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Florida Gators 2013 Recruiting Class

Escambia94

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Once the players start signing LOIs, I can start posting more details on each player. Three of the EEs plan on signing their LOIs before winter break so they can start class in January. There are another five EEs that may sign LOIs the first week of school. Once they sign the LOIs, they are officially Gators and we can start caring about them enough for each one to get his own thread for discussion.
 

Escambia94

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Today marked the first day of early enrollment at Florida, and the Gators signed three of the seven EEs--OL Trenton Brown (6'8", 335, Nebraska and St. Petersburg CC), OL Tyler Moore (6'6", 310, Georgia Military College), Darious Cummings (6'2", 301, Florida State and East Mississippi College). Expect the other four EEs to sign between now an the first day of class in January--RB Kelvin Taylor, LB Daniel McMillian, LB Matt Rolin, and S Marcell Harris.



 

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ALL of these are key recruits--by every sign or clue big-time players at some of our key positions-of-need.
 

Escambia94

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Back on the thread topic, if Shariff Floyd enters the draft, the Gators will have 25 scholarships available. That means there is room for 25 recruits in 2013. Currently, we think we will have 25 on NSD, but anything can happen.

The math goes something like this, plus or minus a few.
The Gators end the 2012 academic year with 81 scholarships. Subtract Willie Bailey and Jafar Mann from the class of 2012, 8 graduating seniors, and 6 redshirt seniors that have exhausted eligibility. Subtract three preferred walk-on scholarships that are not guaranteed, and we have 65 scholarships. Subtract the recent announcement of Matt Patchan's and Pop Saunders' transfers and we have 63. That is 22 scholarships available in 2013, but we have a 24 or 25 verbals committed. Jeremy Brown and Kedric Johnson are expected to leave the program due to lack of playing time, and Shariff Floyd is expected to enter the NFL draft. This should have the Gators at 25 scholarships available.
 

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Note: this thread is for discussion on the incoming class of 2013. Discussions on player transfers have been moved to a new thread. Matt Patchan's thread is [here].
 

Escambia94

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Look for the following potential Gators in the US Army All American Bowl on Saturday, January 5th, 2013 at the San Antonio Alamodome. Players highlighted in blue are verbally committed to Florida, with some ready to make public commitment at the game. Players highlighted in orange are players with interest in Florida, but have not yet made a strong commitment.
24 Mackensie Alexander DB EAST Immokalee High School Immokalee, FL
15 Ahmad Fulwood WR EAST Bishop Kenny High School Jacksonville, FL
13 Daniel McMillian LB EAST First Coast High School Jacksonville, FL
22 Jordan Sherit DL EAST Hillsborough High School Lutz, FL
77 Laremy Tunsil OL EAST Columbia High School South Lake City, FL
 

Escambia94

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Look for the following potential Gators in the Under Armour All America Game on Friday, January 4th, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Players in blue are already committed to Florida, and players in orange are uncommitted, but could announce commitments to Florida (or another school).

1 Vernon Hargreaves CB ESPN150 Wharton High School Tampa, FL
1 Kelvin Taylor RB ESPN150 Glades Day HS Belle Glade, FL
5 Caleb Brantley DT ESPN150 Crescent City HS Crescent City, FL
5 Vonn Bell S ESPN150 Ridgeland HS Rossville, GA uncommitted
6 Keanu Neal S ESPN150 South Sumter HS Bushnell, FL
7 Marcell Harris S ESPN150 Dr. Phillips HS Orlando, FL
7 Alvin Bailey ATH ESPN150 Armwood HS Seffner, FL
7 Matt Rolin OLB ESPN150 Briar Woods HS Ashburn, VA
8 Quinton Powell OLB ESPN150 Mainland HS Daytona Beach, FL decommitted
6 Elijah Daniel DE ESPN150 Avon HS Avon, IN uncommitted
2 Trey Johnson ILB ESPN150 Central Gwinnett HS Lawrenceville, GA uncommitted
10 Ebenezer Ogundeko DE ESPN150 Thomas Jefferson HS Brooklyn, NY uncommitted
 

