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  • #1 by jbcarol on 09 Feb 2016
  • ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 18m18 minutes ago

    Recapping Florida's national signing day http://es.pn/23UI0bp

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    McElwain's second recruiting class at Florida received mixed reviews from fans. While the Gators added 12 very important early enrollees, this staff didn't exactly close as well as it would have liked. One thing's for sure, though, this staff hit the offensive side of the ball very hard.

    ...The biggest get was former Houston commit Tyrie Cleveland, who was the nation's No. 4 receiver and flipped to the Gators on national signing day.
  • #2 by jbcarol on 11 Feb 2016
  • び Big 10 び ‏@gloryboy_Sean 50m50 minutes ago Norland, FL

    Once you commit you're no longer popular bc you're no longer news. Guys with egos struggle with this & guys without could care less.🏈


    -- Vosean Joseph
  • #3 by jbcarol on 18 Feb 2016
  • In McElwains first full recruiting cycle, the Gators had the core of their 2016 class in place by mid-December with commitments from 23 of their 25 signees, including a school-record 12 early enrollees.

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    UF coaches visited more than 40 recruits for 2017 and 2018 in January.

    We already have great momentum on 17 and 18, McElwain said. Im really excited about that, just the way we were able to kind of get an earlier start with all the guys and build relationships.

    McElwain did not have the luxury of an early start on 2016 prospects. He was handicapped in recruiting when he became Floridas coach in December 2014.

    UF only had eight commitments with less two months remaining in the 2015 cycle...
  • #4 by jbcarol on 19 Feb 2016
  • Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 2m2 minutes ago

    Gators lead for a pair of Top247 recruits http://sec.news/1SWhhrv

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    CB Latavious Brini (Hialeah, Fla.) and DT Aubrey Solomon (Leesburg, Ga.) both attended Floridas Junior Day on Jan. 30 and put the Gators on top after their visits.

    I liked it, I really did, Solomon said of the trip. They really made me feel welcomed. To me, they sit on top right now. I really like what they did. I just like what they do, so theyre at the top for sure.

    Kentucky was the leader for Brini heading into his visit to UF, but that changed after getting offered personally by Jim McElwain.

    Right now, its Florida, Brini said when asked for his leader. The coaches had great energy. The staff was great. Its the type of staff you can talk to and have a great conversation with.

    The head coach sat us down, talked and said, You know you got this offer. Youre a great student and I love your highlight. I was like, oh DBU, thats all I thought running through my head. Florida is great in defense and great in education.

    Brini has gained eight more offers since receiving one from Florida, including Arkansas, LSU and Miami. Most sites have yet to rate him, but hes now a four-star recruit and the nations No. 15 cornerback on 247Sports.

    Solomon is also the 15th-ranked prospect at his position by 247Sports, but hes the No. 5 defensive tackle in the industry-generated composite rankings...

    Both Brini and Solomon told SEC Country theyre taking their recruitments slow and will wait to decide.
  • #5 by jbcarol on 21 Feb 2016
  • Zach Abolverdi ‏@ZachAbolverdi 2h2 hours ago

    Gators working to flip five-star #Auburn commit http://sec.news/1XEYnUW

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    Florida is trying to flip five-star prospect Calvin Ashley, who committed to Auburn last spring. The nations No. 2 offensive tackle from Orlando (Fla.) First Academy visited UF on Saturday.

    It was great, Ashley said. I got here, the coaches welcomed me in. Its just great to be back here. Its a short ride.

    I really like Florida and the facilities. Its just beautiful. Theyve got a great indoor facility they just built.

    Ashley described this trip to Florida as different than his previous ones. The 6-foot-6, 330-pounder said he got a better feel for the program and spent more one-on-one time with Gators coach Jim McElwain and his staff.

    Coach Mac, we sat down and talked about life and just football and being here at Florida, new things theyve got going, he said. And they want to win a national championship.

    I got to sit down and talk to the coaches more, got to go through plays and stuff, got to actually talk to the whole coaching staff individually. It was a great thing to do with my parents.

    Spent time with O-line coach Mike Summers, the former Razorback O-line coach who happens to be the son-in-law of former UK basketball coach Joe B. Hall.
  • #6 by jbcarol on 22 Feb 2016
  • #7 by jbcarol on 03 Mar 2016
  • ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 2h2 hours ago

    Florida coach Jim McElwain recruiting Q&A http://es.pn/1OTAcuZ

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    McElwain: I think we are definitely making up ground. We struck on some pretty good guys that first year, especially for how late we got a jump on it. We landed some guys that fit some specific needs. Having a full year and now another cycle with a crew of 17s that we were able to start on as far as identification more than anything and where our roster needed some holes to be filled. Obviously there were some good players here, lets call it the way it is. Thats a good thing, but on the flip side of that we knew there was a need to bring in some numbers at certain spots. Weve answered some of that.

