Recruiting Florida: Florida Gator's

Urban Meyer was one of the top recruiters in college football and he left abruptly after the season. Will Muschamp is new sheriff in town and he chose to pretty much work off of the existing board. The results were mixed for 2011, but he figures to capitalize with a strong 2012 class.

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11. Jeff Driskel

School: Oviedo (Hagarty)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 225

Position: Quarterback

College: Committed to Florida

The complete package as a QB, Driskel has elite size, speed, and arm strength. He does not play with a lot of talent, thus had just an average junior season, but he lit up the camp/combine circuit after. He built on that with an excellent senior season. UF may need him early, but Driskel probably needs a year or two to develop and get up to college game speed. Shows he is an excellent athlete by being on the baseball radar as a potential draftee.


Leonard is one the top pass catchers in the state of Florida
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

16. A.C. Leonard

School: Jacksonville (University)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 220

Position: Tight End

College: Committed to Florida

Leonard is an extraordinary package of good size, speed, and hands. He uses his wide frame and physicality to create separation. He can run too, at times showing an extra gear. He is not ideal size for a TE, Leonard probably fits more as an "H-back". He should be a match-up problem on the outside. Biggest knock is that he went to at least four different high schools in his career.

20. Javares McRoy

School: Lakeland (Lakeland)

Ht/Wt: 5'9, 180

Position: Wide Receiver

College: Committed to Florida

Explosive. That is the first word that comes to mind when watching McRoy. He has rare burst and speed while being tough as nails. He is the best little guy in the state if not the nation. McRoy has excelled as a RB and WR at Lakeland and figures to get the ball in a myriad of ways at UF. Big-time producer on the field for one of the state's top programs.

29. Loucheiz Purifoy

School: Pensacola (Pine Forest)

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 175

Position: Cornerback

College: Committed to Florida

Pure athlete that has special height and speed. Will get first crack at CB, but has displayed offensive skills in high school as well. The type of elite CB prospect that schools covet because he is an NFL type. Will need to get stronger and add weight to lean frame. Purifoy will need a year or two to get up to speed in the college game.

31. Mike Blakely

School: Bradenton (Manatee)

Ht/Wt: 5'9, 200

Position: Running Back

College: Committed to Florida

Four year contributor for powerful Manatee program. Developed into a RB as a junior when he started to approach 190 pounds. Blakely is more quick than fast and possesses a very high football IQ. He will be ready to help from day one and is very likely to leave his mark in Gainesville. He can run inside or out and has a good foundation in the passing game.

46. Jabari Gorman

School: Miami (Monsignor Pace)

Ht/Wt: 5'9, 175

Position: Cornerback

College: Committed to Florida

The big question with Gorman is whether he is a CB or S. He has Safety skills in a CB body. Gator fans should be familiar with this as Ahmad Black recently concluded a stellar career in Gainesville and he faced some of the same questions. The one thing not in doubt is that Gorman makes his impact felt on the defensive side of the ball.

48. Pop Saunders

School: DeLand (DeLand)

Ht/Wt: 5'9, 180

Position: Cornerback

College: Committed to Florida

Made more of a name for himself as a RB in high school, but he will flip over to the defensive side of the ball where his quickness and ball skills should be highlighted. Saunders has a great feel for the game and should be a stand-out at CB after learning proper technique. Under Armour All-American.

49. JaJuan Story

School: Brooksville (Nature Coast Tech)

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 180

Position: Wide Receiver

College: Committed to Florida

Story has a ton of upside because of length and speed. The issue is that he never had the chance to produce at his projected position(WR), thus he is very raw in the finer points of the position. He could also play Safety where he might have even more potential. Story had a great week of practice at the Under Armour game.

97. Clay Burton

School: Venice (Venice)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 240

Position: Defensive End

College: Committed to Florida

Rock solid is the best way to describe Burton. He has terrific character, has played multiple positions, and makes plays. Burton has good size at the DE position. He probably is not going to be a double digit sack type, but should settle into the rotation early in his career. He will have a tough time living up to what his brother did as a frosh at UF.

Analysis: Hunter Joyer and Tevin Westbrook did not make the top 100. Joyer is a FB. Westbrook is very raw and played suspect competition. Both players have upside.

On paper, this is not the best class that UF has signed of in-state prospects, but there is depth and they did land a number of players who are surefire contributors. It lacks a little of the upside that we have seen at UF recently, but may have less trouble off the field and more team type players. Story, Purifoy, and Westbrook are potential prototypes and can be legit difference makers down the road if they apply themselves. McRoy is a dynamic play-maker who might be the first to contribute.


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