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Whatta ya wanna bet we make a full-on, hard-charge for Vonn Bell now--the high-rated and more-coveted-than-ever SAFETY from up-the-road in Rossville, GA? We're probably gonna have PLENTY of DBs--smaller/lighter/faster ones maybe "FORMER DBs", too, if necessary...but a rangier, highly athletic one who can lock up with their tall/fast/go-to WR is something EVERY defense covets--and we are no exception, less so than ever given our current situation.
 

Escambia94

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To be honest, I have no idea how heavy the Gator coaches are pursuing players. They do a pretty good job of keeping these things private. Recruiting services are getting frustrated that their only leads tend to come from kids' Twitter and Facebook accounts. All those sports nuts paying for premium access to recruiting information are wasting their money, because Florida coaches are being sneaky.

That being said, since Vonn Bell was not invited to the senior banquet, I have no idea if he is being heavily pursued or not. I do know that most of the kids who were invited to the senior banquet have stayed firm with commitments to Florida, other than Quinton Powell.
 

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To be honest, I have no idea how heavy the Gator coaches are pursuing players. They do a pretty good job of keeping these things private. Recruiting services are getting frustrated that their only leads tend to come from kids' Twitter and Facebook accounts. All those sports nuts paying for premium access to recruiting information are wasting their money, because Florida coaches are being sneaky.

That being said, since Vonn Bell was not invited to the senior banquet, I have no idea if he is being heavily pursued or not. I do know that most of the kids who were invited to the senior banquet have stayed firm with commitments to Florida, other than Quinton Powell.
You're right in your analysis of who we've shown how-much attention to, AND in the degree of frustration among those (I must agree, ridiculous-to-pay-for) "Recruiting Tracking Services"--and this is FAR from coincidence: Would it come as a real shock to learn that in these latter stages of the long process for this particular year's (ie. 2013) recruiting-class that consideration is given in ALL moves--INCLUDING, for example, who we invited to our "Senior Banquet", given the messages it sends--with an eye to NOT focussing attention on any late-in-the-day "adjustments" in what we "may be needing" after all, and WHO we're about to turn more of our attention on in order to FILL those needs? (If I go any further than posing that somewhat rhetorical question, I will be violating a promise I made to someone, so...) We've just had an all-too-chaotic-but-clear demo of what can happen when this sort of thing sees the light-of-day: That whole flip-flop-flip with the kid from Clemson is a lesson in how and why these things are better operated quietly, slowly, and "on the down-low"--you want to be the LAST "flip" or "flop", a lot likelier if it doesn't come out, at least how heavily you are pushing, 'til the very end.
(Even here, though--and this shows how crazy and strange this whole process has become--at the same time we fans were stressing over "losing out on another recruit to Clemson", the truth is that amongst our recruiting staff there were some relative BENEFITS here: For eg., turns out there is another, to-our-staff-at-LEAST-as-desirable prospect at that position who was worried about our taking both of them, but now is "quietly enthusiastic" in leaning towards us--apparently unbeknownst to a cross-state school that is still-confident in his one-time enthusiasm for THEIR program...That Gator Nation isn't hearing about this is "a GOOD thing", then: The idea, of course, is to leave "the OTHER guy" surprised and bummed-out on NSD.)
 

