Gators Reloading with Scout Top 300

Earlier this week, Scout.com released their Top 300 prospects for the class of 2010. The list will be scrutinized by some and loved by others, but either way, the Florida Gators can be found solidly in the interest of more than 60 of the select players ranked high by the evaluators at Scout.com.

Here is the list, broken down by position, that the Gators are recruiting and there is some legitimate return interest.

The defending National Champs are going to need to reload a little bit after the 2009 season. Several key seniors will depart and the possibility of some key juniors opting to go pro early means that there will be some immediate playing time for some of the nation's elite prospects for the 2010 season. Here is a list of the stars that the University of Florida is recruiting straight from the most recent Scout.com Top 300 prospect board.

Of course everyone likes to hear about the stars and the Gators are on several of the five-star variety, those prospects that should make an immediate and long term impact on a program. The list kicks off with Kansas wide receiver and No. 3 overall prospect Justin McCay. At No. 4 is linebacker Jeff Luc of treasure Coast in Florida. Defensive end and No. 7 overall prospect Jackson Jeffcoat should visit Florida this summer and is a big timer for sure. At running back, No. 8 Lache Seastrunk is a beast and is due in at Friday night Lights in late July. Safety and Gator commitment No. 9 Matt Elam of Palm Beach gardens is the nation's number one safety. At outside linebacker,there is still a small chance of landing No. 10 Jordan Hicks of Ohio. Safety is a prominent position at the top of the board and Georgia premiere athlete and No. 12 Alec Ogletree still lists the Gators among his favorites. Hialeah defensive end Corey Lemonier is a big timer and comes in at No. 13. At cornerback, No. 18 Lamarcus Joyner plays for the defending national champion St Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale. The No. 19 spot goes to safety Sean Parker who hails from California. Defensive tackles Garrison Smith (No. 26) from Georgia and No. 30 Sharrif Floyd from Pennsylvania are beasts in the middle. Finally defensive end Ronald Powell (No. 34) is a wanted prospect from California.

You can see which positions are the greatest of need by the numbers the Gators seem to be recruiting from at each position. Receiver, defensive line, and defensive backs abound on the recruiting board and is the way the rest of the board shakes out.

At quarterback the Gators have one committed in Venice dual threat gun slinger trey Burton ranked No. 285 in this latest version of the Scout 300. One quarterback coming on strong in the recruiting world for the Gators is four-star and No. 77 Californian Jesse Scroggins.

The Gators are looking to sign one big time running back in the class of 2010 and the list of backs they are recruiting is quite impressive. Joining Seastrunk from the five-star list are Georgia speedster Mack Brown (No. 50), California's Jordon James (No. 67), Niceville's Roy Finch(No. 184), Alabama's Corey Grant (No. 224), Miami's Jakhari Gore (No. 236), and Gio Bernard (No. 238) of Aquinas.

While McCay may be the only five-star receiver in the bunch, there are several big time receivers that the Gators are after. It might be a long shot, but Texas' Darius White (No. 32) is considering Florida. Tampa athlete Christian Green (No. 38), California's Kenny Stills (No. 41), Oklahoman Demarco Cobbs (No. 46), Georgia's Da' Rick Rogers (No. 71), Pahokee's Chris Dunkley (No. 82), Georgia's Markeith Ambles (No. 95 ), Miramar's Ivan McCartney (No. 131), DelRay Beach's James Louis (No. 173), Miami's Michaelee Harris (No. 218), and Alabama's Solomon Patton (No. 251) round out a group of big time receivers the Gators have a great shot of landing a few of.

Gator commitment Gerald Christian (No. 188) of Palm Beach Gardens is the lone tight end the Gators are recruiting from the Top 300.

The Gators will sign three to four offensive linemen in the 2010 class. The list of possibles from the Scout 300 include Texas big man Jake Matthews (No. 42 ), Jacksonville's Brent Benedict (No. 68), Tampa's Chaz Green (No. 93), Gator commitment Ian Silberman (No. 109), and Brandon Linder (No. 110) of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Gators are looking to add at least one more defensive tackle to the class to add to Leon Orr and joining Smith and Floyd at the top of the defensive tackle board are Brandon Willis (No. 47) of South Carolina, Louis Nix (No. 155) of Jacksonville, and Jatashun Beachum (No. 246) of Texas.

Florida may try and sign three defensive ends in 2010. Joining Jeffcoat and Lemonier at the top of the board are Owamagbe Odighizuwa (No. 54) of Oregon, Dominique Easley (No. 65) of new York, Georgia's T.J. Stripling (No. 91), Miami's Lynden Trail (No. 179), Georgia's Neiron Ball (No. 208), and Delvin Jones (No. 237) also of Miami.

The Gators have a commitment from outside linebacker Gideon Ajagbe and are still in the hunt for the likes of Kissimee's Christian Jones (No. 149), California's Tony Jefferson (No. 164), Tennessee's Justin Maclin (No. 194), and Jacksonville's Demetre Baker (No. 226).

Joining the list of five-star Elam, Ogletree, and Parker at safety are other huge prospects and current Gator commitments Jonathan Dowling (No. 52 ) of Bradenton, Maryland's Jordan Haden (No. 153), and Demar Dorsey (No. 269) of Lauderdale Lakes.

The Gators should be well represented at cornerback in the 2010 class. Along with recruiting Joyner from the list of five-stars, Johnovan Fulton (No. 114) of South Carolina, Cody Riggs (No. 122) of Aquinas, California's Demetrius Wright (No. 134), Gator commitment Jaylen Watkins (No. 136) of cape Coral, Tampa's Terrence Mitchell (No. 139), Georgia's Ryan Ayers (No. 146 ), Gator commitment Victor Hampton (No. 167) of North Carolina, and Joshua Shaw (No. 225) of California are all being heavily recruited by the reigning national champions.


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