Florida Still In Pursuit of Scout300 Stars

With the final release of the Scout300 player rankings Florida finds itself with a pretty full class and still in pursuit of quite a few big time players within the Scout300. The Gators currently stand with 10 prospects residing in the Scout300, a list of the top 300 players in the country and they are still on at least that many to fill out the class which stands at 25 commitments.

Looking at losses due to graduation and the NFL draft along with some key places on the depth chart that will have to filled after next season, Florida is eying three five-star prospects that are either uncommitted or committed elsewhere.

At #11 overall and third ranked defensive tackle Montravius Adams (6-3, 285) is a five-star prospect that would help fill a big void left by starters Omar Hunter graduating and Sharrif Floyd leaving early for the NFL draft. Adams just left Gainesville this past weekend where he said, "I liked it all and I had a very good visit."

Adams is a big time player at his position.

Florida will have to replace its first 1,000 yard rusher in nine seasons with the departure of Mike Gillislee who finished his eligibility at Florida. They are looking to add to their running back list with a light roster already at the position. The #17 overall and third ranked running back, Alex Collins (5-11, 207) is a slippery and fast guy with size that already visited Florida and they would love to have him.

Collins' stock has climbed all year

One intriguing prospect that remains on the radar is USC commit and #20 overall ranked Jalen Ramsey (6-0, 190). The #2 ranked cornerback in the country pledged early to the Trojans but still keeps interest in the Gators as they do him. Florida will possibly lose a hand full of corners after 2013, so the need is definitely there for the versatile Ramsey.

Ramsey is multi-talented

Watch out for new interest in and from one of the biggest movers on the Scout300 list at #24 overall. Chris Jones (6-6, 255) is the #2 defensive end on the list and with Florida losing Lerentee McCray and Earl Okine to graduation as well as some possible roster movement at end, they need to sign another one in the 2013 class.

They don't get much better looking than Chris Jones

That is it for the five-stars on the latest Scout300, but there is more talent to sift through in the four-star category.

On offense we return to the running back position and one guy the Gators have been on strong since the beginning of the process. Ryan Green (5-10, 190) is a Florida State commitment and Nole legacy and the under Armour All-American brings some decent size and a whole lot of speed that Florida covets at the position.

Can the Gators turn the Nole commit Green

Florida is still after one more receiver and they want some speed. Another member of the Scout300 fills that bill in new Smyrna beach 4-star speed demon James Clark (5-11, 170). Clark recently visited Florida and got the offer and should return for an unofficial visit.

Clark earned the offer and is big time

Heading over to the defensive side there are two more defensive linemen the Gators covet inside the Scout300. Elijah Daniel (6-3, 260) of Avon, Indiana was made for the BUCK position at Florida. He may have only one more visit left on his plate and that would be to Florida on the last visit weekend. Back at defensive tackle Port St Lucie 4-star Jaynard Bostwick (6-4, 270) is being heavily recruited by everyone in the south and will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend as Alabama celebrates their latest national championship. Florida wants him to make it through that weekend and still have a shot.

Daniel brings it every play

The Gators are almost done at linebacker and it appears 4-star Quinton Powell (6-2, 190) of Daytona Beach Mainland is the last one they are looking at. The Under Armour All-American was previously committed to the Gators but shortly after visiting officially in December, he decided to open things back up. Florida lost two linebackers this year and will lose more after the 2013 season with an already short roster rotation at the position.

Immokalee cornerback Mackensie Alexander (5-11, 185) is another big time player and played in the Army All-American game. That he is an in-state kid is a plus, but his recruitment has been much on the secret side. As mentioned before, Florida needs numbers at corner but will only fill with quality and another cornerback to watch for is Georgia commitment Shaquille Wiggins (5-10, 160). He has been to Gainesville numerous times and is scheduled to officially visit on January 19th.

Can Wiggins be swayed from the Dawgs?

With 25 commitments in the bank, so to speak, Florida has room for 5-6 more in the 2013 class. There are a few more prospects that they are recruiting that do not appear above, but most should come from this list.

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