A Look At Rivals Recruiting Classes

Here is a look at the Gators rivals and a snippet on how they have done in recruiting. I will just point out the teams that the Gators compete the most against in recruiting for the players the Gators would like to sign.

AUBURN: Auburn has 19 commitments so far and is currently ranked 17th in the Scout,com team recruit rankings.

Top 3 Commitments:

LB Trey Blackmon: He is a guy that never showed interest in the Gators and the rumor is he wanted to stay close to home due to family reasons. TE Gabe McKenzie: McKenzie showed up to summer camp and was really looking hard at the Gators until the record started going sour. I always heard he was going to be a guy that went with the last impression. TE Tommy Trott: He came by UF on an unofficial and took a look around during the season. Never heard from him since.

Recruits that are/were looking at the Gators and still available:

RB Antone Smith: I think he is a Cane.

HOLLYWOOD BOB'S TAKE: Auburn got a late start because of all the negatives prior to the beginning of the season. Once they tore through their schedule and finished undefeated, their recruiting improved ten-fold. Losing the Cadillac and Ronnie Brown makes you wonder why Auburn has had no luck signing a RB unless they pull out the miracle with Antone. Losing Stamper to Florida was huge and late in the recruiting season. They should finish about sixth in the SEC, not where I would think they should after going undefeated.

GEORGIA: The Dogs are ranked third in the country right now in the Scout.com Team recruiting rankings. They currently have 18 commitments and are not expected to sign many more.

Top 3 Commitments:

DT Kade Weston: Looked at Florida early, but committed early to the Dogs. DB CJ Byrd: Considered the Gators, but never any real interest. CB Bryan Evans: The biggest steal from the Gators in the class.

Recruits that are/were looking at the Gators and still available:

DE Vladimir Richard: If Jeff Owens actually signs with Georgia, the Dogs could swing the former Gator commitment. This would be a mistake for Richard for the depth the Dogs will have at DL.

HOLLYWOOD BOB'S TAKE: UGA's defensive line haul is huge but may take a hit (see Jeff Owens) or two before signing day. Bryan Evans and CJ Byrd also make for a great nucleus for a secondary.

LOUISIANA STATE: LSU is currently ranked 41st and trying to fill their class. They are with a hand full of teams that stand to gain the most in the last week of recruiting. They should end up in the top 20 or so teams.

Top 3 Commitments:

DE Al Jones: Is this the guy the Canes are holding out on pushing hard for Richard Gordon DT Jerrell Powe: The monster lineman is so fast for his enormous size. TE Kyle Anderson: He's better known for his blocking than pass catching.

Recruits that are/were looking at the Gators and still available:

WR Slick Shelley: The US Army all American was a Gator possibility at one time. QB Ryan Perriloux: In my opinion, the best player In America. Arm like a cannon and legs of a cheetah. He came to the UF summer camp and was once a pipe dream. WR Brandon La Fell: I think the Gators lead, but will RJ pull him there? LB Jon Demps: I like the Gators here too. RB RJ Jackson: The Gators offer more favorable depth chart and fewer commitments at the position. He apparently wants to go far away from home and if he doesn't choose Gainesville, Baton Rouge is the next best bet.

HOLLYWOOD BOB'S TAKE: Maybe because of the coaching change at both schools, the Gators and Tigers seem to be battling for more of the remaining players on the board than anyone else. Demps, La Fell, and Jackson were all in my Gators mock class and all could end up Tigers.

SOUTH CAROLINA: With 23 commitments right now, the Gamecocks find themselves resting at number 26 in the Scout.com team recruiting rankings.

Top 3 Commitments:

WR Carlos Thomas: Would have been a welcome addition to the secondary for the Gators, but he wants to play offense. The Gators don't need any more WR's for this signing class. TE Shea McKeen: Listed the Gators late LB Marvin Sapp: Jacksonville LB that was prominent among Gator recruitnik talk.

Recruits that are/were looking at the Gators and still available:

WR OJ Murdock: I believe he will be a Gator two years from now.

RB Mike Davis: Listed the Gators late but not for very long.

