Hollywood Bob's Final Class Projections

The abuse isn't enough when we miss on a projected player or class -- we just had to come back for more! One day before signing day, here is my projected class with some 19 players still left on the board.

QUARTERBACK (Wanted 1, will sign 1) Committed:

Josh Portis (Woodland Hills, CA) **** --- Scout.com's number five rated quarterback in the country. He was born to play in the Meyer offense.

RUNNING BACK (Wanted 2-3, will probably sign 2-3) Committed:

Tony Wright (Fort Valley, GA) **** --- Wright is dynamic with ball in his hands. He has good size and blazing speed. The number 12 running back in the nation has already told Gator Country that he will be headed to JuCo after signing with the Gators.

Kestahn Moore (Arlington, TX) **** --- A big back with speed and power. I have heard he would have a separate role than the other backs we are recruiting.

Close But Probably Won't Happen:

Antone Smith (Pahokee, FL) ***** --- The best poker player out there. I still don't think that the school that will get him knows it.

WIDE RECEIVER (Wanted 5-6, will probably sign 4-5) Committed:

Louis Murphy (St. Pete, FL) *** --- Early commitment to the Gators. Tall and strong receiver that isn't afraid to go over the middle for the ball. Relentless when the ball is in the air.

Nyan Boateng (Brooklyn, NY) *** --- Stock dropped after US Army Game, but was injured and shouldn't have even been there. His junior highlights are really good and should be a player.

David Nelson (Witchita Falls, TX) **** --- Very impressive at the US Army practices and is deceptively fast. Ran open the entire game but hardly got the ball. He is the number 24 rated receiver in the nation.

Eric Sedge (Apopka, FL) *** --- Will most likely move to defense but wants to start at receiver and will get his chance there first. Tall and rangy (6-3, 192), he should be able to put on weight and possibly bulk to linebacker size. Good athletic ability to play either side of the ball.

Most Likely:

Derrick McPhearson (Fork Union, VA) **** --- Looks to be already in, waiting on confirmation. This guy will be a Gator.

Probably Not So Close:

OJ Murdock (Tampa, FL) **** --- The weekend non-visit fiasco may work against the Gators for now, but I think he is wearing Orange and Blue in two years.

LaVar Lobdell (Syracuse, NY) **** --- Rumored to have committed to Miami on his visit there two weekends ago.

OFFENSIVE LINE (Wanted 5-7, will probably sign 3-5) Committed:

Eddie Haupt (Merritt Island, FL) **** --- The number 24 rated offensive lineman in the nation, Haupt is already enrolled in classes and will participate in spring ball and compete in the depth chart.

Ronnie Wilson (Pompano Beach, FL) **** --- The number 19 rated lineman. Like Haupt, he is already enrolled and will compete right away for playing time.

Most Likely: (I switched the next two from last time)

Matt Hardrick (Orlando, FL) **** --- The nation's tenth ranked lineman, Hardrick has really talked up Florida lately. The Bowden full court press is about to be put on a kid that has been an FSU lean for quite some time.

Close But Probably Won't Happen:

Jared Gaither (Chatham, VA) ***** --- Latest update says there is a three-way tie between Florida, Penn State, and Maryland. There is a lot of smoke here, but not enough to put him in the class.

Simon Codrington (Miami, FL) *** --- The Miami native is a beast to watch. He may be a little of a project in that he needs to put weight on, but he will be a player in time. He seems to have taken to the mystery offensive line coach at FSU.

DEFENSIVE LINE: (Wanted 2, will probably sign 2) Most Likely:

Richard Gordon (Miami, FL) **** --- Committed to the Gators Monday after his visit to Miami. Gordon is a big and fast defensive end that is a huge addition to the class.

Brian Ellis (Daytona Beach, FL) *** --- Wanted to be a Gator before the weekend and is one today.

Close But Probably Won't Happen:

Jeff Owens (Plantation, FL) **** --- I bet he has committed everywhere he has visited. Might be a candidate for this year's John Capel Award. Still, there is just some little shred of hope there he might pick UF. Not enough for me to add him however.