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  • Ahmad Fulwood @5_bits Committed to the University of Florida. 2013 U.S. Army All-American#Gatornation #TrappinOutDaBando
    • Rock the orange and blue til I'm in a grave.
    • @DCSNole: @5_bits ur on UFs. Please have a seat. Y'all lost to Louisville! #gatorproblems” refresh my memory what was the UFvsFSU score?
    • @OhhhFC: @5_bits twitter guy instead if celebrating guy. Louisville partyin hard!” Congrats Louisville on a great win.
    • lsu South Carolina Texas a&m and especially Fsu fans shouldn't talk about us losing. We beat all of y'all. The better team tonight won
  • Darious C Cummings @UF_DC3 Former Nole | Current Florida Gator | #⃣ 2 | Phi Delt ΦΔΘ | Blessed Beyond Belief | Future 1st Rounder
    • Win or lose! I still made a good choice in picking #UF!Darious C Cummings
    • @UF_DC3*TIME TO EAT! #SECCHAMPS2014 #NATIONALCHAMPS2014 #GATORS
    • *Tebow Voice* I promise you won't see a team work as hard as us this off season and next season #Gators
    • @UF_DC3 Hopefully you guys/recruits see how much Florida needs you now. Early playing time. #GatorForLife
    • Last workout day before I head up to #TheSwamp!
  • Jordan Sherit @JSherit17
    • Crazy thinking that's the last gator game I'll watch from my house In quite some time.
    • @5_bits it only puts a chip on our shoulders for next year!! They dont know whats coming to them next year!!
    • Like my man @UF_DC3 said, Im just ready for that offseason grind. Hungrier now more then ever.
    • Whole bunch of Gator haters tonight
  • Nick Washington @NickWashingtonn
    • You win some you lose some..Nick Washington
    • @NickWashingtonn*Actually you Win 11 you lose 2.... Gator till I die.
    • Jalen, Demarcus and I clowning at practice. Gator boy(s) tehepic.twitter.com/BDAV9OCG
    • I love seeing guys Gator Chomp in the #UAAllAmericanGame! Hint hint, @5_bits @NickWashingtonn @JSherit17 @TDeel25 @Tres_III#GoGators
    • Florida commit“@NickWashingtonn: Next year when I'm playing for them,we better wear that Blue on Orangecombination or I will be highly upset
  • Vernon Hargreaves @Tres_III Committed to the University of Florida ! Pissed off for Greatness#LiveAction #GeekSquad
    • Tough game .. smh !Vernon Hargreaves
    • @Tres_III cute ahh Gator fans !!!
    • love all my gator commits ! #Gatorsbih
  • Joey Ivie @JoeyIvie Committed to the University of Florida #MidyearGraduate #D1 #Blessed #GodFirst #Dreamer #2013RecruitingClass #GraduatedFromPHS #UFClassOf2017
    • @LilPrincessSare lol just to let you know I am part of the #1 recruting class in the nation. So Florida is about to run things
    • Getting stuff for my dorm, UF on Monday ;)
    • Not many people can say they are starting college at 17 ;)#GatorOnTheRise
  • Matt Rolin @Rolin_9#7 OLB in the country. Committed to The University of Florida. Under Armour All American. Ambition is a way of life, it's a mind set, Follow Me
    • (Rolin pretty much re-tweeted all the above Tweets. His original tweets focus on the UA game tonight.)
New update. Caleb Brantley @TheKidd34 just re-committed to Florida.
  • Florida's recruiting class is coming back together. @_thekidd34 Caleb Brantley is back on board. Likely moving back to #1 on ESPN recruiting.
 

Escambia94

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WR Demarcus Robinson, who previously committed to Clemson, then de-committed and committed to Florida, then de-committed to Florida to re-commit to Clemson only a day later has "re-de-committed" from Clemson to "re-re-commit" to Florida. Catch all that? He will be on campus at 4:30 to register for classes. This is the first week of classes, but drop/add goes on until the end of the week without penalty, or until next week with penalty (if you have ever suffered the wrath of UF registration for missing drop/add, you know what I am talking about).

Welcome to the Gator Nation, Demarcus!
 

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Update:

Trenton Brown had some issues with his grades transferring in, so his early enrollment will start in the summer, not the spring.

