EXTRA: Signing Day Recap

No one covered National Signing Day 2006 for the Florida Gators like GatorCountry.com. The Gators dominated in-state and nationally, managing to pull in the number one nationally ranked class on several services, including Scout.com. Did you miss any of our coverage? In case you did, check out our in-depth list of stories and links that will bring you up to speed...

On Gator Country, recruiting is NOT OVER. The action's just getting started... Find out what we have coming over the days, weeks, and months to bring you the best coverage anywhere!

NOTE: This page doesn't include the incredible coverage provided on our Insider Premium message boards and our Premium Insider chat which had live reports all day long, instant analysis and insider info from the GC Experts. Better yet, our readers were the first to found out which letters of intent came in for the Gators.

THE SIGNEES

  • Spotlight on the #1 Class of 2006 -- It's official... The Gators landed the #1 recruiting class in the country. Now that the dust has settled, we shine the spotlight on each signee as they begin on their path to ushering a new Meyer Era at the University of Florida. View exclusive videos, insightful stories, and more...

  • Mullen Likes His New QB, Tim Tebow -- As National Signing Day winds down, the Florida Gators can make the transition from solidifying verbal commitments to preparing for the roles the Gator newcomers will play in the fall of 2006 and beyond. Every Gator position coach has to wait for the formality of the letters coming across the fax machine except for one, Florida offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Mullen.

  • Mon Williams Signs with Florida -- The University of Florida added another all-star player to its recruiting class today when Mesquite (TX) Horn HS running back Mon Williams decided he wanted to be a Gator. The 6-2, 198 pound running back has been a Gator fan for quite some time.

  • Cooper to Play Both Baseball and Football -- Clearwater Central Catholic wide receiver Riley Cooper will attend the University of Florida, where he will play football and baseball for the Gators. Cooper is an outstanding student, who should be able to carry the load academically, while playing both sports.

  • UF is the Right Place for Wondy -- The recruiting trail for the Florida Gators continues to bring surprises. The latest is a commitment from 6-0 176 pound cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis from Lely High School in Naples. Wondy visited Florida during a summer camp session named ‘Friday Night Lights' and knew then that Florida would be a good place for him.

  • Brandon Antwine - High Character, Great Talent -- I got a call on New Years Day while I was busy setting up my equipment in San Antonio, Texas to start pumping out work for the US Army All-American Bowl week festivities. I didn't recognize the number but the area code was vaguely familiar. It's hard for me to keep up with individual numbers since I spend so much of my time every night on the phone talking to football prospects.

  • For Spiller, It Came Down to Matters of Faith -- His cousin, Willie Oliver, was at the podium thanking Coach Buddy Nobles for all the help he's given in the last two years when he pulled out a pen and wrote CLEMSON on a piece of paper that he slid in front of his mother, Patricia Watkins. She cried, not certain if the tears were sad because her baby is going to be going to school 400 miles from home or that he was saying no to the University of Florida, a mere 25 miles down the road.

SIGNING DAY STORIES, INTERVIEWS, AND TRANSCRIPTS:

  • Coach Meyer Signing Day Press Conference -- Coach Meyer: "I've been recruiting now for over 20 years, and the longer I am involved, the more I admire and respect the student athletes and what they are faced with. Looking back, these guys are faced with a much different series of issues than we dealt with. You see the anguish that some of them go through in recruiting, and a lot of times the fans are looking to see the final score."

  • Coach Meyer Signing Day Press Conference Audio Transcript -- Listen in on Coach Meyer as he talks about the Gator's Class of 2006 Signees.

  • Mullen Expecting Major Improvement -- The track record of Urban Meyer's spread offense has been pretty clear. There's been dramatic improvement in year two, as the players become more familiar with the scheme. Thus expectations are great for those type results next fall as the Gators try and take this offense up several notches. Those expectations don't come from me or even the Gator Nation but from the players and coaches themselves.

  • National Signing Day - Tampa Bay Journal -- Gator Country Senior Columnist Mark McLeod spent National Signing Day on the move, going from one signing ceremony to another in the Tampa Bay area. This is Mark's start to finish journal of a day spent with future Gators, capturing the mood and excitement of these athletes, their families, friends and coaches.

  • This Year, The Battles Were Won Early -- A year ago, in the wee hours of the morning before the faxes started rolling in on his first recruiting class at the University of Florida, Urban Meyer was on the telephone doing one of the more remarkable sales jobs you'll ever see to save linebacker Jon Demps of Pensacola from signing with arch-rival Florida State. The coach was sweating bullets, turning on the charm and firing away with every logical counter-point he could think of on short notice.

  • Gators Grab 2006 Recruiting Title -- Urban Meyer, in his first full season to hit the road and recruit as the Head Coach at the University of Florida, has secured the nation's top recruiting class according to Scout.com and the Gators were declared the National Recruiting Champions by the Seattle-based online sports network at 6 p.m., Eastern, today. Florida held off a hard charging USC and other national powers to claim Scout.com's national championship for recruiting.

  • Hollywood Bob's Private Screening - 24 hours left -- Welcome to Hollywoob Bob's pre-signing day edition of the Private Screening, where you'll find the most "inside" information on Gator recruiting outside of the war-rooms of the football offices in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium! Bob lays it all on the line with still the chance for something to change in the last hours of recruiting.

THE RANKINGS...

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2007

  • COMING TONIGHT: The Gator's Top 2007 Targets...
  • COMING MONDAY: Hollywood Bob's Post Signing Day Private Screening
  • COMING NEXT WEEK: Wrap-up of UF's 2007 Junior Day
  • AND MUCH MORE!

FIGHTIN' GATORS 2006 RECRUITING YEARBOOK

  • As soon as the sun set on Signing Day (and even earlier), Gator Country and the Fightin' Gators magazine staff began work on its 2006 Recruiting Yearbook. The entire issue will be devoted to the Gator's stellar recruiting class. Each player will be profiled in-depth, with quotes from experts and coaches, and photos. This is the *only* recruiting yearbook/guide that is 100% devoted to the Gators!

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