Probably Got Away:

James McKinney (Louisville, KY) **** --- I think it will be the Michigan Wolverines when all is said and done. The Gators are the longest of shots right now despite his fondness McKinney has of Coach Greg Mattison (UF co-defensive coordinator).

Lawrence Wilson (Akron,OH) **** --- Wilson liked his visit here but the family maintains the distance is too far from home.

Vlad Richard (Sunrise, FL) **** --- Didn't visit Florida this weekend and may live to regret it. He's a good kid and I wish him the best.

LINEBACKER (Wanted 5-6, will probably sign 5) Committed:

Kalvin"Pig" Baker (Columbus GA) **** --- The Gators first commitment of the class, he has stuck with the orange and blue through thick and thin. He may be rewarded with a spot in the two deep next fall. The number 35 linebacker in the country has recently moved up the charts.

Ryan Stamper (Jacksonville, FL) **** --- Stamper recently changed his commitment from Auburn to Florida to the delight of Gator recruitniks. The number 42 nationally ranked linebacker has good size and athletic ability. This is a great pickup for the class at a huge need position.

Most Likely:

Darryl Gresham (Roanoke, VA) *** --- Lots of good vibes coming from different places on this one. I really expect Gresham to announce for the Gators on national signing day. He is another one that is imperative to the class and probably underrated.

Jon Demps (Pensacola, FL) **** --- Maybe came away glowing after his recent visit to Florida this weekend. I'd say it would now be an upset of he isn't a Gator. Scout.com's number 32 rated linebacker hasn't really considered Florida until recently but now the Gators are in the thick of it for him. Found out he's Brandon Siler's cousin on his visit to UF.

Close But Probably Won't Happen:

Jerome Hayes (Bayonne, NJ) **** --- Something just tells me Penn State on this one. The Gators had a good shot early and lots of variables have given him reason to look elsewhere. He still says the Gators are in it but I think he decides to stay closer to home. .

Probably Got Away:

Gerald Williams (Lauderdale Lakes, FL) **** --- See Vlad Richard above. Too many variables and just lost interest over time.

Brian Cushing (Ordell, NJ) ***** --- The Gators got in really late on him. His visit to Gainesville was all too short and not when there were other recruits. We haven't heard much since his visit except that he liked it here. Southern Cal is the school he loves, but his family loves the proximity of Boston College. SC looks like it gets him but I wouldn't be surprised if it was BC.

Defensive Back (Wanted 5-6, will probably sign 3) Committed:

Reggie Nelson (Palm Bay, FL) ***** --- I know what the network says but it's a technicality until we get a quote. He originally signed two years ago and he will sign here again. I can't quote what won't talk. A top five rated junior college player, he and Avery Atkins may be the best players in the class.

Avery Atkins (Daytona Beach, FL) ***** --- The multi purpose player will get one position in college and excel. He is currently the number five cornerback in the nation. He played both ways and special tams for Mainland, a state semi-finalist.

Dorian Munroe (Miami, FL) **** --- One of my favorite players in the class. He came to Florida's camp in the summer and should have had an offer then. He can play with the best of them and may get a shot at cornerback himself although he played safety in high school. He is truly an under-appreciated recruit in the minds of many. He is rated the number 11 safety in the country by Scout.com.

Close But Probably Won't Happen:

Randy Phillips (Belle Glade, FL) **** --- This guy claimed to be solid to Miami after he visited UF and FSU. Word out of Miami is they were going to drop him if he did visit. Something is cooking with this guy.

Jordan Hemby (Morganton, NC) *** --- Latest update, he says it is 50/ 50. His dad is supposedly laying out if his picture. When I called he told me UNC's best attribute was it is closer to home. I think that is enough, ala RJ Jackson and Brandon La Fell.

Kicker (Wanted 1, will sign 1) Committed:

Jonathan Phillips (Wellington, FL) **** --- Phillips was a surprise when he committed. No one got word that the coaches were even visiting him until his commitment came out. He is currently ranked Scout.com's number two kicker in the country.

There ya have it folks. That's my projected class as of Monday night January 31, 2005, and it comes complete with near hits and a few big misses. For those of you who keep track of things by the stars, the class breaks down to 21 players for a star average of 3.85.

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