Gator offers flying once again this week

The last two weeks have been furious in terms of recruiting and the number of offers given by Jim McElwain and the Florida football staff. We count 11 new offers this week after an even dozen a week ago. The Gators continue to find prospects the like both in the upcoming 216 class and the 2-17 class, a group that is really still in their sophomore year of high school.

THE 2016 CLASS

The number of offers out to receivers is pretty incredible and T.J. Simmons is from Pinson (AL) and committed to the Crimson Tide, so this is one of those “not much to it” offers it seems. He’s the top receiver in the state of Alabama and if something goes crazy with his commitment, Florida would like to be a team he considers.

The Gators are still hunting for a tight end in the class and they must feel that Charlotte (NC) Victory Christian’s Thaddeus Moss is a guy that can do all of the things they want at the position. Given the current roster, they can be pretty picky, so you have to believe they really like what they see out of Moss.

Defensive tackle Marcel Southall of Duncanville Texas is one of the hottest prospects in the current class and in the last week has received offers from the likes of Florida, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma. The position is so hard to find, especially in the speed driven state that is Florida, that the Gators will likely have to go out of state to fill the spots. Expect Randy Shannon and Chris Rumph to tag team on this one.

Jamal Couch from Phenix City (AL) is a big time player and currently committed to Florida State. Another Alabama prospect, you know his recruitment is going to be hit and heavy throughout. The Gators are determined to sign 3-4 defensive ends, n this class and this one would be a good one to try and swing in the Gators’ favor.

The talent is always there at Edna Karr in New Orleans (La.). Florida found recruiting success in landing Gerald Willis out of the school a couple of years ago, now they are going back in after the same position and offered Andre Anthony this week. Again, taking 3-4 at the position, the Gators are blanketing the south to find the right guys.

The staff is also looking to sign four cornerbacks in the 2016 class. Quincy Lenton of Meridian (MS) is a Mississippi State commit that has the length, speed, quickness, and toughness they are looking for. Geoff Collins returned to some of his old stomping grounds to make sure that Lenton knew the Gators were very interested this week and offered the young man.

THE 2017 CLASS

Again in one of the roughest areas to recruit, the gators still will want to sign numbers at receiver in 2017 and feel they need to go ahead and offer Nico Collins of Pinson (AL). He’s a 4-star dynamo that is a difference maker.

Look for Florida to sign five offensive linemen in 2016, but also four in the 2017 class. They have offered quite a few big boys from 2017 and Andrew Thomas of Atlanta (GA) has all the credentials they are looking up front and for a guy that currently in the 10th grade.

One look at the film of Forsythe (GA) Mary Parsons defensive end Malik Herring and you know he is a beast. Aggressive, quick twitch, and with good size, he is a hospital visit for a quarterback waiting to happen. The Gators will be all over this one.

He can play either running back or linebacker but we are going to list Bruce Jordan-Swilling from New Orleans Brother Martin as a linebacker because the gators are going to be on a two year focus of landing quality and quantity at the position. The son of NFL great Pat Swilling, Bruce is sure to know quite a bit of football.

Crazy enough, the Gators are a little late to the show in offering Phenix City (AL) linebacker Markail Benton. The 4-star monster has offers from seven other SEC schools already. Still, there are 20 months until he signs on the dotted line and the gators are going to show him how much they want and need him.


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