2007 DEFENSIVE TACKLES
Florida will lose their top two and maybe top three defensive tackles after the 2006 season. Starters ‘Marcus Thomas and Steven Harris are seniors and Joe Cohen who sometimes provides depth inside and outside will also be graduating. The Gators signed three in 2006, but will definitely have to get some more help inside defensively.
DT John Brown
2007 DEFENSIVE ENDS
The Gators signed two defensive ends in 2006, but stand a chance to lose their top three on the roster after the 2006 season. Ray McDonald and Joe Cohen are seniors and if Jarvis Moss plays the whole year like he did the end of the season, he may be gone too. After striking out at defensive end in the 2005 recruiting class, the Gators still need to sign some players at the position.
DE Sidell Corley
Florida is also getting looks from some big time defensive end prospects from out of state. Four-star Sidell Corley (6-4 250) of Mobile (AL) McGill-Toolen lists Florida among four favorites. Five-star defensive end Allen Bailey (6-4 250) of Darien (GA) McIntosh Academy also has the Gators in his top four. Four-star Ben Martin (6-6, 220) Cincinnati (OH) La Salle is in Buckeye country but also list the Gators early.
Linebacker yet again is a position of need for Florida. Only signing three in 2006, the Gators will lose at least two off the roster and a possibility of Brandon Siler going pro early. There will be playing time available early for linebackers.
LB Lorenzo Edwards
Four-star linebacker Josh Bynes (6-2 225) of Ft Lauderdale, Boyd Anderson is a menace on the field. He is a big time player from south Florida and will be on everyone's radar. Lorenzo Edwards (6-2 215) of Orlando, Edgewater is a four-star linebacker who was a star at the combine in San Antonio held in January. One out of state headline at linebacker is Richetti Jones (6-3, 225) of Dallas (TX) Lincoln. The five-star Texan currently lists the Gators and will no doubt be on the radar of a staff that has added four Texans to the roster in two years.
The Gators signed an excellent secondary class in 2006, but there is some worry that a coupe of cornerbacks of the four may not ever make it to campus. Add to that, there are three seniors that will be gone in January of 2007 and only one other returning cornerback on scholarship. The Gators only signed one player that will come in at safety in 2006, and will probably lose a couple at the end of the football season. The Gators will need to add some help in the secondary.
A couple of in-state players stand out at the cornerback position this early in the process. Lakeland's Ahmad Black (5-10 160) will man one spot in the secondary for the high school national champions. Vernell Brown's younger brother Vince Brown (5-9 165) of Gainesville is an all-state player already and could follow in older brother's footsteps at Florida.
CB Eric Berry
Damien Berry (6-0 180) of Glades Central could be bound for corner or safety at the next level and has an interest in Florida early. Major Wright (6-2 190) of St Thomas Aquinas has the same build as current Gator signee and may grow into a linebacker, but he is as hard hitting a safety as you will find this season.