The Gators are done at quarterback and Brentwood Academy (TN) gunslinger Max Staver is the guy. A big arm and leadership skills are a big part of his game and he continues to recruit hard for the Gators in this 2013 class.
Committed: Record setter Kelvin Taylor of Belle Glade is already in the fold and on campus as an early enrollee. He was an early cow bell for this class drawing attention with his early commitment and the look of recruits with it. Adam Lane of Winter Haven stays solid to the Gator Nation and was the first commitment to the class. He was home this weekend.
Still Trying:The Gators are trying desperately to get FSU commitment and four-star running back Ryan Green to visit. Green has always been high on the list even after he committed to the Noles. He's a Nole legacy and would be hard to turn from his childhood favorite. Five-star running back Alex Collins finished his Miami official visit and still says that Florida is in the mix. However, the distance between he and Florida seems to be growing a great deal.
Kennard Swanson of Lakeland lake Gibson is the only name we know and the one-time LSU commitment is a big time player. There was a lot of heat coming before his weekend visit to Gainesville officially that he could commit, but if it happened it is under the radar. I think this one will happen, but we must be patient.
Committed: Alvin Bailey of Seffner Armwood was supposed to come in for his official over the weekend but decided to postpone his visit a week when his former teammate Matt Jones decided to go home for the long weekend. Gainesville High School speedster visited the weekend before and had a great time.. we are still trying to catch up.
Ahmad Fulwood came over from Jacksonville on Saturday to visit the others on an official and o take in the basketball game versus Missouri. Fulwood has been another big recruiter for the Gators. Marqui Hawkins finally made his official visit after postponing one from December. He tweeted all weekend about the trip and we will be catching up with him soon. Finally four-star Demarcus Robinson is already enrolled, but went home for the long holiday weekend.
Still Trying: The big news among receivers during the week is that we finally heard from FSU commitment Kermit Whitfield of Orlando jones when he made it public he would be officially visiting the Gators this weekend. It is still a long shot, but there is a chance if he actually makes it to campus. That should happen. Meanwhile, New Smyrna Beach speedster James Clark will likely not officially visit Florida and instead visit Ohio State. He hasn't ruled out the Gators, but this can't be a good sign for the guys in orange and blue. He had a really good visit to Clemson this past weekend and says his list is down to Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State.
The Gators started showing interest in Frankfort (KY) speedy receiver Ryan Timmons. Timmons was being recruited to Kentucky by Joker Phillips and now as the Gator receiver coach, he has showed a great deal of interest as well. After visiting Kentucky this past weekend, Timmons says he may go ahead and announce this next week before he even visits Florida, so this is something to watch.
It is apparent the Gators are trying to add a little more speed at receiver with the three guys they are looking at. If there is someone else that has that one intangible that they can pursue, I wouldn't rule that out.
Committed: Florida is basically done on the offensive line. Tyler Moore transferred in from Nebraska and is already on campus. Trenton Brown of Georgia military has already signed his LOI and although he didn't make it in the spring like was hoped, he is bound to the LOI unless he still isn't qualified in June.
Center Cameron Dillard who is a Gator legacy and was one of the bigger recruiters for the class early in the process. Dillard keeps a low profile and is anxious to sign in a couple of weeks. Roderick Johnson continues to tweet everything he plans on accomplishing when he arrives at Florida. Johnson is my pick as the most underrated in the class. Octavius Jackson just visited Florida officially and left very pleased with the trip according to the interview he did with Jason Higdon.
Still Trying: Na'Ty Rodgers was a quick one and as soon as he was on the board he was off as he committed to South Carolina this week. The only other one that we know of right now is Laremy Tunsil and he has basically eliminated Florida from any conversation in his recruitment.
Committed: Jordan Sherit of Tampa Hillsborough traveled to Gainesville this weekend to help recruit with his classmates. The four-star Sherit is the likely he highest rated BUCK prospect in Florida and in the top three in the southeast. Antonio Riles made his official visit to Florida as well and told me that he has a whole new love and respect for his committed school and the people involved in the interview I did with him. He is still hearing from Georgia and will still talk to the Georgia staff.
