Scout 300 Top Gator Defensive Prospects

The new Top 300 is out and the Florida Gators are represented as possibilities with 53 of the list. Not many schools can claim such a mark and the offensive group was a good one, while the defensive group is quite stellar. If the Gators could pick and choose from this list, they will be doing something quite extraordinary. Here are the 28 defensive prospects that are looking at UF.

It all starts up front and at defensive tackle and most recruitniks love this position in particular. The No. 1 prospect in the land at defensive tackle is Tim Jernigan from nearby lake City Columbia. The five-star, No. 2 rated player over all nationally is said to really be looking hard at the Gators and most outsiders would say the Gators lead.

Jernigan is a great start, but the numbers are really thin at defensive tackle at the moment and only three defensive tackles in the Top 300 have any interest in Florida. Five-star Sacramento (CA) defensive tackle Viliam1 Moala mentions the Gators as a possibility as does four-star Todd Barr of Lakewood (CA).

The Gators will likely sign three defensive ends in the 2011 class, especially without many tackles on the board. Florida will lose a minimum of six linemen after the 2010 season so getting numbers on the defensive line is imperative.

There are a hand-full of defensive ends in the Scout 300 that are mentioning the Gators. Jeoffrey Pagan of Asheville (NC) is currently four-stars but many feel he is deserving of a higher ranking. Pagan is committed to Florida but has had some second thoughts at times. The prevailing thought is Pagan will visit for Friday Night Lights on July 23 and firm up his commitment, but we will have to see on that one.

A couple of five-star defensive end prospects are looking at Florida at the moment. Beverly Hills (CA) athlete Greg Townsend and Thomasville (GA) stud Ray Drew are two big names the Gators would love to have and have shown interest in Florida.

The state of Florida has four big time players that are heralded defensive end prospects. Georgio Newberry of Ft. Pierce, Anthony Chickillo of Tampa Alonso, Aaron Lynch of Cape Coral Island Coast, and Curt Maggett of Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer are as good of a foursome as any state could offer and all have medium to high interest in Florida at this time.

With three senior linebackers on board and not a lot of depth, adding three linebackers is important to Florida in the class of 2011.

Maybe the best linebacker board in years has a slew of Top 300 players that are interested in the Gators. A quartet of five-star linebackers are showing interest in Florida at this time. Curtis Grant of Richmond (VA), Stephone Anthony of Wadesboro (NC), Anthony Wallace of Dallas (TX), and Tony Steward of St. Augustine Pedro Menendez are all at the top of everyone's wish list.

The Gators got the linebacker position started off strong last month when Plantation four-star backer Ryan Shazier committed to Florida. Shazier is joined by a huge group of four star linebackers interested in UF and in the Scout 300 like Dexter Staley of Williston (SC), Lateek Townsend of Bennettsville (SC), Norkeithus Otis of Gastonia (NC), A.J. Johnson of Gainesville (GA), Lamar Dawson of Danville (KY) , and Denzel Perryman of Coral Gables.

Only one Scout 300 safety is really looking the Gators' way at the moment, but another player is being recruited at safety by Florida. With the need to sign three, it is important to reel in Ft. Lauderdale Dillard safety Wayne Lyons. Lyons, has a ton of connections to Florida and the Gators are thought to be the leaders. Valdosta (GA) star athlete Malcolm Mitchell is another coveted player Florida would want at safety, but is listed as a cornerback on Scout.

A quartet of cornerbacks from the Top 300 are showing interest in Florida. Groveland Southlake technician Nick Waisome is high on the Gators as is Madison Heights (MI) star Valdez Showers. Klein (TX) corner Charles Jackson and Miami Jackson's Robensen Therezie round out the group. Florida is looking to add three corners in this class and already has a commitment from unheralded Pop Saunders who continues to fly under the radar.

With a class of 25 very possible and Florida on so many stars, it is easy to see why Gator fans that follow recruiting are eyeballing another top three or higher finish for the Gators in this year's recruiting rankings.

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