Gators freshmen profiles: Offense

Incoming freshmen athletes at Florida must report to Gainesville for Tuesday’s orientation, and there are many football players on the offensive side of the ball that will have a chance to contribute immediately.

The 2015 freshman class has already been through a lot. Tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe enrolled early and went through spring practice only to decide he would transfer soon after the spring ended. The only other early enrollee for the spring was wide receiver Kalif Jackson (6-4.5, 197). Offensive lineman Tyler Jordan (6-4, 285) enrolled for Summer A and has an extra semester under his belt before heading into fall camp.

The wildcard is D’Anfernee McGriff, an athlete from Leon (FL) High School in Tallahassee. His grades are an issue and could keep him away from enrolling at Florida in 2015, but there’s no official word on McGriff’s status.

Here are the offensive freshmen expected to enroll on Tuesday:

Dunwoody (GA) HS offensive lineman Nick Buchanan (6-4, 285): The need for offensive linemen was clear when Jim McElwain took over, and Buchanan is one of four freshmen offensive linemen that will get to campus and join the program this week. The Gators got involved in his recruitment late but convinced him to play in Gainesville instead of for the home state Georgia Bulldogs. Buchanan has the size to play right away if needed, and there will be at least a couple freshmen offensive linemen that will need to be ready.

Booker T. Washington (FL) HS wide receiver Antonio Callaway (5-10, 180): Callaway has the ability to be a difference maker for the Gators, and it could come as soon as this fall. He tore his meniscus last fall, which prematurely ended his senior season, but he should be fully healed by the time camp starts for the Gators. Callaway can catch passes near the line of scrimmage and make defenders miss, or he can make plays down the field.

Westminster Christian (FL) School running back Jordan Cronkrite (5-10, 189): He doesn’t have ideal size or elite top-end speed, but Cronkrite is a decisive runner that sees an opening and explodes through it. With only Adam Lane and Kelvin Taylor returning at the running back position, Cronkrite has a chance to get involved this fall out of the backfield if he can have a good camp.

St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) HS offensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones (6-3, 282): A name that popped up late in the recruiting process, Desir-Jones comes from one of the state’s top high school programs. He also has a strong background in wrestling that shows plenty of athleticism for his size and could turn him into a productive offensive lineman.

Apopka (FL) HS offensive lineman Martez Ivey (6-6, 271): The crown jewel of Florida’s offensive signing class, Ivey has the look of a future first-round prospect on the offensive line. His advanced technique should be enough for him to play as a freshman if needed, but he’ll also need to get stronger for that to happen. His frame, athleticism and technique are exactly what coaches want from an offensive lineman.

Royal Palm Beach (FL) HS offensive lineman Fredrick Johnson (6-7, 303): This is one player who doesn’t need to change his frame much. Johnson has impressive size and surprising athleticism, something offensive line coach Mike Summers should be able to mold into a productive player during his career. Whether that happens this fall or not is up for debate, but Summers has a player with a high upside to work with.

Lincoln (FL) HS tight end Camrin Knight (6-4, 225): With Imatorbhebhe electing to transfer, Knight is an important piece for depth at the tight end position. He’ll likely be behind Jake McGee, DeAndre Goolsby, C’yontai Lewis and Moral Stephens this year, but Knight can learn from them this year.

Northside (GA) HS offensive lineman Brandon Sandifer (6-4, 329): Most of Florida’s questions on the offensive line come on the interior, and Sandifer’s 329-pound frame could go a long way to helping that. It’s tough to expect a true freshman to handle a role at guard against other SEC teams, but Sandifer has the size to hang in the middle. Florida could be forced to use him this year because of numbers.

St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) HS running back Jordan Scarlett (5-10.5, 207): If you’re looking for a star playmaker from this class, Scarlett is the one to keep an eye on. Since Matt Jones left early, Kelvin Taylor is the only proven back on the roster. Scarlett could have the most natural ability of anyone on the roster at the position. His size and speed combination makes him tough for opposing defenses, and it wouldn’t be surprising for him to be heavily involved this fall.


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