Gator News and World Report (2/8/2007)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, February 8, 2007. Gator coaches make statement in recruiting; Florida's football class of 2007; Elite class for UF; No reversals for UF's group; No. 1 Florida 71, Georgia 61; Gators On Top Again; Jones' Howard picks Gators; Swamp swirls with talent to spare; Gators finally have some southern flare and more...

Florida Gator Football

Gator coaches make statement in recruiting
Urban Meyer was sporting a shiny new ring and a familiar satisfied grin. You'd think the guy would be exhausted, especially when assistant coaches tell you iron-man stories about Meyer's travels in the air and behind the wheel of a car.

Signed and sealed: UF has top class
Another title for Titletown. This one does not come with a ring or a trophy, but maybe it could help lead to both in Florida's football future.

Florida's football class of 2007
Ranking: No. 18 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com; No. 25 by Scout.com. By the numbers: Recorded 80 tackles and intercepted six passes his senior season.

Elite class for UF
The recruiting experts said Florida signed the No. 1 class in the nation Wednesday.

No reversals for UF's group
No news was the best news for Florida on national signing day. While last-minute surprises provide much of the excitement for fans of college football's offseason holiday, they were exactly what UF coach Urban Meyer didn't want Wednesday as letters of intent began rolling through the Gators' fax machine.

ones will walk on at 'dream' school
Chris Jones wanted to wear orange and blue more than he wanted a scholarship. And as one of the key players on Bolles' Class 2A state championship team, he might earn one at Florida anyway.

Florida football wins recruiting crown in as dominating fashion as national championship
Florida won the recruiting crown in nearly as dominating fashion as the national championship. The Gators capitalized on last month's national title win over Ohio State and down years from Sunshine State rivals Florida State and Miami to bring in the top recruiting class in the country Wednesday.

Gators On Top Again
JC Shurburtt believes any aspiring college football coach who wants to learn how to stockpile talent should look carefully at what University of Florida coach Urban Meyer and his staff did this past year.

Glades Central star Thompson chooses UF
After months of recruiting, speculation and waiting, Glades Central receiver Deonte Thompson finally announced his college choice.

Jones' Howard picks Gators
When the drama was finally over, Jaye Howard put aside the pen, flipped open his silver cell phone, scrolled through a lengthy address book and dialed a familiar number.

UF 2007 football signees
With only Tim Tebow returning as a scholarship quarterback, Florida brought in three quarterbacks to compete behind him. And UF added depth in the secondary, signing four defensive backs.

What Urban Meyer says about Class of 2007
"Thank you for coming. Our assistant coaches did a fantastic job I want to say. Bob LaCivita our director of operations was very involved in the organizational recruiting. Emily Heater, Chuck Heater's daughter, is very involved as well, as is Alecia Pynn. Those are the three people who really handle all of the on-campus things that we need to make things work. There is an inordinate amount of numbers over the last two years; I want to say we signed 20 or 23 last year and 27 this year. That is a lot of kids to sign in two years.

Gators wind up at the head of the class
UF restocked with the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation, including seven players from state champion Lakeland High.

Swamp swirls with talent to spare
Don't imagine that the biggest difference between the NFL and college football is a playoff system for the pros and a poll-vaulting competition for the kids.

Secret's out: Glades Central's Deonte Thompson signs with UF
After months of speculation and uncertainty, Glades Central's Deonte Thompson ended his exhaustive college search Wednesday right where he started.

Gators finally have some southern flare
The fence around South Florida let a few Gators slip through and find their way north on national signing day.

Florida Gator Basketball

No. 1 Gators go to 9-0 in SEC
Florida junior Corey Brewer limped out of the locker room moments after Florida's 71-61 win at Georgia.

No. 1 Florida 71, Georgia 61
Corey Brewer scored 18 points, Al Horford added 17 and top-ranked Florida stretched its winning streak to 15 games Wednesday night, pulling away in the second half for a 71-61 victory over Georgia.

Gators Follow Familiar Script
Gene Hackman's voice boomed across Stegeman Coliseum late Wednesday night.

No. 1 UF avoids trap
Florida forward Chris Richard noticed Georgia's players sulking, Georgia's fans slouching, Georgia's energy saying sayonara for the evening.

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