THE 2016 CLASS
Maybe the most intriguing offer in the group is quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole . All the way in the state of Texas, the Houston native is a drop back passer with the athletic ability to make plays with his legs. The Gators are looking to sign at least one quarterback in the class. Along with Dwayne Haskins of Potomac, Maryland, he and Sterling-Cole look to be the main out-of-state targets at the quarterback position for Florida.
The Gators are also looking to sign a running back in the class, they are looking for a back with size and so they offered Michigan commit and Prattville, Alabama native running back Kingston Davis. At 230 pounds, he has power, but also the speed to get outside. He isn’t necessarily quick, but he sheds blockers with his size and strength then motors out of harm’s way.
On Monday of last week, Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange offensive tackle Stone Forsythe was offered a scholarship at Florida. Two days later, Forsythe pulled the trigger and committed to head coach Jim McElwain and the Gators. The massive lineman grew up a Gator fan and has been waiting on the chance. A need position for sure, Forsythe has always had the look of a big time tackle and performs at a high level. He’s a prospect that has continually gotten better over the last two years.
The newest offer from the week comes in the form of Matt Farniok. A rre offer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Farniok is a big time prospect and one we will have to watch closely in the short term.
Josh Brown of Charlotte (NC) is a new offer but has been committed to Florida State for a while. He’s a head hunter in the truest sense. Athletic and plays with a huge attitude bringing the pain when he strikes the ball carrier. There is no reason to believe he would walk away from his FSU commitment, but the Gators are bound and determined to add 3-4 defensive end / linebacker types.
Cornerback Marquill Osborne of Cornelius (NC) is a Tennessee commitment and a real fit for what the Gators look for at the position. Again there is no reason to believe he would jump at the offer as a a Volunteer commitment, but the Gators are in an all out press for quality corners, wanting 3-4 in the class.
THE 2017 CLASS
Receiver Trevon Grimes of Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas has the elite size and speed that make him a 5-star prospect. He continually beats guys deep and then is one of the best blockers you will see for a player his age, showing his unselfishness and willingness to do the little things in the game to help his team win.
Receiver Daquon Green of Tampa (Fla.) comes from another one of the high climbing programs in the state of Florida in Tampa Bay Tech. He’s another one that is blessed with decent size and big time speed on the outside. He is a burner that gets deep a lot.
Blake Vinson of Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic got the offer this week as well. Originall from West Orange like Forsythe, living in Ocala he is just 40 miles away from Gainesville. Vinson told me this week the Gator offer was a big one, but he doesn’t seem too ready to pick a real leader at this point.
Defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon of Lee County (GA) is a space eater that can run. He’s got offers from ajust about every major power program in the southeast and is a wanted man at a very early age. DT is such a hard position to find, expect the Gators to be all over Solomon.
Cornerback LeAnthony Williams of Roswell (Ga.) told me he is intrigued with the gator offer. Another long athlete with long arms and speed, Williams has yet to visit Florida but told me he plans to do so some time in the summer.
Athlete Devan Barrett of Tampa Catholic plays both ways as a running back and a safety. On offense, he shows a bit of a power running style, but with the speed to bust the big one. On defense, his long arms are highly disruptive and he plays all over the field, dropping deep, playing in the box, and occasionally rushing the passer. He has a knack for getting the ball on the ground when he plays on the defensive side of the ball.