Simmons Chimes in on Three Gator Prospects

With summer camps ending in Gainesville and our attention back to the Class of 2014 recruiting. We asked a hand full of the regional and national recruiting analysts to chime in on some prospects in their areas and what they have heard about them in terms of the Gators. In our second segment, we head just north into Georgia and South Carolina to talk with national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons.

The first prospect that we asked Simmons about was Norcross (GA) defensive end Lorenzo Carter. At 6-5 and 232 pounds Carter is a prototype for the BUCK position at Florida. Simmons believes he is as advertised as the number two DE in the country.

"An elite rush end," Simmons said of Carter. " He still has to improve at the point of attack and use his length to advantage more while adding mass/strength in the weight room, but he is quick off the ball, he covers a lot of ground quickly, and he has a very high ceiling."

The Gators have made a late push it seems but have a ways to go for the elite pass rusher.


Carter

"Alabama looks to be is a good position right now, but there is still a long way to go," Simmons said of Carter's main interests. "He has recently visited Florida, so they are in the mix as is Georgia and Florida State. Most feel UGA is number two right now because he is so familiar with their program."

The next prospect we will venture to talk about is one that is a little more familiar to Gator fans. Christian Miller is a four-star and fifth ranked outside linebacker who a month ago was already committed to Florida. Since then he has dropped that commitment but stays interested in the Gators.

He is a very talented player nonetheless and at 6-3 and 215 pounds he brings it on every play.

"A long and rangy outside linebacker that has played a lot of rush end in high school," Simmons said of Miller. "He is a natural athlete who has great instincts. He is strongest when rushing the passer, but he is solid against the run too. He is athletic enough to drop into coverage on the next level as well. He still needs to add weight and strength to his frame."

Simmons believes the Gators are still right there in it with Miller.

"He was a Gator once and he could be again," Simmons said. "This one will come down to Alabama, Florida, and Georgia more than likely. He has a great connection with (Florida defensive line coach Brad) Lawing and the Gators are definitely in this one."

Simmons believes the main competition to be Georgia at this time.

Finally a name we don't hear much about, but still a huge player at a need position. Donell Stanley is a 6-5, 314 guard from Latta (SC). He's rated number four nationally and four-stars at his position by Scout.com.


Stanley

"As strong as they come for a high school offensive lineman," Simmons said of Stanley. He has great lower body strength, good punch, and he has well above average feet. He needs to work on his pass sets and maintaining his blocks, but he is an offensive guard who could press for early playing time on the next level.

The Gators have a hill to climb on this one as well.

"In-state South Carolina looks to have a comfortable lead for Stanley," Simmons said. "He does plan to visit Gainesville though, so UF is in the mix. He does not tip his hand much, but if he visits The Swamp that tells you the interest is real."

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