    Id say the biggest thing for us was saving up those mid-year spots and being actually to put some quality players in those mid-year spots. We brought in 12 of our signing class, so half of our signing class is here for spring practice at some real need areas. Thats the exciting piece. Getting them here early, identifying who and getting them convinced to come.
  • #8 by jbcarol on 18 Mar 2016
  • The numbers will work out for Jim. They always do.

    It may be tough for the Gators to pull a top-five class this year because of numbers. Only 13 scholarships are available for 2017 at this time, so UF probably wont sign more than 20 prospects.

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    I do think with the potential losses on defense after next season, UF has a better chance of playing for a natty this year than in 2017. And with the titles of 96 and 06, maybe the Gators are due for one again.
  • #9 by jbcarol on 03 Apr 2016
  •  Zach Abolverdi ‏@ZachAbolverdi 23h23 hours ago

    Latest edition of Zach's Mail Stack http://sec.news/1ZSb3c7

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    think these are the No. 1 targets for Florida at each position:

    QB Jake Allen (Florida commit)
    RB Adarius Lemons (North Carolina commit)
    WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
    TE Tre McKitty
    OL Calvin Ashley (Auburn commit)
    DT Aubrey Solomon
    DE Jarez Parks
    LB K.J. Britt
    CB Shaun Wade (Ohio State commit)
    S Xavier McKinney (Alabama commit)
    ATH Devan Barrett
  • #10 by jbcarol on 17 Apr 2016

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    In-state prospects will always be the priority for the Gators, but theyre starting to show the ability to recruit nationally as well. UF coach Jim McElwain and his staff expanded Floridas recruiting footprint in the last class, and the envelope is being pushed even more for the 2017 cycle.

    In the past two years, McElwain has landed three players from both Alabama and Texas. He also signed a prospect from Mississippi and Michigan, two states that dont typically produce players for the Gators.

    There were some guys in particular that we evaluated and felt like they were in need positions for us, McElwain said on signing day.

    During the six-year period from 2003-08, the Gators signed a total of eight players from talent-rich Texas and five players out of Alabama, many of them a by-product of Floridas 2006 and 2008 national championships.

    But in the six years following those title runs, UF signed just two Alabama prospects and zero from Texas.
  • #11 by jbcarol on 25 Apr 2016
  • Florida coaches to visit more than 300 in-state high schools this week

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    UF coaching staff hits the road Monday for the first time in the evaluation period, and theyll be hammering the state of Florida.

    UF coach Jim McElwain wants SEC-caliber athletes in Florida to stay in their home state and play for the Gators.

    Weve still got a long ways to go, but well continue to work that in all those areas, McElwain said of in-state recruiting on signing day. Thats something we still need to get better at, and well keep working at it.

    All nine assistants will be in a specified area each day, and theyre scheduled to visit more than 300 high schools this week to evaluate 2017, 2018 and 2019 recruits.

    Heres a breakdown of the areas they will focus on:

    Monday: Central Florida and Jacksonville
    Tuesday: Southwest Florida and Fort Myers, where McElwain will be speaking
    Wednesday: Polk County, St. Petersburg and Tampa, where McElwain will be speaking
    Thursday and Friday: South Florida and the Panhandle

    On Monday, offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and defensive line coach Chris Rumph are attending practice at IMG Academy, where they will see the likes of five-star linebacker Dylan Moses, five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh, ...
  • #12 by jbcarol on 05 May 2016
  • Three-star athlete Kadarius Toney became the latest recruit to give his pledge to Florida

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    6-foot-1, 185-pounder plays quarterback for Blount High School (Eight Mile, Ala.), but committed to the Gators as an athlete. Toney holds eight reported offers and chose UF over Georgia Tech and South Carolina, among others. He becomes the fifth member of the Gators 2017 recruiting class and the first from outside the state of Florida.

    Toney is rated as the nations No. 16 dual-threat quarterback and the state of Alabamas No. 33 prospect
  • #13 by jbcarol on 18 May 2016
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  • #15 by jbcarol on 25 May 2016
  • Gators picked up a commitment from three-star defensive tackle Jordon Scott

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    6-foot-1, 345-pound prospect from Largo, Fla., is rated as the No. 60 defensive tackle nationally in the Class of 2017. He had reported offers from SEC counterparts Kentucky, Ole Miss and Tennessee...

