January 24th, 2011 04:41pm

10 prospects to keep an eye on

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With nine days until National Signing Day, the anxiety in Gainesville is almost overwhelming.

New coach Will Muschamp hasn’t exactly delivered the most exciting month of recruiting for Florida, but he’s shown that he and his staff will be relentless. It’s always hard for a first-year coach to immediately succeed in the recruiting world, but the lack of enthusiasm around Florida’s 2011 class has fans upset with how things have gone thus far.

Internet message boards are on fire with talk of poor recruiting tactics by Muschamp, and some Gators fans are already considering this class to be a dud. However, no letters of intent have been signed and Florida’s coaches haven’t stopped talking with prospects (committed and uncommitted). There is still some time for Florida to makes moves and there are still prospects to be had in this class.

Here’s a look at 10 major prospects fans will need to keep an eye on between now and signing day.

Tim Jernigan
6-foot-2, 275 pounds (Lake City Columbia)
Schools in the mix: Florida State, LSU, Tennessee
411: Jernigan recently sat down with Mushcamp, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and defensive line coach Bryant Young. His high school coach, Craig Howard, said everyone at Columbia was impressed with Florida’s new coaches and Jernigan came away very high on the Gators. He’ll visit this week, but it might only be unofficially. FSU got him in for an official over the weekend and the Seminoles appear to have a slight lead. He’s penciled in for a Tennessee visit this weekend.
UF stock: Rising. Jernigan grew up a Gators fan, but the coaching changes nearly threw Florida out of it. He’s starting to like what this new staff has to offer and he promised he’d make it to Gainesville this week, which is a huge win for Muschamp.

Curtis Grant
6-3, 222 (Richmond, Va., Hermitage)
Schools in the mix: Ohio State, Virginia, North Carolina
411: Grant once had Florida as his outright leader, but now it appears Ohio State has pulled even. Virginia is on his list because it’s so close to home, and UNC has always impressed him. He will visit UNC this weekend, but most think it’s down to OSU and UF. Florida is in need of a top linebacker and he is the one the Gators have targeted since day one.
UF Stock: Stable. Things are pretty even between OSU and UF, but the Gators have always been near the top.

Jacob Fisher
6-7, 270 (Traverse City, Mich., West)
Schools in the mix: Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon
411: He was once committed to Michigan, but backed off when Rich Rodriguez was fired. Now, he’s opened things up and Florida is near the top of his list. Florida’s interest was generated by seeing tape of him sent by his high school coach. He’s fresh off his visit to Gainesville and had a good time. He’ll still visit Oregon this weekend, but word is that Florida, Michigan and Michigan State are the favorites.
UF stock: Rising. His official went well and the Gators are in need of an offensive tackle, especially with the decommitment of Chase Hounshell.

Jacoby Brissett
6-3, 215 (Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer)
Schools in the mix: Wisconsin, Washington, Miami, FSU, LSU
411: Brissett was first offered a grayshirt by former coach Urban Meyer and immediately declined. Enter new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and there is serious interest from the Gators. Muschamp even offered him a real scholarship. However, he won’t officially visit Florida and will head to Miami this weekend. Washington is very much in the mix, and there are many who feel Wisconsin could be the favorite. Too little, too late for Florida?
UF stock: Falling. He was very pleased to get a Florida offer and even unofficially visited Florida after first meeting with Weis, but the fact that he won’t officially visit doesn’t help.

Curt Maggitt
6-3, 215 (Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer)
Schools in the mix: FSU, Wisconsin, LSU, Tennessee
411: Maggitt has always had Florida near the top of his list, and the closer he gets to his decision the more the feeling is that Florida is the team to beat. The Gators get his last visit, but Tennessee and Wisconsin are pushing very hard for him. His decision could actually affect Brissett’s, so if he were to pick the Gators, things could get interesting for his teammate.
UF stock: Rising. He hasn’t committed, but the Gators are in great position here.

Marcus Roberson
6-1, 170 (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas)
Schools in the mix: Texas Tech commit, Auburn, USC
411: Roberson went quiet after officially visiting Florida this past weekend, which could be a good sign for Florida. He committed to Texas Tech after his uncle, Otis Mounds, was promoted to cornerbacks coach, but said he’d keep recruiting open. Auburn is still in the picture and could get an unofficial visit this weekend. This one isn’t over.
UF stock: Rising. Texas Tech might have his commitment, but it doesn’t help the Red Raiders that Florida has always been near the top of his list.

