RECRUITING: The 2007 Junior Class, Part 2

Yesterday we started looking at the junior class of football prospects that may have an interest in the University of Florida. We stared with the backfield and listed some very solid prospects at quarterback and running back. Today we will look at long list of receivers, tight ends, and offensive linemen that are generally regarded as good prospects and may have an interest in the Gators.


The Gators have three scholarship tight ends in 2006 and none will graduate. Junior Tate Casey, sophomore Cornelius Ingram, and true freshman Trent Pupello make up good class separation and have different skills that they bring to the table. The Gators will look to sign no more than one tight end in the class if any.

Brian Ellis
One prospect that will likely get a good look early is former Gator signee from the 2005 class, Brian Ellis (6-3, 235) of Visalia (CA) College of the Sequoias. Ellis signed with Urban Meyer's first class but wasn't eligible at Florida and went the junior college route to get eligible for division 1 football. He could end up at defensive end. Lex Peek (6-4 210) is a relatively local prospect at Trinity Catholic in Ocala. His cousin currently plays tight end for Georgia Tech. Brandon Lampkin (6-5 250) of Tucker (GA) currently lists the Gators and does not live very far to be a possible prospect for the University of Florida.


The Gators signed an outstanding wide receiver class in 2006 and still plan to sign at least three more in the 2007 class. With the spread offense and it's four wide receiver set, Florida will always be looking for talent at the wide receiver position. The Gators will most likely lose three starters (Bubba Caldwell, Jemalle Cornelius, and Dallas Baker) after the season and Kenneth Tookes to graduation. The possibility of early playing time will still be there for an incoming receiver class.

Deonte Thompson
Heading the list of possibilities at wide receiver is blazing fast Deonte Thompson (6-1 180) of Belle Glade, Glade Central HS. Thompson ran the fastest forty time on the combine tour last year as a junior and is already rated five-stars by Dion LeCorn (6-0 205) of Trinity Catholic in Ocala is another one that is under-publicized now, but will receive a lot of love from the Unirsity of Florida and other colleges before all is said and done. One more in-state receiver that will get the accolades this year is Leon Hankerson (6-3 200) of St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale. The Gators would love to go down to South Florida and steal a big time recruit like this one..

Out of state receivers already on the Gators radar are headlined by five-star Arrelious Benn (6-2 195) of Washington DC. He already counts numerous offers. DJ Donley (6-4 190) of Folkston (GA) Charlton County was the teammate of current Gator signee Justin Williams. Five-star Greg Little (6-3, 205) of Durham (NC) Hillside has the size and the athleticism the Gators covet. He is also an excellent safety and plays running back for Hillside. Garland (TX) four-star receiver Malcolm Williams (6-3, 205) is from the same high school as current Gator signee and defensive tackle Brandon Antwine.

The Gators only have one senior on the offensive line but will likely try to sign four or five to offset missing a couple in the 2006 class. The line is usually a place where prospects don't expect to play early and the numbers are essential for team growth and productivity.


James Wilson
Just like last year, there is a trio of monstrous offensive linemen at one school in south Florida. This year that school is Belle Glade, Glades Central. Jatavious Jackson (6-4 270). Earnest McCoy (6-5 330), and Maurice Bynes (6-4 335) make a nice wall for Central this year. One more Florida prospect sure to be high on the Gators early list is James Wilson OL (6-5 305) of St. Augustine, Nease. Wilson of course blocked for current Gator Tim Tebow in high school.

Leading the out of state linemaen on the Gators current board is four-star offensive lineman Chris Little (6-6 305) of Jefferson (GA) Twiggs County. Four-star Trinton Sturdivant (6-6, 280) of Wadesboro (NC) Anson has also listed the Gators as a possible interest. Alex Williams (6-6, 290) of New Orleans (LA) O. Perry Walker is another four-star offensive lineman that is already looking in the general direction of Gainesville to spend his college years.

Some of these prospects will likely be in Gainesville this weekend for a junior day. Festivities include taking in the Florida / Kentucky game and other functions to get the athletes more informed about the University of Florida and what it has to offer.

Stay tuned to Gator Country as we tackle the defensive junior prospects tomorrow.

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