11 and 165 pounds, Bell plays much bigger.

"At first glance, Tre Bell looks like someone's little brother came out to play," Kennedy said. "He looks tiny. Turns out though, little brother can play. He's outstanding in coverage with a good break on the ball and a feel for the routes being run. He has quick hands and makes the play once he's in position. The strength and weight will come with time. The instincts and quickness are already there."

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