Gator News And World Report (1/25/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, Janaury 25, 2005. Kicker tells Meyer he is UF bound; Home discomfort; Walsh ready to play; Five Players Decide To Commit To UF; Georgia at Florida; Gators still seek offensive balance; UF raids prospects from others; Coral Reef's coveted safety switches gears; Recruit doesn't sell Gators short; AD's job interests Reeves, Florida assistant; UF's Meyer reels in recruits and more...

Florida Gator Football

Kicker tells Meyer he is UF bound
The Florida Gators secured a potential replacement for outgoing place-kicker Matt Leach, gaining an oral commitment from standout Wellington kicker Jonathan Phillips.

Five Players Decide To Commit To UF
For his recruiting efforts this past weekend, UF coach Urban Meyer received five commitments.

Coral Reef's coveted safety switches gears
Dorian Munroe, the nation's 11th-ranked safety from Miami Coral Reef High, reneged his oral commitment to Florida State and decided to join Florida after spending the weekend with new coach Urban Meyer and his staff.

Recruit doesn't sell Gators short
Nyan Boateng, a top 25 high school receiver who has orally committed to UF, has been trying to convince other prospects that the Gators will be the team to beat next season.

Rouse sweepstakes
Defeating Florida State in his final game as head coach sent Ron Zook out of Gainesville a hero. Urban Meyer hasn't even coached a game, but already Florida's new coach has a leg up on the Seminoles.

New Florida coach Urban Meyer
New Florida coach Urban Meyer already is creating a feel for his efforts to land high school talent -- better late than never.

Psst! That school does bad stuff! Pass it on!
It was so ludicrous, John Reaves had to laugh. Then ... and now. While locked in an intense recruiting battle with Florida State for future NFL running back Fred Taylor during the mid 1990s, the former Florida assistant and the rest of the Gators staff were shocked at what they heard from the mouth of the prized high school athlete.

Middleton WR Weighing Options
Middleton WR O.J. Murdock didn't make an official visit this weekend and is still weighing his two finalists - South Carolina and Florida.

Recruiting looking up
After the weekend's visit by 15 high school prospects, the Gators recieve oral commitment from Texas star and look at under-recruited athlete for defensive impact.

Florida Gator Basketball

Home discomfort
It was a loss that resulted in blank stares and a quiet building. That Florida lost in overtime to Tennessee wasn't as much a surprise as where it happened. In the Billy Donovan era, Florida has prided itself on creating a distracting, disruptive homecourt advantage. Rarely do the Rowdy Reptiles that compose the student section stay quiet.

Walsh ready to play
att Walsh says he's ready to come back and contribute. Now, it's just a matter of whether his teammates are ready to get used to playing with him again.

Georgia at Florida
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Gators still seek offensive balance
Florida can only hope tonight's home game against lowly Georgia doesn't further hamper its postseason outlook.

UF raids prospects from others
Florida invited a number of previously committed football players for a big recruiting weekend in Gainesville. Five switched allegiances and now say they'll sign with the Gators on Feb. 2's National Signing Day.

Florida courts Pershing star
There has been a trend in recent years of many of Michigan's top boys basketball players signing with out-of-state colleges. Can Michigan and Michigan State reverse this trend?

Gators look for points
Florida junior point guard Anthony Roberson ranks third in the SEC with an 18.4 average and has scored 90 points in his last three games heading into tonight's game against Georgia at the O'Connell Center.

Walsh gets reacquainted with Gators, vice versa
Four to six weeks simply was unacceptable. When Florida junior guard Matt Walsh was diagnosed with a severe high ankle sprain and ligament damage, the idea of sitting out for up to six weeks was almost more than he could handle.

Florida Gator Greg McGarity

AD's job interests Reeves, Florida assistant
A name from South Carolina's past and one from USC president Andrew Sorensen's have surfaced as possible candidates to replace outgoing athletics director Mike McGee.

Florida Gator Baseball

Senior Boss employs three ways to befuddle batters
If the key to a successful season is to end the previous campaign on a good note, expect UF senior pitcher Tommy Boss to send plenty of disappointed batters back to the dugout this year.

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