May 9th, 2011 04:42pm

Breaking down the Rivals 100

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It’s a big week for Rivals, as the scouting network released its top 100 players in the nation today and will expand to 250 on Tuesday. After that, it’s the rest of the four-stars on Wednesday and some high three-stars who didn’t make the four-star cut on Thursday.

Here’s a quick breakdown of where some of the Rivals100 fall on Florida’s radar.

1. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Springfield, Mo.The nation’s top player is a freakish athlete at 6-foot-6, which means all of the top programs (including UF) are after him. He won’t list his top schools until September.

3. D.J. Humphries, OT, Charlotte, N.C. — The Gators lead and are rolling out the red carpet to fill a position of extreme need. Humphries visited with his parents for UF’s third Junior Day on March 19 and took in practice. When UF coaches hit the road he was among the first to draw a visit, on May 2.

4. Eddie Goldman, DT, Washington, D.C. — This massive lineman (6-4, 305) boasts more than 50 offers, so the competition will be fierce. In April he made a swing through the southeast and paid a visit to the Gators with his sixth and final unofficial look-see. UF is hoping he’ll make an official visit in the fall.

5. Darius Hamilton, DE, Ramsey, N.J. — The son of former New York Giants defensive lineman Keith Hamilton says he wants to visit the Gators this summer and later for an official. He goes to the same high school as former Gator Justin Trattou and says he fell in love with UF during the Tim Tebow years.

6. Ellis McCarthy, DT, Monrovia, Calif. — Here’s another massive defensive tackle (6-4, 310) who is high on Florida. He was reportedly thrilled to get an offer from west coast recruiter Brian White in February and looks to camp in Gainesville this summer.

7. John Theus, OT, Jacksonville, Fla. — With big brother Nathan at UGA, most are expecting Theus to end up in Athens, Ga. He insists he is wide open, however, and has a lot of interest in nearby Florida. The Gators could be a close second for the best offensive tackle in the state.

8. Stefon Diggs, WR, Olney, Md. — Another coveted receiver who has offers from just about everywhere, Diggs says he wants to visit the Big Three in Florida one at a time. He hopes to narrow down his list to a top 15 sometime this summer.

9. Nelson Agholor, ATH, Tampa, Fla. — Originally recruited as a safety, Gator coaches are now offering Agholor the opportunity to play wide receiver. It’s still thought that safety would be the best position for this somewhat raw but extremely talented athlete. He visited Gainesville for the spring game in April and says he wants to cut down his list to 10 schools this summer.

13. Noah Spence, DE/LB, Harrisburg, Pa. — Florida likes this athlete for its new hybrid Buck position, and the feeling is mutual. One of the top pass-rushers in the nation, Spence is looking to visit Gainesville sometime this summer.

16. Jonathan Bullard, DE, Shelby, N.C. — Last week UF coaches D.J. Durkin and Dan Quinn dropped in on Crest High, the school that produced Brandon Spikes, to see Bullard and his teammate, safety Rhaheim Ledbetter. The two are close friends and are adamant about playing together at the next level. Bullard says he will name a top five this summer and already knows that Florida and Alabama are in it.

THE REST

That’s it for Rivals’ five-star players. Of their top 17 prospects in the country, nearly all have offers from UF and about 10-12 have some interest. Here are the other top 100 players of note …

19. Gunner Kiel, QB
25. Tracy Howard, CB
27. Travis Blanks, S
28. Kyle Murphy, OT
29. Tommy Schutt, DT
30. Noor Davis, LB
36. Jonathan Taylor, DT
38. Avery Young, OT
39. Josh Harvey-Clemons, ATH
44. Joel Caleb, ATH
45. Jordan Simmons, OT
47. Geno Smith, CB
48. Jessamen Dunker, OT — committed to Florida
52. Jameis Winston, QB
56. Jordan Jenkins, DE
57. Chris Black, WR
59. Eli Harold, LB/DE
60. Tyriq McCord, DE
63. Shaq Roland, ATH
65. Deon Bush, DB
68. Kent Taylor, TE
71. Leonard Williams, DE
75. Brian Poole, CB
79. Jelani Hamilton, DE
81. Derrick Woods, WR
85. Kevon Seymour, DB
94. JaQuay Williams, WR

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12 Comments

  1. May 9th, 2011 5:11 pm

    Go get ‘em, Gators!

    by atl john


  2. May 9th, 2011 5:18 pm

    Glad to hear we have that much action in the 5 star players. Hopefully we finish strong, FSU has 5 in the top 100 already.

    by jmlives


  3. May 9th, 2011 6:05 pm

    The way people talked about Matt Jones i was shocked to see him not in the Rivals100. Mike Davis Either?

    by Josh


  4. May 10th, 2011 12:59 am

    The reason UF was able to dominate nationally was because it was able to dominate the state, both in recruiting and on the field. Over the past 14 months that is exactly what FSU has done. It was easy to get excited about our recruits before they were actually ranked.
    The momentum FSU has right now has to be stopped. I don’t know why these kids are going to FSU. There is absolutely no reason(NFL, winning, coaching, facilities, education, SEC, ect…) they should choose the Noles over Gators. It shouldn’t be too hard to sell kids on UF football, so Will needs to take care of business in recruiting, because you can’t win in the SEC without top classes no matter how good a coach you are.
    I hope he kicks butt in both areas this year and shows me that I got nervous to early.

    by JD


  5. May 10th, 2011 1:17 am

    FSU is over recruiting and its going to hurt them. It may take two to three years but word of mouth is going to tell the tail. You don’t take 30 kids a year and not make schools and parents upset. Lets sit back an let things work them selves out. Also, taking kids that fits your team is better than taking a five star that can’t contribute or make the change.

    by j


  6. May 10th, 2011 8:10 am

    I am glad to see comments which cover all of the pros and cons of our recruiting. I have to have confidence in our coaches and the recruiting process and know in the end that the Gators will be back. Go Gators.

    by gatorJacque


  7. May 10th, 2011 8:30 am

    How did Jones not make the top 100? The Sun had him at #4 in the state of Florida. RBs usually get a higher ranking because it’s a premier position. Is there a knock on him I’m not aware of?

    by UFgator_in_JAX


  8. May 10th, 2011 10:28 am

    @UFgator_in_JAX Some of the very best RBs in the nation didn’t make the Rivals100. So look for UF commits Matt Jones and Mike Davis to be ranked rather high in today’s Rivals 250. I think the knock on Jones is his lack of top-end speed. He’s a power back.

    by Jeff Barlis


  9. May 10th, 2011 11:02 am

    Screw Rivals, they are Gator Haters.ESPN has a better system

    by Truth


  10. May 10th, 2011 4:19 pm

    One very big advantage FSU has is FAMU across the street. I hope their momentum ends. It seemed to start the day Greg Reid switched.

    by Chas Morris


  11. May 10th, 2011 4:24 pm

    Rivals sucks at ranking , look at ESPN they are a whole lot better

    by qualand


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