Jermauria Rasco
6-3, 227 (Shreveport, La., Evangel Christian)
Schools in the mix: LSU, FSU, Texas, Arkansas
411: Rasco had zero interest in Florida until Muschamp showed up. Now, he’ll officially visit and has the Gators as one of his finalists. He just got back from LSU and reportedly had a great time. It will be tough for any school to pry him away from the Tigers, but Florida will be all over him from the moment he gets in town Friday.
UF stock: Stable. Florida is still very much in the picture here and will have the final shot at him. LSU was always near the top, so his good trip there was no shocker.

Stephone Anthony
6-3, 220 (Wadesboro, N.C., Anson)
Schools in the mix: Clemson, Virgina Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State
411: Anthony used to list Florida as his top school, but now the schools closer to his home are beginning to get all of his attention. He visited Florida earlier in the month and liked what he saw, but his visit to Clemson a week later blew him away. Helping Clemson’s chances is the fact that close friend and one-time Gator commit, Jeoffrey Pagan, recently committed to the Tigers. However, Florida’s coaches haven’t stopped communication with Anthony.
UF stock: Falling. The former leaders might be near the rear of the pack now. Most feel he’s going to stay close to home, and Clemson appears to be the favorite at this point.

John Jenkins
6-3, 340 (Perkinston, Miss., Gulf Coast C.C.)
Schools in the mix: Georgia, Auburn, Miami, Oklahoma State
411: JuCos haven’t really worked out for Florida recently, but Jenkins is a major prospect at a position of need for the Gators. He looks physically ready to play right away. He had a great time on his visit to Georgia over the weekend, but will be in Gainesville Friday. Some think Georgia is the team to beat now, but Jenkins has made it clear that he won’t seriously think things over until after his visit to Florida.
UF stock: Stable. Jenkins might have really enjoyed his visit to Georgia, but he didn’t commit and will still be in Gainesville this weekend.

Elkino Watson
6-2, 275 (Miami Booker T. Washington)
Schools in the mix: Miami, South Florida, Louisville
411: Watson left his official visit to Florida with the Gators the presumed leader, but things changed this weekend. After visiting Miami — and picking up a ‘Canes offer — Watson has all of his schools even. Watson didn’t show a lot of interest in Miami before his visit and now there’s a decent chance new coach Al Golden could pull him by the end of the week.
UF stock: Falling. Florida didn’t do anything to hurt its chances, but Miami did enough to knock the Gators down a peg or two. The ‘Canes might be able to sneak in and snatch him.

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22 Comments

  1. January 24th, 2011 5:54 pm

    Go get ‘em, Will!
    Thanks for the updates, Ed.

    by atl john


  2. January 24th, 2011 7:37 pm

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  3. January 24th, 2011 8:39 pm

    Still cant get over anyone blasting Coach for recruiting.
    Just the fact he kept most of it intact is a job well done.
    If we get no more recruits i’m satisfied.
    Throw in last years with a solid 1rst year.
    Look for a great 2nd and its gonna be “Great to be a Gator”.
    Sides Will didnt have nearly the meltdown that was Vol recruiting when Lane jumped ship.
    Miss Meyer but this is now my Coach.Heck of a job given the circum.

    by onemoreopinion


  4. January 24th, 2011 9:14 pm

    ONEMOREOPINION,
    I completely agree with you, I would hate it if we didn’t get some of these kids still on the board but if we picked up three of them it will be enough. Coach Meyer did a great job at Florida, Ireally appreciate it and we have to move on with coach Muschamp. I firmly believe Jeremy Foley knew what he was doing when he signed Muschamp.. Foley was smart enough to look further than this year and into the future (near) NEXT YEAR in fact. We will get this thing on track next recruiting season and be back in the NC race in two to three years, thats just my opinion. Go GATORS!!!

    by CREEK GATOR


  5. January 25th, 2011 1:08 am

    Recruiting this year wont affect us immediately this year. We will have one of the best defenses in the SEC so that means in the NCAA. There will always be haters like Jack, because if your not a GATOR – your a hater! It is funny how people talk smack after their team finally wins one from us after so many humiliating seasons of losing to us. This tells me that this person has the character of a Jets fan. That is nothing to be proud of! Ignore non-believers and keep the GATOR Nation prideful and never lower ourselves to bashing another team for their losing a game. I am looking forward to this year and I know we will have a great one. We aren’t losing many seniors and Weis will get the offense on track. Welcome coach Muschamp – Welcome to Gator Nation!