    McElwain now has six pledges for next years class.
  • #16 by jbcarol on 02 Jun 2016
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  • #18 by jbcarol on 19 Jun 2016
  • Jordan Pounceys Florida ties not enough as he commits to Notre Dame

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    Jordan Pounceys cousins, Maurkice and Mike, both starred as Florida Gators, but it does not appear that the 3-star athlete from Winter Park, Fla. will be following in their footsteps.

    Pouncey committed to Notre Dame on Saturday, according to reports, just days after telling SEC Country that he had no timetable for a decision.

    When I was a little kid I use to watch the movie Rudy at least once a week, Jordan Pouncey said.

    Pouncey, who plays both as a wide receiver and defensive back, is expected to play on the offensive side of the ball, according to the Rivals report. Thats the position Pouncey prefers.
  • #19 by jbcarol on 22 Jun 2016

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    Elijah Blades, a 4-star cornerback from John Muir High School in Pasadena, Calif.  announced his decision on Twitter, choosing the Gators over Arizona.
  • #20 by jbcarol on 24 Jun 2016
  • Gators landed their third commitment in as many days Friday when Lakeland (Fla.) linebacker Ventrell Miller made his pledge

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    6-foot, 227-pounder also held offers from Miami, Ole Miss, South Carolina and more than 30 other schools despite his 3-star rating.
  • #21 by jbcarol on 30 Jun 2016

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    GAINESVILLE, Fla. Since he was a kid growing up in Mississippi, playing for the Florida Gators was the goal for Quincy Lenton.

    Prior to the last recruiting cycle, the Gators hadnt signed a prep prospect from Mississippi in 13 years.

    Lenton, a 3-star safety from Meridian High School, stopped the streak.

    Lenton became a Gators fan during their 2006 national championship season. At the time, Mississippi State and Ole Miss had combined records of 20-48 in the last three years. So the Bulldogs and Rebels didnt give him much to celebrate.

    I was just drawn to Florida, Lenton said. I loved those championship teams they had and the swag they played with. Thats also when they started becoming DBU.

    But as Lentons recruiting process picked up, the Bulldogs and Gators were trending in opposite directions. He committed to Mississippi State near the end of its 10-3 season in 2014. Florida fired former coach Will Muschamp that same year.

    As soon as coach (Geoff) Collins went to Florida, Lenton said, that caught my attention.

    His first offer came from Collins when he served as Mississippi States defensive coordinator. Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia, Ole Miss, Missouri and Vanderbilt all joined the race for Lenton afterward.

    But playing for Collins and the Gators
  • #22 by jbcarol on 10 Jul 2016
  • Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 5m5 minutes ago

    Florida TE prospect Tre McKitty commits to Oregon


     Josh Vitale ‏@AUBlog 13m13 minutes ago

    Three-star Florida tight end Tre' McKitty (IMG Academy) commits to Oregon. Auburn had been in his final three schools along with Florida.
  • #23 by jbcarol on 22 Jul 2016
  • Florida picked up its first commitment from its Friday Night Lights recruiting event: Class of 2017 three-star linebacker James Houston

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    Houston, from American Heritage School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the Gators 11th commit in the Class of 2017.

    Houston said he tore his ACL a few weeks ago running a route as a tight end during a 7-on-7 competition...
  • #24 by jbcarol on 25 Jul 2016
  • Gators land Floridas No. 1 RB, Adarius Lemons

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    Adarius Lemons, a 4-star running back from Clearwater, Fla., flipped from North Carolina to UF.

    Florida now has 12 members in its 2017 class following the additions of Lemons and linebacker James Houston this weekend.
  • #25 by jbcarol on 02 Aug 2016
  • #26 by jbcarol on 05 Aug 2016
  • SEC Country ‏@seccountry 5h5 hours ago

    The #Gators currently have the nation's 15th ranked recruiting class for 2017, but still ranks at 8th in the #SEC.

    Seven 4★'s and six 3★'s.
  • #27 by jbcarol on 06 Aug 2016
  • Ever wonder how Florida is making the numbers work?

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    GAINESVILLE, Fla. Florida was expected to have a smaller class size for 2017, but roster turnover may change that.

    Former starting quarterback Treon Harris transferred from the program last week [possible deal related to the Title IX incident], and defensive linemen Thomas Holley and Andrew Ivie have received medical hardships.

    With those developments, UF now has 17 scholarships available in this years recruiting cycle. That number will increase between now and signing day with additional attrition and early departures for the NFL.

