Gators Offensive Prospect Trends

We continue our semi-weekly look at the Florida recruiting board. Last week the board was bigger and this week some names finally started dropping off. There are still a lot of uncommitted prospects looking at Florida as well as prospects that are committed elsewhere. Here is the way we feel the offensive guys are trending.

QUARTERBACK

Florida needs a quarterback. They have been able to get two very good ones interested in Deondre Francois and Lamar Jackson. Now they have to fight off the schools they are committed to try and reel them in.

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Things really good directly after Francois made his official visit. He was leaving questions marks out there about his commitment to FSU, but then changed gear with one quote in the newspaper claiming he is now 100% Florida State bound. We said this would be a tough one for lots of reasons including where he goes to school and his long time commitment to FSU. His quote certainly wouldn’t make anyone in orange and blue feel rosy, but I don’t think this one is over. Unfortunately after his visit to Florida we can’t really give this one an uptick, unless we had done it Sunday evening. Let’s see if Francois says something to anyone else leading up to signing day.


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Visits this weekend and we will know more when he leaves. I believe with vibe coming from Francois that this one feels like an even likelier scenario for the Gators. Jackson’s talent should not be shortchanged, he has plenty.


RUNNING BACK

The Gators have just two guys returning to the roster that were signed as running backs and are slotted to play there full time in the fall. That makes prospects like Jordan Scarlett, Jordan Cronkrite, D’Anfernee McGriff, Jaason Lewis, and JaMarius Henderson wanted men in this recruiting class.

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Another prospect that has gone relatively quiet and now says that he will commit on signing day. This was likely the surest prospect to commit over the weekend, but for the change in plans. I feel as confident or more about Cronkrite in the class, even without him getting it done over the weekend.


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I love this kid, but it just doesn’t appear to be in the cards. If the Gators miss on a second back someway or somehow, then I would love for this guy to get a spot and that will happen. He has offers at Troy and now Colorado State and is the best back in Alabama this year. We will stay even with the trend meter because his status is still the same.


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Lewis told me Tuesday he will be visiting Ole Miss this weekend as was scheduled. The gigantic running back (6-4, 241) had a very good trip to Gainesville two weeks ago and after a couple of quick interviews, he has gone silent. You are going to start seeing a pattern here if you haven’t already. Lewis is a guy that could a lot of different things in terms of where he can line up on the field on offense and this one wouldn’t surprise me at all if it happendd.


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A prospect that has basically gone silent. He told one reporter again that he is 100% Auburn, the school he is currently committed to. I know he had a great time at Florida and I know that Florida is heavy on his mind still. His one comment doesn’t have me wavering from how I feel right now.


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Scarlett saw everything he needed to see in Gainesville. From what I believe he left here thinking he will be a Gator. Since the visit FSU lost commitment Johnny Frasier and has now turned their attention on to Scarlett. The Miami commitment actually grew up a Seminole fan so I guess there is a little cause for concern. However, he knows he won’t play ahead of Dalvin Cook and he likely believes he can come here and start at Florida. He also won’t have as highly ranked of a back as Jacques Patrick in this class to compete against. All of these go into the reasons why he was looking at Florida so hard in the first place. Of course he is still committed to Miami, and they have lost a couple of other RB commits already, so they will get desperate with Scarlett. I still feel really good about this one at this point.


RECEIVER

The receiver board is really light right now. Several players jumped off of the board this week leaving just two right now and maybe a third that we may be able to discuss during or after the weekend. Right now, Ryan Davis and Antonio Callaway are front and center.

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Davis visited over the weekend and may have had the best time of all the guys here. The Gators have made him such a huge priority and he knows he is a different player than anyone they have on campus right now. I feel more and more confident every day.


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He is expected to visit and after committing to a visit and then not a couple of times, it appears it will finally happen. It is hard to get a grasp on where the song and dance has come from here, but with a chance that Florida could lose Derrick Dillon to LSU, the Gators really need to try to show Callaway a good time. He’s a super player and dangerous every time he touches the ball. If he makes it in I think the Gators can get it done. He’s on the uptick because he is expected to make the trip and the Gators have to beat out West Virginia for this one.


OFFENSIVE LINE

There isn’t a bigger need on the roster and it is the biggest board to sift through right now. There is lots of size and talent in this group led by Martez Ivey, but we can’t forget about the other ones we have to watch like Christian Pellage. Trey Derouen, Quarvez Boulware, Tyree St. Louis, Nick Buchanan, and Fredrick Johnson.

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Visited over the weekend and everything I have gotten reports of since the visit have been very positive for the Gators. Auburn is the other school, but I just feel Florida has been the lead dog in this race for almost the entire process.


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Taking that visit to South Carolina a week early was a big deal in my opinion. Now we have to see if Pellage will sit back and still think about things and how long he will do it. My personal feeling is that the longer it goes past Wednesday, the less likely he is to change his commitment. In the meantime, that earlier visit puts this one on the upswing.


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Derouen cancelled a midweek visit to Kansas State and will be here this weekend for his official. I just can’t see the Florida staff not offering this giant football player a scholarship given the need on the offensive line. Maybe they really want to make an impression on him on his visit. This kid has plenty of Power-5 offers and would be a pretty exciting pick up given all the circumstance.


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Boulware told me Tuesday he still plans on visiting Florida. The battle is with Maryland here and a lot of folks believe he gave a silent commitment to the Terps a couple of weeks ago when he visited unofficially. That was when they wanted to team him up with Isaiah Prince and now that prince has committed to Alabama, that package isn’t happening. Florida could pull a big one here if they can roll out the red carpet. He’s on the upswing because it appears he is going to make this trip this weekend.


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St. Louis knows the playing time situation at Florida. He certainly has interest in the gators. The Miami commitment will both have to be shown a good time this weekend and also jmake sure the dad understands the benefits of Florida compared to the school his son is committed to. Nothing has changed here and we will just have to approach this recruitment after the visit.


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He’s favoring Miami and again it will be up to Florida to really show the reasons why it would benefit Johnson more to be a Gator than a Hurricane. Getting him here on this visit this weekend will go a long way in allowing that to happen.


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I have heard positive rumblings about Buchanan, but he has yet to actually confirm that he will officially visit Florida. The Gators are in the mix with two others for this last official visit weekend and we should know by Wednesday what that plan will be. Until we get some kind of public acknowledgement there, I can’t do anything more but say we are in the same place with Buchanan/


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