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.
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.
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.
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.