    Four juniors linebacker Alex Anzalone, defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and cornerbacks Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson could potentially turn pro after this season. Theres also a few more transfer candidates remaining on the roster.

    It was initially thought the Gators would sign around 20 recruits in their 2017 class, but they could finish closer to a full class size of 25. Florida currently has 13 verbal commitments.
  • #28 by jbcarol on 06 Aug 2016
  • #29 by jbcarol on 08 Aug 2016

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    Six months away from signing day, Florida is close to meeting its major needs in the 2017 class.

    Coming into this cycle, the priorities for UF were cornerback, defensive tackle, tight end, linebacker and offensive line. The Gators have now hit their needs at tight end with Saturdays commitment of Zech Byrd and Kemore Gamble already in the fold.

    By the end of this month, they could also be done at two more positions. A pair of Floridas top cornerback targets have decision dates set for Aug. 17 (Brad Stewart) and Aug. 26 (Shawn Davis). Following a weekend trip to UF, 4-star defensive tackle Fred Hansard plans to decide any day now.

    Those additions would give the Gators four cornerbacks and three defensive tackles in their class. They could use a third linebacker and a couple more offensive linemen, which theyll likely land, but the aforementioned positions (CB, DT, TE) are the biggest priorities this year.

    With 14 commitments and more scholarships available after the teams latest attrition, Florida is able add about eight or nine recruits to the class. Expect those numbers to be filled with a wide receiver, two more O-linemen, another defensive tackle and end, a linebacker, two more cornerbacks and a safety.

    For fans who care about star ratings and recruiting rankings, the Gators are doing well in both of those areas. Nine of their 14 commits are rated 4-star recruits by at least two recruiting services, an improvement from where last years class was at this time.

    Of the Gators five consensus 3-star commits, four of them hold offers from at least two of these schools Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss and South Carolina. Houston, who committed at Friday Night Lights, has Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Michigan and Tennessee as well. He is also Floridas only in-state pledge with offers from both FSU and Miami.

    UF coach Jim McElwain and his staff made in-state recruiting the first and foremost priority in this cycle, and the results are impressive thus far.

    Excluding three IMG Academy players, none of whom are from Florida, the Gators have the states No. 1 quarterback, running back, tight end and strongside defensive end. They also have the No. 4 cornerback, No. 5 wide receiver and No. 5 offensive tackle in the Sunshine State.

    UF has continued expanding its national recruiting footprint as well, landing two prospects from Alabama (both with Crimson Tide offers) and California cornerback Elijah Blades...
  • #30 by jbcarol on 10 Aug 2016
  • Why has Florida struck out at IMG Academy?

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    IMG Academy fielded its first football team in 2013, and every year top recruits from around the country transfer to the school.

    Theyre getting great people in there, McElwain said at SEC spring meetings. The concept is fine. They do a great job. Hopefully one of these days they like us, too. I dont know.

    Florida hasnt signed an IMG player in the last three recruiting cycles, and it doesnt look like that will change in the 2017 class.

    Florida State and Miami have landed multiple prospects from the school, as have Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and A&M.

    This year the Gators were unable to land IMG targets Grant Delpit (LSU) or tight end Tre McKitty (Oregon).

    While IMG Academy is in Florida, the majority of its players are not...
  • #31 by jbcarol on 23 Aug 2016
  • Top-ranked running back in the state of Florida, Adarius Lemons, announced via Twitter that he was rescinding his commitment


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    This isnt Lemons first decommitment. Clearwater (Fla.) High running back originally committed to North Carolina in March but broke that commitment to flip to head coach Jim McElwain and the Gators on July 24.

    Prior to Lemons decommitment, the Gators Class of 2017 was ranked as 15th in the nation. But Lemons was a key part of the class, one of seven 4-star recruits and the second-highest ranked. He also was the only running back commitment and one of only two skill-position players.
  • #32 by jbcarol on 23 Aug 2016
  • #33 by holeinthewall on 24 Aug 2016
  • Which sites rankings are being used?

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    Excluding three IMG Academy players, none of whom are from Florida, the Gators have the states No. 1 quarterback, running back, tight end and strongside defensive end. They also have the No. 4 cornerback, No. 5 wide receiver and No. 5 offensive tackle in the Sunshine State.
  • #34 by jbcarol on 28 Aug 2016
  • '17 3-star Miami Southridge CB Shawn Davis has given a verbal to the Gators.
  • #35 by jbcarol on 30 Sep 2016
  • Mail Stack: Could Florida poach any LSU commits? You betcha.