Demarcus Robins is indeed on campus and sporting lots of Gator gear. He looks excited. My guess is that he secretly wanted to go to Florida, but mom and head coach kept pushing him to Clemson against Demarcus' wishes. In the end, it looks like a little extra nudge from one of the Florida coaches must have brought him to Gainesville.
 

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Need to Update that Dominique Easley is returning for his Senior year. Probably the best news yet, considering that top HS defensive talent want to get on the field beside him and learn from the best. 2013 is looking good, I think VHIII is our best Defensive recruit so far, and Kelvin Taylor could be our best Offensive recruit.
 

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I did get some more bits and pieces of both the Demarcus "Flip Flop Saga" and news on a handful of other out-of-state grabs that currently are being counted in OTHER schools' classes but that we are supposedly "real close to picking up", but until there is something more solid to report, I'm more-and-more inclined to leave it alone for now...This all well-demonstrates the crazy, vague and tenuous nature of the whole process, how elusive and strange the forces at work and weird world otherwise tough and pragmatic Coaches must enter and move in if they are to gather a decent recruiting-class together, and then bring it IN. Frankly, just talking about it, without being able to name player or school, feels kind of small, silly and petty, like high school gossip (it's certainly no more substantial at the pre-official stage)--so I can only imagine what it feels like to a tough and dignified adult-Coach. For myself, unless it is something REALLY noteworthy AND somewhat more concrete than these back-channel, "can't give the details yet" situations, I will stick to what I DO know:
It looks to be a good thing we still have some space for more scholarships, we may well fill the bulk of them before this is all done, and in addition to the ones we have and are in the final running for mostly IN-state, there are a number of widely-coveted out-of-state kids who are quietly "moving.."(or have "already moved")"...in our direction", and that these are ALL at "positions of need". All in all, even with just a few of these "last minute probablys", as far as prospects go this class is shaping up as amazing, better than could be hoped for or foreseen.
 

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Linebacker Alex Anzalone just decommited from Notre Dame and will enroll early at Florida. Note that Anzalone had committed to tOSU and ND before making the final decision to Florida. I had him on our recruiting tracker the whole time, but never expected him to flip back to Florida. Tomorrow is the last day of drop/add on campus.

The last two recruits, Anzalone and Robinson, sure have been interesting. I hope they do great things on campus.

The next concern is how the other defensive recruits will view the addition of yet another linebacker. Expect one of the defensive recruits to flip to another school as we get a crowded class of 2013.
 

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I have these guys listed on the first page as well, but look for de-commitments from some of the 3* guys that are getting bumped by new 4* players, and look for a last minute flip from at least one of these guys:
  • Elijah Daniel
  • Alex Collins
  • Jarran Reed
  • Jaynard Bostwick
  • Montravious Adams
  • James Clark
  • Chris Jones
  • Jalen Ramey
  • Mackensie Alexander
Some of these kids are committed elsewhere, but some are taking a visit this month before making final selection. The probability is low of snagging more than one of these. The probability is pretty high of losing one of the current 27 commitments, unless they are okay with playing behind a 4* stud.
 

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...OR if they have the confidence (and possibly back-channel encouragement) that they are under-rated to start with, expect to continue growing, improving on top of THAT, and will come as long as we make room for them somehow to get a scholly and COMPETE--which, considering how recruiting is more "hit-or-miss" than "science", may often turn out to be exactly the kind of kid we WANT. Regardless, in this way we will reach or come CLOSE to reaching our limit this time--and that will include some "creative" work with the dates and rules and so on that supposedly constrict but in truth open-up some "flexibility" in those "limits" (which, given how these shift from year-to-year, may be better followed, taken into account and/or explained by E- once we get down to the end of the madness over the next couple-of-weeks).
Thing is, are "a couple/few extra spaces for later" more valuable in themselves, if not this year then next, than rejecting the "experts' ratings" and rolling-the-dice on supposed "lesser" 3-star talent now, if/when it comes down to that?
 
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