Football Recruiting Roundup
Urban Meyer decided to leave Utah and accept the head coaching position at Florida in December. And with the ink from his contract barely dry, Meyer has already had a significant impact on the Gators' recruiting class this year.
Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.) quarterback Josh Portis committed to Meyer and Utah in October, but he changed his mind to the Gators when Meyer left for Gainesville. Portis is considered one of the top signal callers in the country.
Earlier this month, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) wide receiver Nyan Boateng pledged to the Gators during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Boateng is rated the No. 57 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com.
Then this past week, Meyer dipped into the Lone Star State when he received commitments from outstanding recruits in Mansfield Summit (Arlington, Texas) running back Kestahn Moore and Rider (Wichita Falls, Texas) wide receiver David Nelson.
Meyer also landed top-notch local recruits this past week in Coral Reef (Miami, Fla.) defensive back Dorian Munroe and First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.) linebacker Ryan Stamper. Munroe de-committed from Florida State and Stamper de-committed from Auburn.
Florida is also in the running for Top 100 recruits such as Mainland (Daytona Beach, Fla.) defensive back Avery Atkins, Middleton (Tampa, Fla.) wide receiver O.J. Murdock and Westside (Houston, Texas) running back R.J. Jackson.
Atkins, who is rated the No. 37 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com, has already verballed to the Gators, but he recently visited Florida State. He will announce his decision next week on National Signing Day.
Murdock is rated the No. 65 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com, while Jackson is rated the No. 69 recruit in the country.
If Meyer is able to land all three, the Gators will have a shot at cracking the Top 10 recruiting classes.
Sign of the Times
With National Signing Day less than a week away — Wednesday, Feb. 2 — there are still plenty of top recruits who have yet to make their recruiting decisions.
Among the top available recruits are Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) wide receiver Fred Rouse, East St. John (Reserve. La.) quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, Miami Carol City (Miami, Fla.) defensive back Kenneth Phillips, Lakewood (Lakewood, Calif.) linebacker Luthur Brown and Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
In particular, Rouse and Perrilloux are two recruits whose decisions merit close attention. Perrilloux has given a soft commitment to Texas, but he is still considering LSU and Mississippi State. Meanwhile, Rouse is down to Alabama, Texas, Florida State and Miami.
Rumors have circulated that Rouse and Perrilloux could both wind up at Texas, which would give the Longhorns arguably the nation's top quarterback and wide receiver.
Stay tuned to SchoolSports.com on National Signing Day for all the latest information.