UF Class Breakdown - DB

Florida needed both safety and cornerback help and they got just that with <B>Kyle Jackson, Tony Joiner, Dawayne Grace and McIntosh Nicolas</b>.

Like the OL class the Gators brought in the secondary group is one of the best hauls in the country. This was a huge need for Florida and they fulfilled it at safety and cornerback. The Gators landed two leaders at the safety position in Tony Joiner and Kyle Jackson. Joiner will play the strong safety position and he plays the position with a linebacker mentality. He hits like a truck and has the speed to cover receivers. Jackson plays free safety like a center fielder and he's always around the ball making big plays.

At the corner position Florida landed two prospects with great speed. McIntosh Nicolas is actually the fastest signee for the Gators. He is one of the few guys that's faster than Xavier Carter and that's saying a mouthful considering Carter is the No. 1 track athlete in American. Last summer, Nicolas scorched everyone at Florida's camp in the forty, including Carter. He is a quality cover corner. So is Dawayne Grace, Florida's other cornerback signee. He hails from Ed White High School and will rejoin his former teammate Dee Webb in Gainesville. Like Webb, Grace has some great wheels and cover skills. He also has size and can jump through the gym.

Kyle Jackson
What his coach said?
The Stats
Jackson recorded 106 tackles and six interceptions as a senior and he also had nine interceptions as a junior.

Tony Joiner
What his coach said?
"Tony made an impact on our JV team as a ninth grader and started every game since his sophomore year," said Head Coach Pat Harrington. "His game elevates as the competition level increases. Tony loves to outshine and outwork everyone in practice. His work habits are outstanding. He has good cover skills and hits like a truck."

The Stats
Joiner recorded 76 tackles, five interceptions, caused four fumbles and recovered four fumbles as a senior.

Dawayne Grace
What his coach said?
"Dawayne has started every game at corner since his junior year," said Head Coach Dan Disch. "He's tall and has lots of range. Dawayne has all the attributes of a very good cornerback."

The Stats
Grace had four interceptions as a junior. 61 tackles and 2 interceptions as a senior.

McIntosh Nicolas
The Stats
23 passes for 483 yards and four TDs as a senior.

My Take?
I really believe both Jackson and Joiner could see immediate time next season as true freshman and they could both impact the team earlier than anyone. They should both be ready. And I love the combination of Jackson the centerfielder and Joiner the SS. Grace and Nicolas both need to bulk up but should be fine in time. Nicolas could instantly become the fastest player on the team when he arrives this summer. If both players can support the run they could push for playing time because the CB job are wide open. Spring will tell a lot about where UF is, how deep they really are and will these freshmen have a chance this fall.

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