HOLLYWOOD BOB'S TAKE: The Gamecocks have six current commitments from the state of Florida and were really stung by the defection of Eric Sledge to the Gators.They will have to continue to recruit Florida, much the same way North Carolina State does, to get to the next level. This is a good starting class for Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks.

TENNESSEE: The Vols have 21 commitments and are currently the number one team in the national recruiting rankings. They still have a few more players they are expecting to come their way.

Top 3 Commitments:

CB Demetrice Morley: Gator fans know all about this one. He was a very early commitment to the Gators and dropped his commitment soon after the LSU game to be a Vol. DE Raymond Henderson: Had 33 sacks in last two years of high school ball. QB Jonathan Crompton: Practice sessions at the US Army game made his stock rise considerably.

Recruits that are/were looking at the Gators and still available:

DE Vlad Richard: Will he follow fellow South Floridian Morley? LB Gerald Williams: Will he follow Vlad and Demetrice? S Kenny Phillips: See above. DE Ricky Jean Francois: Same story, different player.

HOLLYWOOD BOB'S TAKE: Tennessee has benefited from the changeover at Florida, probably more than anyone. There are four to five recruits that could be in orange and blue instead of that other orange if not for all of the fluctuation in Gainesville.

FLORIDA STATE: The Noles have 12 commitments and are currently rated number 25 in the scout.com national team recruiting rankings. They just completed their final recruiting weekend which usually results in a big haul. They have some uphill battles that must be won in the next couple of days, but history says they get their share.

Top 3 Commitments:

DE Justin Mincey: Great athletic defensive end that can fly. At one time he favored the Gators. S Clarence Ward: Texas transplant and the Noles recently stole him from Alabama. CB Michael Ray Garvin: US Army All American, good player, but he's really small.

Recruits that are/were looking at the Gators and still available:

RB Antone Smith: Depending on who you talk to, the Noles could be the dark horse for Smith's services. The thing is, every team thinks that it is them and Miami to beat. That is a big clue to me. OL Matt Hardrick: the Noles have been his leader for the longest. The Gators came on late, will it be enough? LB Jon Demps: They have four linebacker commits already and nine on scholarship. The Gators have 2 commits and 3 on scholly. He has never had a clear leader. I think the Gators get him. DT Jeff Owens: Liked the Noles early and then committed to Georgia. Rumor out of Gainesville is he told several players he was coming to UF on his visit. Guess who he may have committed to on his visit this week? S Randy Phillips: Miami commitment. The Noles already have a deep depth chart. Does he ignore that?

HOLLYWOOD BOB'S TAKE: It appears that Florida State will close in typical fashion. Most people believe that Fred Rouse has been a done deal to them for quite some time and he visited "shockingly" this week. If history repeats itself, they will have a huge rush at the end in their recruiting but this class will still have some holes in it, especially on offense

MIAMI: The Canes currently have 13 commitments and are ranked number 16 nationally in the team recruiting rankings. They brought in just three over the last weekend and they're waiting on a bunch of recruits to say yes. It doesn't appear that they can move too much farther up the recruiting charts because of numbers, but it will be a very good class.

Top 3 Commitments:

OL Reginald Youngblood: Massive Army All-American that considered the Gators and visited on an unofficial at one point. He isn't quick, but if he gets a paw on you, you are done. TE Dajleon Farr: Also listed the Gators this season but didn't give Gainesville much of a sniff. LB Spencer Adkins: He was high on the Gators for a long time and was my number one prospect on the entire board at one time.

Recruits that are/were looking at the Gators and still available:

LB Brian Cushing: Cushing visited Miami last weekend and then made a short trip to Gainesville. He is widely reported to be favoring USC, but no one really knows. The depth charts at Miami and UF are inviting, but UFs means he can play on day one. LB Jerome Hayes: He lists both schools, but seems to be favoring the Northeast schools right now. I think he ends up a Nittany Lion. DE Richard Gordon: I don't think Miami has shown him enough love for enough time. If they had they would get him. They still may, but I think he is a Gator.

HOLLYWOOD BOB'S TAKE: The Canes could close with Antone Smith, Kenny Phillips, Fred Rouse, LaVar Lobdell, and Richard Gordon. There's a chance that could happen, but not likely. They should get some, but not all of them.


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