    by Gator Ed


  6. January 25th, 2011 1:10 am

    Excluding Watson, Anthony and may be Jernigan, everyone else on this list is a must.

    by j


  7. January 25th, 2011 1:32 am

    Well Muschamp hasn’t played against Jimbo but Meyer did…and yes we lost last year but Urban’s record against FSU is 5 to 1….and overall Florida 33 FSU 20 …How’s that for you?? Not to mention 2 National Championships during Meyers era…and 3 overall!!

    by Leedy


  8. January 25th, 2011 8:23 am

    I am bothered that recruits do not see the opportunity that is before them at Florida. I fear that FSU is a bit more fashionable this year with the staff having been in tact and that is why they already have 6 150 members for next years class. I do feel that next year we will get our share and we will be able to battle FSU in recruiting.

    by Realist


  9. January 25th, 2011 9:15 am

    It is just going to be a bad year for recruiting. That is ok. We will get them next year.

    by Dale Carter


  10. January 25th, 2011 10:14 am

    Hey Ed… Can you include their positions in future posts like this?

    by JayV


  11. January 25th, 2011 10:35 am

    Muschamp needs to secure Jernigan and Grant and all is well. We are set offensively with what we have and last years class.

    by JM


  12. January 25th, 2011 10:40 am

    Thanks for the report Ed. Could we get their positions added? I don’t follow recruiting super close, so I’m not familiar with the positions of some of these guys.

    by Luke


  13. January 25th, 2011 1:06 pm

    All the good ones are going to FSU this year. It goes in cycles. That is ok. We will be back in six to eight years. Go Gators!

    by Gator Phil


  14. January 25th, 2011 1:08 pm

    All WM needs is a 9-10 win season next yr, and 2012′s class is gonna be top notch. I realize we Gator fans aren’t the most patient, but we need to back off of coach Chomp and the whole recruiting situation. We’re still stacked from last yrs class and we’ll have coaches who know how to use em’.

    by RetardStrength


  15. January 25th, 2011 1:27 pm

    I’m telling you guys it’s only cause Jimbo and his staff have been there for a couple of yrs. It’s not cause fisher is a better recruiter or that that’s the better school to go to. It’s just easier in the soap opera that is recruiting to turn to a rival or jump ship to a rival school (matt elam). I think next year we’ll get our act together and land some top recruits. I mean think about it how easy is it to say, Hey kids UF and UM are rebuildint come to a school that has a solid base and what not. It’s all good when we show our prowess on D and Weis does his job on offense we’ll right the ship and show that FSU is the weaker program that it rightfully is… as always :) Go Gators!!!!!

    by UrMakerPH06


  16. January 25th, 2011 3:16 pm

    I’m glad FSU has him too!

    by Doug


  17. January 25th, 2011 3:17 pm

    Go Gators!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Doug


  18. January 25th, 2011 5:54 pm

    Hey Ed,
    So do you think all the guys we are recruiting are NSD folks or do you think some will commit before?

    by Gator


  19. January 25th, 2011 7:43 pm

    Ed, need a little help understanding the difference between and official and unofficial visit; and why an official seems to be considered favorable. Is it that we are somehow able to give them more attention on official visits?

    by David


  20. January 26th, 2011 12:16 pm

    David, I’m not sure but my understanding of the “official vs unoffical” is on an “Official” visit the University pays for all of the aminities, Hotel Food and Transportation. “unofficial” the recruit and his family foots the bill. I’m not sure about the amount of contact and what the program can and can not provide during an “Unofficial”. I’m sure there is someone on this site that can enlighten both of us on this subject. That was just my understanding I got from a nephew that was being recruited.

    by CREEK GATOR


  21. January 26th, 2011 12:30 pm

    Although he’s not on this list, what are the chances of landing WR J’J Story with the growing rumors of S Drayton moving on? How do you think the latest potential blow to UF’s staff will impact the 11th hour efforts of recruting?

    by Major Woodliff's son, Magnum


  22. January 26th, 2011 7:12 pm

    hey guys look for another 8 win season next year. o line will be possibly even worse than last year. new systems take a full year to become fruitful / remember UM 1st season. def is also on rebuild. we lost 10-12 O & D lineman from last years team. HE WHO WINS LINE WINS GAMES. addl defects scare me . i to would love to get jerigan grant chickillo wilder any 4 star o lineman. but it may noy happen . i to am spoiled by prev years success.

    by gator buck


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