UA Recap: Future Gators Impressive

The week began with Florida fans hoping for a Chris Dunkley public announcement and ended with the addition of not only the state's top playmaker but one of the nation's top defensive tackles, Dominique Easley. It was clear from the opening kickoff the Gator recruits would have an impact. The first two touchdowns of the game were from Gators.

As for Chris Dunkley he ended the day with one catch for eight yards. Nursing two tight hamstrings, Lithonia's Mack Brown junior had six carries for 10 yards. Jonathan Dowling got things started with a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown and then Solomon Patton was on the receiving end of a Nick Montana five-yard touchdown pass. Patton would finish the game with two catches for nine yards and one touchdown.

As for Dowling he was not credited with a tackle but ended the day with two interceptions and was not credited with any official pass breakups although I had him for two.

The story of the day was the emergence of defensive tackle Dominique Easley. Easley was credited with four tackles three coming for loss and one sack with one forced and recovered fumble. Easley was a terror inside and was unblock able the entire day. It did not matter who was in front of him or how many his first step was as quick as any defensive player in this game. What he showed in this game is exactly what he showed in practice all week.

Demar Dorsey also ended his day with an interception and added three tackles. What was most surprising to many in attendance was the bone jarring hits Dorsey delivered throughout not only the game but in practice the previous week. With Dorsey and Dowling roaming the secondary for Team Nitro, Team Blur had Joshua Shaw and Cody Riggs in the secondary. Shaw ended the day with three tackles and one interception returned 24 yards. Riggs ended his day with no tackles and one pass break up.

Leon Orr was not able to play due to an ankle injury. Ian Silberman had a great showing all week and followed it up with a very strong performance in Saturday's game. The talk early on the week was defensive tackle Dominique Easley would announce for the Gators. The Florida coaching staff did a good job hanging around with Easley and things heated up late. Easley will have an in-home visit on Thursday with the Gator coaches.

As surprising as the Easley news was for some, the Dunkley news came as no surprise whatsoever. It is recruiting and one truly never knows but those who were close to the situation knew he was announcing for the Gators on Saturday. It also appears that he will not enroll early so Gator fans will worry about this one until the letter of intent is signed.

It was a memorable 24 hours for Florida fans as the night before the Gators dominated the Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl. The Gators put up more than 650 yards of offense and became the first team to score more than 50points this bowl season. In Tim Tebow's final collegiate game he broke five Sugar Bowl records. Mike Gillislee was tops among all rushers on only five carries for 78 yards. Saturday was more of the same as the Gator recruits were just as dominating in the Under Armour All-America Game.


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