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    GAINESVILLE, Fla. Florida took one on the chin last Saturday, but the players have put the loss behind them as they look to bounce back Saturday at Vanderbilt.

    Then comes the LSU game, which will be the biggest weekend of the year for UF recruiting and a chance for the Gators to put on a show in The Swamp.

    The Tigers are reeling following the firing of their head coach, Les Miles. His dismissal will not only benefit the Gators on the gridiron, but potentially in recruiting as well.

    LSU has the nations No. 4 class and 20 verbal commitments for 2017.

    Two of them have heavy interest in Florida 4-star cornerback Grant Delpit (Bradenton, Fla.) and 4-star cornerback Kary Vincent (Port Arthur, Texas).

    They committed to the Tigers in July but still plan to officially visit UF. Delpit is a New Orleans native who was displaced by Hurricane Katrina and relocated in Houston before transferring to IMG.

    Floridas best shot, of course, is Delpit. Both he and Vincent told SEC Countrys Sam Spiegelman theyre sticking with LSU.
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  • #38 by jbcarol on 26 Oct 2016

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    4-star running back from Clearwater, Fla., announced the move Tuesday, which had been expected with his recent troubles off the field. Lemons was dismissed from his high school football team in early October following his second suspension this year.

    The 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect flipped from North Carolina to Florida after visiting the Gators for Friday Night Lights...

    Lemons hopes to rejoin Floridas class down the road if he can pass his ACT and qualify academically. UF now has 15 verbal commitments for 2017.

    The Gators are expected to land Malik Davis, a 3-star running back from Tampa.

    Michael Carvell ‏@Michael_Carvell 9m9 minutes ago

    Florida lands RB Malik Davis
  • #39 by jbcarol on 27 Oct 2016

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    ACT test and qualifying academically is not the only concern with Lemons. With two suspensions this year, he obviously has some issues off the field and I know Florida is trying to help him address those.

    If he shows significant progress in that area and also makes the necessary grades, I think the UF staff would consider taking Lemons.


    Q: theres many backs, if you were to see one of them leaving, which would it be?

    This seems somewhat inevitable with all four scholarship backs returning next year, another one coming in (new commit Malik Davis) and 5-star recruit Lorenzo Lingard lurking for 2018.

    The obvious candidate to me would be Jordan Cronkrite...

    ... That's the way it is.
  • #40 by jbcarol on 11 Nov 2016

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    This may sound surprising, but those limitations actually appeal to most offensive recruits. They see it as an opportunity to play right away at a big-time program, and Florida has done enough good things under McElwain to show them the offense can be productive...

    There have still been more negatives than positives, but McElwain can sell the highlights to recruits. That success gives them confidence in the offensive system, but the struggles indicate that theres still a lack of talent on the roster.
  • #41 by jbcarol on 30 Dec 2016
  • '17 Mallard Creek OT, a biscuit shy of .9 and 3 bills, TJ Moore gave a verbal to Florida.
  • #42 by jbcarol on 08 Jan 2017

  • Gators lose out on Aubrey Phillips - Solomon Thomas combo

    Bama and UGa still in with SC and Michigan
  • #43 by jbcarol on 08 Jan 2017
  • #44 by jbcarol on 13 Jan 2017

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    Gators have their first commitment of the 2018 recruiting cycle.

    The Gators have landed 2018 athlete Jaylynn Williams, a 3-star recruit from the state of Florida.


  • #45 by jbcarol on 16 Jan 2017

  • ex-Arkansas O-line coach left Florida to work for Bobby again
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  • Zach Abolverdi ‏@ZachAbolverdi 11h11 hours ago

    Nick Smith and Brad Stewart were two of the eight recruits I expected Florida to land on signing day. #Gators got them to commit early.
  • #49 by jbcarol on 30 Jan 2017
  • #50 by jbcarol on 31 Jan 2017

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    James Robinson, a 4-star wide receiver from Lakeland, Fla., is no longer a target for the Gators. As of Saturday, UF coach Jim McElwain had chosen to continue recruiting Robinson after meeting with him on Friday and vetting his marijuana citation while on an official visit to Ohio State.

    However, the UF administration got involved Monday and Florida wont be sending Robinson a letter of intent.

    Twin brothers Brandon Gaddy and Breyon Gaddy, Maryland defensive tackles, have academic hurdles ahead of them and the Gators must sign at least two more defensive tackles. Florida cannot afford to pass on other targets and fill its needs at the position with a pair of prospects who may not qualify.

    Gators are also still in play for JUCO defensive tackle Malik Young (Eastern Arizona C.C.).
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