Still Trying: Sherit's top priority over the weekend was the number one prospect in the country in Robert Nkemdiche who made somewhat of a surprise official visit. All reports from inside and on twitter have Nkemdiche with a positive visit to Gainesville, but we all know it is still a huge uphill battle. He is likely Ole Miss bound with his brother. Four-star Tashawn Bower from Somerville (NJ) also visited and had a good time. Will the Gators make a move here? Time will tell, but there is a good chance.
Moving On: Indiana 4-star BUCK prospect Elijah Daniel was high on the board a week ago, but the process changed for him and he ended up committing to Ole Miss.
Committed: Darious Cummings is already enrolled from east Mississippi junior college. He is expected to vie for immediate playing time this spring and fall. Joey Ivie from Dade City Pasco is also enrolled early and evidently on his way to making significant gains in order to compete as well. He has a little farther to go, but has established himself as a hard worker as well. Crescent City defensive tackle Caleb Brantley was supposed to come to Gainesville for the weekend but it doesn't appear that he made it. No worries here, he has a big lunch date with gator coaches on Feb 1.
Still Trying: Montravius Adams is the number three rated defensive tackle in the country and visited Florida a couple of weeks ago. He maintains that Florida is still in it, although it appears the Gators have some ground to catch up with the likes of Georgia, Clemson, and Alabama. Junior college defensive tackle Jarran Reed also visited a couple of weeks ago and had a good time. He committed to Ole Miss but there is still some communication going on with he and the Gators. Jaynard Bostwick tripped to Miami and the visit went very well. Reports seem to point to Bostwick leaning heavily toward the Canes, but the family still maintains that he will visit Florida during the last recruiting weekend. That will be a big visit for the Gators.
The Gators desperately need another defensive tackle in the class and would love to get two.
Committed: The three amigos, Daniel McMillan, Alex Anzalone, and Matt Rolin are all enrolled in school already and the first two will be full go in the spring to fight for depth chart position while Rolin continues to heal from an injury. Jarrad Davis of Kingsland (GA) Camden County is the quietest kid in the entire class and no one can get an interview from him, but we hear of nothing that makes us think he is anything but solid at this point.
Then there is Tallahassee Lincoln linebacker James Hearns who is committed to Florida but is bound and determined to look around. Some questions have popped up about Hearns and why he stays committed to Florida but has yet to take an official visit to the school. He also just visited Auburn and came away thinking very highly of the Tigers. He is likely heading on a trip to Louisville as well and still hasn't taken that official visit to Florida. This one seems like it may not work out for both parties, but we will stay on top of it.
Still Trying: It appears that the only other linebacker left on the board for the Gators is one that was committed earlier in the process. Daytona Beach Mainland's Quinton Powell was one of the Gators biggest recruiters in the class early on and then he became really enamored with Southern Cal for whatever reason. He de-committed shortly after visiting Florida officially and this past week he took an official visit to California to check out the Trojans. He had a great time on the trip, but he did not commit. He now has limited his schools to Florida and USC and will decide on signing day between the two.
Committed: Florida feels real good with their haul at safety. Two Under Armour All-Americans in Marcell Harris and Keanu Neal and an Army All-American in Nick Washington. All three are physically ready to come in and compete right away for a starting job and both starting spots are wide open with the losses of Matt Elam and Josh Evans. Neal took his official visit this weekend and had a great time and Washington visited on his own as he continues to be maybe the biggest recruiter in the class.
Committed: Vernon Hargreaves continues to rack up awards and just won the Hillsborough County player of the year. The consensus number one cornerback in America came to town this past weekend to help recruit Nkemdiche who he is pretty tight with. He remains a big recruiter in the class and will definitely come in to Florida and fight for immediate playing time with his skills.
Off the Board: He flirted with Florida for month and months while being committed to Georgia and all of a sudden just before he was supposed to visit officially, Shaquille Wiggins decided he was going to stick with his pledge to the Bulldogs last week and not take any more visits.
Still Trying:Five-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey took his official visit to USC this past weekend. The smoke was huge last week with talk of Ramsey possibly switching to the Gators but the family was quick to come out and dispel the rumors. His visit to USC went very well, but after the visit, Ramsey's father would not say that his recruitment is over, instead that Ramsey will make a final decision between USC, Florida and Florida State in the last week of the process. The Noles have emerged a little in the race and he took an official visit to Tallahassee a couple of weeks ago and supposedly liked what they had to offer as well. This one is definitely one to keep an eye on.