Gator Recruiting Board; The Backfield

Here is a post The Opening unofficial look at the recruiting board at the University of Florida and we start with the offensive backfield. Florida has their quarterback in the 2015 class and are looking to go after one or two running backs. The Opening provided some information and some news in regards to the recruiting board and these two positions, here is what I have gleaned.

QUARTERBACK

Sheriron Jones (6-2, 188)
40: 4.71
Vert: 38.9
Sparq: 98.7

Performance:
Elite 11 day 1: “Jones was consistent all day and he was throwing with touch and zip when he needed to, not forcing his throws at all and throwing well in the red zone,” Scout national recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman

Elite 11 Day 2: “Jones was in the first group today and threw a nice ball in both his series'. He was able to put it in tight spaces, but without rushing his throws and made nice reads”. - Huffman

Miscellaneous: “I’m not really the type of guy to recruit guys. I will let them know I want them to be my teammates, but at the same time if you pressure them it might might make them not want to be a part of it,” Jones told Huffman.

The Gators are done at quarterback save maybe recruiting a few guys in case something falls apart with Jones.

RUNNING BACK

Dexter Williams – Has not competed due to injury.

Miscellaneous: Williams opened up his commitment to Miami by stating that he was 80% committed now after the Hurricanes took another running back in the class. Williams, then listed five schools he would continue to look at with one being the Gators. There is a little bit of a hang up with Florida that has kept him from really liking coming here, and it is something Florida needs to deal with. Something I am not willing to talk about right now, but maybe further down the road. I don’t see it being a resolvable thing unless Williams is ready to change the way he feels on it.

Ray Ray McCloud – Did not compete in the Sparq combine stuff.

Micellaneous: One of the biggest news moments for Gator recruiting that came out if the Opening was that McCloud would be committing July 28. Just three days after Friday Night Lights on campus at Florida, we still haven’t heard if he will attend FNL, but the timing of the commitment sounds good for Florida. He will visit Alabama for a couple of days this weekend, but the two main schools seem to be Florida and Clemson. He also seemingly hyper-drived the recruiting process with his showing in Oregon. McCloud scored six touchdowns during 7on7 play and was voted to the all-tournament team at the end of the event. Right now, the gators look pretty goon for getting McCloud IMO.

Bryce Love ( 5-10, 180)
40: 4.47 sec.
Vert.: 36.9"
Sparq: 129.75 (3.80 20 yard shuttle was the 4th fastest)

Miscellaneous: The chatter was pretty big for Love that he would probably start to shur down his recruiting and the Gators would not be one of the five schools that he will still consider, but there haven’t been a lot of confirmation on that and I haven’t been able to confirm if he will still make the trip to Gainesville sometime before the end of the month.

Mark Walton (5-9, 182)
40: 4.63
Vert: 31.3
Sparq: 88.86

Miscellaneous: He was pretty quiet in Oregon, he wasn’t a headliner every day and there wasn’t much recruiting news coming out about him. He’s committed to Miami, and with four guys committed there at the position the Gators will stay in constant pursuit.

Damien Harris (5-11, 198)

Miscellaneous: Harris was very impressive during the week as the #1 running back in the country should be. As far as recruiting, he should probably still visit Florida, but Ohio State and Kentucky are the ones really battling for the Blue Grass State star.

T.J. Simmons (5-11, 195): Simmons committed to UCLA last week. He wasn’t part of The Opening madness, but made a trip to UCLA to find out if it was where he wanted to go and liked what he saw two weeks ago on that trip.

Nyheim Hines (5-9, 180): Good friends with Love, Hines is supposed to visit Florida in the next two weeks. Whether that is for Friday Night Lights, I have not been able to confirm, but that doesn’t seem likely. He seems to be a prospect that is fairly open in the process but most have him pegged for West Virginia or NC State. I love his explosion as a player and think the Gators coud make a move after he does visit.

Jaason Lewis (6-3, 234): Lewis is the big monster back in the group. From Virginia, the Gators are actually pretty popular in the state these days because of one Percy Harvin. He’s a tremendous athlete for his size and Florida will continue to push for him and he is listening.

Markeis Hallback (5-11, 190): The southwest Florida running back at Moore Haven has camped at Florida a few times. He doesn’t have an offer but is a fast back that Florida continues to recruit.

Right now McCloud looks like the most likely, we will know for sure in about two weeks. McCloud would be a huge get and certainly something Florida doesn’t have in the backfield. He is totally set on being a running back and that is exactly where the Gators want him. Dexter Williams will be there until the end, but there is that one issue that will have to be resolved. I do think it can be, but it will take some change. I still like Hines and Love as possibilities as well.


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