Gators’ backfield adds giants in January enrollees

If size was an issue in the offensive backfield for 2015, the Florida Gators took care of fixing that this off-season with the addition of three big boys to the roster. Florida provided official heights and weights for the newcomers on Tuesday.

If Gator fans want a tall quarterback, they got one in Wakulla’s Feleipe Franks. The strong armed signal caller measured in at 6-foot-6 and 214 pounds with the first weigh in disclosed on the program’s official website. Adding to the quarterback size derby is freshman Kyle Trask of Manvel, Texas. Trask has a gun and came in at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds.

The Gators weren’t exactly small at running back, but neither Jordan Scarlett nor Jordan Cronkrite measure in quite like junior college transfer Mark Thompson who tipped the scales at 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds. Thompson brings plenty of strength and speed with his size.

In terms of size there isn’t anything dramatic that arrived in January, but junior college transfer Dre Massey comes in at 5-foot-9 and 184 pounds with blazing speed. North Marion graduate Freddie Swain brings quickness, finesse, some speed, and good technique along with his 6-foot-0, 177 pound frame. Hallandale’s Josh Hammond brings a lot of the same thing on a slightly bigger 6-foot-1, 179 pound build.

The lone offensive lineman in the group has plenty of size.  Stone Forsythe is a graduate of West Orange that will have to work a great deal on his technique and quickness, but at 6-foot-7 and 309 pounds Forsythe has the strength and size to get in the mix.

At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Jordan Smith is now one of the three tallest Gator defensive linemen on the roster, all the same height. The defensive end from Lithonia, Georgia was a real surprise late in the process and a quick enrollment with his size means he has a chance to contribute early.

The Gators need at linebacker is well documented and the fact that Farmington, Michigan native David Reese showed up in January means that he has a chance to get on the field early. The fact that Reese showed up at 6-foot-0 and 240 pounds lends credence that he is already physically ready to do so.

The guy that showed up as a surprise in the “smaller than expected” category is cornerback McArthur Burnett of Pahokee. Listed at 6-feet tall on Scout, Burnett clocks in at 5-foot-9 and 157 pounds in his first weight taken officially by the staff. For the record, former Pahokee and Gator star Janoris Jenkins showed up at 5-foot-9 and 168 pounds as a freshman and has done pretty well for himself. Burnett is a terrific athlete that they expect to compete right away.

A huge part of the recruiting class has been former Cocoa star Chauncey Gardner who has helped build the recruiting class that the Gators will finish with on signing day. Gardner has always been a good sized prospect and showed up on campus at a solid 5-foot-11 and 197 pounds. Gardner is physical and another expected to contribute right away for a secondary that needs depth.

One of the most important prospects in the class is someone that most aren’t going to care about his measurables. Still, to boom the ball like Eddy Pineiro he will need some strength. Pineiro, the wunderkind kicker measured in at 6-foot-0 and 178 pounds.

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