• #51 by jbcarol on 31 Jan 2017
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  • Luke Stampini ‏@LukeStampini 15m15 minutes ago

    Boy, I'm good at catching fools put in Crystal Ball predictions after news of the commitment breaks.

    Well @ grammer two
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  • Looks like they had a change of heart over night.  Wonder what caused that?

    A source told ESPN that University of Florida administrators had originally decided not to allow the Gators to sign Robinson, who is ranked as the No. 70 prospect in the ESPN 300. However, as Robinson was scrambling to find a home on national signing day, the source said officials had a change of heart and allowed McElwain to sign the 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect out of Lakeland (Florida) High School
  • #58 by jbcarol on 01 Feb 2017
  • Looks like they had a change of heart over night.  Wonder what caused that?

    Monday university administrators decided to prevent his signing. A Jan. 21 marijuana citation was among cited factors.

    With that development, Robinson cancelled his scheduled signing-day announcement on ESPNU and postponed his decision.

    Florida coach Jim McElwain wanted to sign Robinson after vetting the citation. Wednesday, McElwain got his wish.

    “We’re excited that we’re going to be a big part of helping him,” McElwain said. “As soon as you start throwing stones at somebody for making a mistake, look in the mirror and see if you’ve ever made one yourself.

    “Yet the most important thing is knowing he’s going to have a great support system here, as all our players do, to help him be successful and learn from different things that go on. He’s committed to that.”

    Gators became the team to beat for Robinson after having him for an official visit on Jan. 20. However, the Under Armour All-American took a trip to Ohio State the following weekend and was cited for marijuana, resulting in a $93 fine.

    A group of Ohio state players were smoking with Robinson at the time, but he was the only person cited despite the marijuana not belonging to him.

    “My guess is there’s a few people in this crowd right here that have some regrets on things they’ve done,” McElwain said during Wednesday’s media conference on National Signing Day. “And yet at the same time, take responsibility for it.

    “Here is the good thing: We get an opportunity to be involved in his life. We get an opportunity to help him move forward, as we do all the players on this team. I’m excited about him being a Gator.”
  • #59 by jbcarol on 02 Feb 2017
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  • It ain’t over until the fax lady sings

    Fans and media members criticized McElwain’s class as it hovered outside of the top 15 in team rankings. Then the class plummeted last week.

    Recruiting is a $ynonym for fluid.

    Florida had dropped to No. 31 in the team rankings.

    Florida wasn’t done recruiting yet, even if the end was near.

    It’s the best group Florida has signed since 2013. The 2014 class looked better on paper, but 13 of those 24 have either transferred or not contributed yet.

    Gators landed 10 commitments over the final five days, including four of their five highest-rated signees.

    Of the 23 signees, only a handful will make significant contributions to the team next season.

    That could certainly change with injuries, as we saw in 2016 at linebacker [during and after the Arkansas game].

    JuJuan Seider, the running backs coach at West Virginia, will be joining Florida’s staff. Seider has a strong reputation as a recruiter, specifically in South Florida.

    James Robinson was omitted in this article
  • #61 by jbcarol on 04 Feb 2017

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    6-0 Wilson does not yet have a grade from 247Sports Composite.

    He is the second Gators commitment for the 2018 class, as he joins athlete Jalynn Williams who is a 3-star recruit.
  • #62 by jbcarol on 25 Mar 2017

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    Gators landed a commitment from 6-foot-4 WR Frank Ladson, a 2019 prospect from South Dade.

    Ladson is the third commitment for Florida’s 2019 class joining 5-star safety Jaleel Mcrae and defensive tackle Jaqaueze Sorrells.
  • #63 by jbcarol on 26 Mar 2017
  • South Dade WR Frank Ladson gave a verbal to the Gators.

    This '19 WR prospect is not yet rated.
  • #64 by jbcarol on 08 Apr 2017

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    Goss is a 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive tackle and is a 3-star prospect... [Gators']

    He joins 4-star safety C.J. Smith, 3-star cornerback Divaad Wilson and 3-star wide receiver Jalynn Williams in the 2018 Gators recruiting class.

    Cornerback Tyrique Stevenson committed to Florida on Friday morning. He is in the 2019 recruiting class.

    Florida now has four commitments for its 2019 class. Stevenson joins safety Jaleel McRae, defensive tackle Jaquaze Sorrells and wide receiver Frank Ladson. The Gators have the No. 3 class in the 2019 cycle.
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  • 2019 WR John Dunmore has committed to Florida. He attended the spring game last night.
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  • .9046-rated ATH from Mount Holly, NJ
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    Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier spoke out against it. More than a half dozen coaches, including McElwain, liked the idea.

