Gators Top Targets at Cornerback

Even with signing several players at the cornerback position in 2014, Florida still needs of quality and numbers at the position. A normal roster quantity at the position is nine and the Gators may have as many as six at the position when the season starts in 2014. Two are already committed for 2015 and the Gators would like to add one more. Here is a snap shot of the top players on the board.

The Gators have been able to recruit very well in the secondary since Will Muschamp's arrival, however that doesn't apply to numbers. Instead, quality has been important and at times it has caused some serious worry when the Gators face injuries at cornerback. The 2015 class looks to be the one that finally gets them caught up at the position and they are in on some very good ones.

The Committed

Marcus Lewis (6-1.5, 187) of Washington (DC) Gonzaga was the first to commit to Florida at the position. Lewis is everything they are looking for at the position, big, physical, he can run and is plenty athletic. I have some telling me that he is better than 2014 signee Jalen Tabor at this point in time and the two are good friends. The writing was on the wall to commit to Florida when he decided he would be transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton (Fla.) for his senior season. He wants to graduate early and get in on the ground floor in January 2015 so he can compete right away for playing time.

Recent articles have suggested that Oregon is his dream school and that he is looking hard there, but he certainly has made a lot of decisions based on coming to Florida in the end.

Jalen Julius (5-11, 177) of Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange committed to Florida in the last couple of weeks and is a great compliment to the bigger Lewis. Long and lean with tremendous quicks and long arms, Julius is the Vernon Hargreaves to Jalen Tabor physical comparison to Lewis and a guy that should be a tremendous field cornerback.

Julius is one of the tip athletes in the state and is quite unheralded because of not much game film to his name. He played offense almost exclusively in 2013 and only played in seven games but was a super star on special teams landing several touchdowns on returns and he finished the season with eight touchdowns in just seven games.

Top Instate Prospects

Kevin Toliver (6-2, 180) of Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian is firmly committed to LSU but a guy the staff will continue to recruit. The 5-star and number one rated cornerback in the country has a lot of family in Louisiana and is the cousin of former LSU super receiver Terrence Toliver. Kevin is a super corner back and absolutely as confident as anyone you will find at the position. It gets him in trouble when not in pads, but when the pads go on his physical ability and athleticism allow him to dominate receivers from the line of scrimmage on down the field.

Tarvarus McFadden (6-3, 195) of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage is another perfect fit for what Florida likes to do at corner in terms of big physical players that beat you at the line of scrimmage. McFadden was looking hard at the beginning of the process and it appears that the Gators are all but out of the running for the big time corner. They have a lot of work to do in getting the 4-star and number five ranked corner on Scout to look in the direction of Gainesville again, but that is the plan.

Carlton Davis (6-2, 185) of Miami (Fla.) Norland is another excellent physical sized and aggressive corner from South Florida. This is a prospect that Florida really covets in the process and one that looks to really have an interest in the Gators as well. He has yet to visit Gainesville and hopefully the interest will pick up if /when he finally does visit the Florida campus. He has seen his stock grow quite a bot this spring and has offers from all over the southeast.

Tyreke Cole (5-10, 165) of Miramar (Fla.) is currently committed to Florida State and only the fact that he says he will likely take some trips gives us the least bit of hope that something could happen for the Gators. A big time athlete, he is another field corner type with ultra-quickness and speed at the position. It is an uphill battle for this 4-star number 12 corner on Scout.

Jaylin Hayward (5-9, 170) of Tallahassee Godby is yet another field corner type. Another super athletic corner, Hayward has visited Florida three times in the last 12 months and has a keen interest in the Gators. From a new powerhouse in Tallahassee, Hayward has been coached up well and is a guy the Gators certainly are interested in.

Von Davis (6-0, 180) of Mount Dora (Fla.) is a guy that is completely on the down low at this time. At last look the Gators were maybe the team to beat. He has good size and what Florida likes and is definitely a guy to keep abreast of moving forward.

Top Out-of-State Prospects

Jalen Thompson (5-11, 170) of Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's Episcopal School is a prospect that lists the Gators as his favorite right now. Thompson's stock is starting to grow and has good size and ability for the position.

P.J. Mbanasor (6-2, 182) of Pflugerville (Tex.) Hendrickson hails from a state that Florida doesn't land many prospects, yet they are in on quite a few for the 2015 class. The 4-star and 21st ranked corner in the country on Scout is likely headed to a Texas school, but someone the Gators will continue to recruit hard.

Kendall Sheffield (6-0, 180) Missouri City (Tx.) Marshall is another from The Lone Star State that is likely headed to one of the Texas schools, but he is one of the best overall athletes in America and a prospect the Gators really need to continue recruiting in this process. He's rated 5-stars and number two for a reason and would be a hige get if at all possible.

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