The Gators landed two running backs a year ago, but the roster is still short at least one and could be two by the time this class is signed, sealed, and delivered. It is a great year at the position and especially with the recruits that Florida is looking at and are returning the interest.
Three five-star backs headline the group in Leonard Fournette (6-2, 227) of New Orleans (LA) St. Augustine, Sony Michel (5-11, 205) of Platation (FL) American Heritage, and Racean Thomas (5-11, 194) of Oxford (AL).
Racean Thomas is a big timer in a loaded year at running back in the state of Alabama.
The Gators wouldn't be the front runner for any of these at the moment, but the board is fairly deep with primo talent right now including Joe Mixon (6-0, 195) of Oakley (CA) Freedom HS, Jalen Hurd of Hendersonville (TN) Beech HS, and Derrell Scott (5-11, 185) of Havelock (NC) all of whom reside in the Scout 100.
Florida is on its way trying to make a roster with talented receiving threats. They still need more. Three 4-star prospects are high on the list for the Gators and all of them occupy the Scout 100 at this time. Drake Harris (6-3, 175) of Grand Rapids (MI) Christian HS, Trevion Thompson (6-3, 180) of Durham (NC) Hillside, and Ermon Lane (6-2, 193) of Homestead (FL) are a trio of big time play makers and Harris is currently committed to Michigan State.
Ermon Lane is a play maker.
Getting a tight end is imperative in the 2014 class. Florida signed Trevon Young after signing day, but there is no telling where the athletic big man will wind up on the field. The Gators will be on a mission to sign a true tight end in the 2014 class. And the lone guy in the Top 100 is Tyler Luatua (6-3.5, 215) of La Mirada (CA), a big timer at that.
The Gators will also sign at least four offensive linemen in 2014 and more than likely at least five. They are on to a good start getting commitments from talented duo of Travaris Dorsey and Ben Knox, but they are looking to add more and some star quality to the mix.
The lone five-star prospect Florida seems to have a shot at on the offensive line is offensive tackle K.C. McDermott (6-6, 280) of Wellington (FL Palm beach central HS. McDermott however has to be considered a lean to Miami at this time where his brother plays.
Is McDermott untouchable from South Florida?
Three 4-star offensive line prospects round out the Gator interest in the scout 100. Offensive tackle Jamarco Jones (6-5, 285) of Chicago (IL) De La Salle Institute, guard Donnell Stanley (6-4, 312) of Latta (SC), and guard Roderick Taylor (6-4, 295) of Jackson (MS) Callaway HS aren't exactly in the most gator hospitable areas to recruit, but the staff will make a run at them.
Can't miss defensive ends are always a priority for Will Muschamp and staff and the Gators would like to land some with size and a speedy pass rusher as well. The group that is showing at least some interest in Florida is as good of a group as you will see anywhere.
Three 5-star big sized defensive ends sit at the top of the board and Florida would take them all if they could. Da'Shawn Hand (6-5, 260) of Woodbridge (VA) , Andrew Brown (6-4, 295) of Chesapeake (VA) Indian River HS, and Gerald Willis (6-3, 260) of New Orleans (KLA) Edna Karr. Hand and Brown are familiar with new Florida defensive line coach Brad lawing and Wills has been to campus in Gainesville a few times already.
The 4-star group are no slouches. Justin Thornton (6-5, 224) of Prichard (AL) Vigor HS, Thomas Holley (6-4, 290) of Brroklyn (NY) Lincoln HS, Rashaan Evans (6-3, 215) of Auburn (AL), and Chad Thomas (6-5, 240) of Miami (FL) Booker T Washington HS are all guys that would rather rip your head off on the football field than eat a good meal afterward. Needless to say, Florida is in the hunt for a few good defensive ends in this class.
Gerald Willis has been to Florida a few times.
The defensive tackle position is always one of the hardest to scout as a college coach but the ones at the higher end of the food chain seem to pan out a little more often. Florida will likely try to sign two defensive tackles in the 2014 class as they will lose Dominique Easley and Damien Jacobs from the two-deep.
If you want primo, it doesn't get any better than the number one guy in the nation at the position and 5-star defensive tackle Khairi Clark (6-3, 300) of Hollywood (FL) Chaminade Madonna. Of course everyone and their brother is on Clark . Two others the Gators are recruiting are 4-stars Sam Mustipher (6-3, 286) of Olney (MD) Good Counsel and Daniel Cage (6-3, 270) of Cincinnati (OH) Winton Woods HS both of whom reside within the Scout 100.
Clark is a beast in south Florida.
The Gators pulled off the upset in landing 4-star outside linebacker Christian Miller last month as he committed on a junior day visit. Florida had a nice haul at linebacker last year and likely would want to sign just two guys in 2014. There is a quarter of 4-star middle linebackers that fit the bill for what they are looking for and all are within the Scout 100. Clifton Garrett (6-2, 227) of Plainfield (IL) South HS, Tre Williams (6-2, 220) of mobile (AL) St. Paul's Episcopal, Nyles Morgan (6-3, 220) of Crete (IL) Monee HS, and Raekwon McMillan (6-2, 230) of Hinesville (GA) Liberty County HS are all middle types that can add more weight and will as they approach their senior seasons.
Tre Williams seems to be a little open to leaving the state of Alabama.
With the trio of safeties Florida signed a year ago, they may just try and take one in 2014. The numbers at the position are still a little low, but getting a quality safety should be something they are looking to do. Currently there is one safety prospect within the Scout 100 that is looking at Florida and that is 4-star Jamal Adams (6-0, 190) of Lewisville (TX) Hebron HS who has a connection to Florida through assistant coach Joker Phillips.
Finally cornerback will be such a desperate need at Florida in the 2014 season. The Gators are expected to lose at least four of their seven on roster to graduation or leaving early for professional football. The corners at Florida have played very well and Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson have been able to draw some of the very best to Gainesville, they will want 3-4 in the 2014 class and feel they are off to a good start with Duke Dawson who committed to the Gators in January.
Two 5-star corners are looking at the Gators right now. Adoree Jackson (5-10, 170) of Gardenia (CA) Junipero HS and Marlon Humphrey (6-0, 174) of Hoover (AL) seem not-so-likely to be in the class due to location or other reasons. 4-star corners Parrker Wesphal (6-0, 175) of Bolingbrook (IL) and Jalen Tabor (6-1, 175) of Washington (DC) Edison Friendship round out the group in the Scout 100 that are looking at the Gators.
Humphrey's father played at Alabama.
The Scout 100 will change and so will the list of prospects that Florida has on the board, but we will be there to cover both for you as we unfold this 2014 recruiting class.