    “I think there’s a lot of merit to it,” McElwain said. “At times, the things that happen to you with a lot of kids, they want to go to a place, so let’s get it over with [and sign early]. I think it will really help in the long run. … I think it’s one of those things that is needed, but I’m not sure any of us know [what] the ramifications will be once it goes down.

    “When are you going to be able to get some guys on campus? Obviously, you’re going to have to hustle during the season for your visits. That will be interesting. You know, I’m not sure about the exact best way to do it. I think maybe going into a kid’s senior year [he could sign], if he’s prepared to do that.”

  • #69 by jbcarol on 28 May 2017
  •  Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell 22s22 seconds ago

    Gators Land 2019 Safety

    Gators added to their 2019 recruiting class on Sunday. Trent Whittemore, a safety out of Buchholz...

    Whittemore also had offers from South Alabama and Troy. He is the sixth commitment to Florida’s 2019 class.
  • #70 by jbcarol on 03 Jun 2017

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    Former Notre Dame quarterback sent out a celebratory tweet a couple hours after the SEC cleared the way for him to join Florida’s football team. And unless he’s a huge fan of National Doughnut Day, it’s presumably his reaction to the conference changing its graduate transfer rule.
  • #71 by jbcarol on 08 Jun 2017

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    That was message to Justin Fields when Gators coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier began recruiting the 5-star QB from Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga.

    Fields made headlines Tuesday night with his de-commitment from Penn State, a move that opens the door for several powerhouse programs in need of a quarterback for the Class of 2018.

    A pledge from Fields would give the Gators their biggest recruit since Tebow.

    From 2006-15, UF landed at least one top-10 overall prospect in the Rivals100 rankings in nine of the 10 years. McElwain and his predecessors signed several elite players with NFL talent during that decade-long run, but those additions would not match the magnitude of a Fields commitment.

    Quarterback is the most important position in all of sports. It’s been seven years since Florida had Tebow as their signal caller, back when offense was dominant at UF and the football program competed perennially for national titles.

    His rankings: No. 1 dual-threat quarterback, No. 6 overall prospect. His suitors: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and LSU.
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  • Looks like they had a change of heart over night.  Wonder what caused that?

  • #77 by jbcarol on 15 Jul 2017

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    Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program. One of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.”

    2. CB Vernon Hargreaves III (2012): That’s right, Friday Night Lights coincided with commitments from two of the greatest cornerbacks in school history. Hargreaves couldn’t attend because of Gridiron Kings, so his pledge went public the night before the camp. The monumental moment gave UF the buzz it needed. The event produced five commitments in four days, including the nation’s No. 1 cornerback in Hargreaves. He earned first-team All-American honors as a sophomore and junior ...

    3. RB Mack Brown (2009): [He's Mack Brown-lite! He's Mack Brown-like!]
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  •  Kevin Brockway‏ @gatorhoops 2h2 hours ago

    Interesting article on why Gators passed on Vandy RB Ralph Webb -

    There’s not doubt Will Muschamp had great success as a recruiter when he was at Florida, especially on the defensive side of the ball. But he also had some great misses. Some from prospects who grew up as Gator fans and played right down the road from The Swamp.

    Two come to mind, and they were from the same outstanding Gainesville High team.

    Linebacker Keith Kelsey, a  UF legacy who went on to become an All-ACC player at Louisville (and now is working on a potential NFL career). And running back Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt’s all-time leading rusher, with one more season still to go.

    I bring this up now because I saw Muschamp and Webb at SEC Media Days last week and a few days later watched Kelsey make what seemed like 100 tackles on a replay of a game from last season a few nights ago.

    How did Webb and Kelsey not end up at Florida?

    Metrics. Muschamp’s metrics.

    When it came to recruiting and rating prospects, Muschamp and his staff had something comparable to an NFL team’s draft board. They listed prospects along with all their measurables —
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    Florida followed up its biggest Friday Night Lights in event history with a commitment from 5-star quarterback Matt Corral.

    Gators now have a dozen pledges in their 2018 class, which is ranked 18th nationally...

  • #87 by jbcarol on 24 Jul 2017

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    Gators now have 13 commitments in their 2018 class and Chase is the eighth recruit they’ve landed this week.
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  •  Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell 20s20 seconds ago

    How Matt Corral — and not Justin Fields — became Florida’s 5-star QB commit

    Chump Chat:
    Gators have landed eight commitments in the last week, highlighted by 5-star quarterback Mat Corral