February 1st, 2012 11:02am

Gators get two surprise commits

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Florida fans had plenty of reason to celebrate Wednesday morning despite five-star prospects Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tracy Howard going elsewhere.

The Gators stole five-star defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg/Lakewood) from FSU and picked up three-star receiver Raphael Andrades (Tallahassee/Lincoln).

Fowler had been committed to the Seminoles since December 2010, but last week he didn’t know where he was going. He made seven trips to Gainesville during his recruitment and became close with the UF commits. The Under Armour All-American will play the buck linebacker position at 6-foot-3, 255 pounds and softens the blow of missing Harvey-Clemons.

“I just felt Florida was the best fit for me,” Fowler told ESPN. “I always hated Florida, and I always told myself I would never go to Florida and now I’m about to be playing for them.”

Andrades flew under the radar and was a late addition for UF, which lost five-star WR Nelson Agholor to USC. The 6-foot, 190-pound Andrades was one of the top performers at Friday Night Lights and also camped at Florida in the summer. He is coached by former Gator receiver Jacquez Green. As a senior, Andrades had 41 receptions for over 800 yards and a school record 13 touchdowns.

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40 Comments

  1. February 1st, 2012 11:03 am

    Fowler isn’t a surprise! He’s had Gator written all over him all year.

    by VirginiaGator


  2. February 1st, 2012 12:06 pm

    Takes a lot of guts to go somewhere you hated growing up. Wow, had a feeling he would do this. Think he wants to be his own man!

    by GG


  3. February 1st, 2012 12:25 pm

    STEFON DIGGS IS A MUST GRAB FOR THE GATORS!!!! COME BE A GATOR DIGGS!!!

    by KENARD


  4. February 1st, 2012 12:45 pm

    FOWLER DIDN’T LIKE THE THOUGHT OF HAVING TO COMPETE FOR PLAYING TIME. TELLS YOU ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS KID. HE WILL FIT RIGHT IN DOWN IN GAINESVILLE. LOL!

    by NOLE4EVER78


  5. February 1st, 2012 12:49 pm

    While we have a good class, it looked like we were going to have a great class. Muschamp is going to have to improve his closing ability, both in games and in recuriting.

    by Eric


  6. February 1st, 2012 12:49 pm

    fowler was a HUGE surprise if it werent for him today would suck lol

    by travis


  7. February 1st, 2012 12:51 pm

    his is a great class we can still get diggs thats four 5 stars sorry if you guys dont know how to follow recruiting without thinking you get everybody like one guy said we were getting 7 of the kids picking today? thats just settin yourself up for dissapointment

    by travis


  8. February 1st, 2012 12:52 pm

    fowler is a beast that tells me all i need to know

    by travis


  9. February 1st, 2012 12:58 pm

    hahaha, all the “didnt want to compete” was said to Timmy Jernnigan last year when he didnt sign with UF. Payback is good this year!
    Go Gators!

    by GatorsEverywhere


  10. February 1st, 2012 1:01 pm

    THIS IS WHAT I WOULD WANT PLAYING FOR ME, Fowler told ESPN. “I always hated Florida, and I always told myself I would never go to Florida and now I’m about to be playing for them.” WOW, SOUNDS LIKE THIS KID HAS IT ALL TOGETHER. LOL!!!!!!!!!

    by NOLE4EVER78


  11. February 1st, 2012 1:01 pm

    We have to remember this is a new OC and if I was a recruit looking at Florida’s anemic offense from last year I would consider a lot of other places.

    by RS


  12. February 1st, 2012 1:05 pm

    Please remember as we all celebrate another great recruiting class, as the coach has stated, it is not the stars by your name which show the quality of football player you may be but your play on the field as a Gator!! Many three star recruits become All-SEC players who go on to play in the NFL just as many five star can’t miss recruits do not finish what they started and disappear without even a collge degree, Keep things in perspective!!

    After all that, here is hoping Diggs Florida more than Urban’s Ohio State Buckeyes!!

    by JaxGator47


  13. February 1st, 2012 1:07 pm

    SEE YOU IN TALLAHASSEE NOV. 24TH DANTE. YOU WILL GET AFFIRMATION OF YOUR MISTAKE THAT NIGHT. LOSER!

    by NOLE4EVER78


  14. February 1st, 2012 1:13 pm

    Seems like NOLE4EVER is a little bitter about something …

    by VirginiaGator


  15. February 1st, 2012 1:17 pm

    ButtNole,
    The only time you will see Folwer is when he orders his French fry’s. Go back to Talltacky with your corny Indian chant and Clown College diploma.

    BTW you two bit illiterate tool, take off your caps.

    by gators79


  16. February 1st, 2012 1:17 pm

    Once we get Diggs (and we will), Florida will be #1 in Rivals and top 3 at least in ESPN/Scout. Congrats Coach Muschamp on your 1st full year of recruiting. Now COACH THEM THE HELL UP! GO GATORS!

    by imfocusedman


  17. February 1st, 2012 1:38 pm

    lmao you nole fans.. get a life.

    by Ryan


  18. February 1st, 2012 1:44 pm

    HEY GAYTORS78, THAT HURT MY FEELINGS! BY THE WAY, IT’S FRIES NOT FRY’S. DUMBA@#! PLUS IT’S FOWLER NOT FOLWER.

    by NOLE4EVER78


  19. February 1st, 2012 1:55 pm

    What is the NOLE fan doing on this kind of blog anyway? I guess that is what you have to do in order to see what a real football team is doing on National Signing Day.

    by NOLESRIDIOTS


  20. February 1st, 2012 2:11 pm

    Love the Gators, but today can only be described as a letdown. We missed out on most of all of todays predictions from Zach and everyone in the know??? Maybe we close with Diggs, but how did Muschamp let so many last minute commits slip away? And to get beaten AGAIN if only on paper to fsu…

    by steve


  21. February 1st, 2012 2:18 pm

    Let’s see. 6 National Chanmpionships in a row. Both teams this year from the SEC. Serious thought to play-offs due to SEC total national championship domination. Wonder why all these guys prefer playing in the ACC? Just sayin.

    by Dennis


  22. February 1st, 2012 2:28 pm

    sounds like nole4ever78 has low selfesteem. must be makeing up for some smaller issues in his life.

    by islander


  23. February 1st, 2012 3:06 pm

    Sadly I agree with STEVE: 1. Gators needed OL but came up short. 2. Gators needed WR but came up short. 3. Gators needed RB and had to settle on a gimmy leg guy. Zack predicted Harvey-Clemons 55% likely to UF goes to UG; Zack predicted Howard 90% likely to UF goes to UM; Zack predicted Agholor likely to UF goes to USC; 4. DO NOT assume Diggs is going to be a Gator. Meyer and Ohio State will have much to say about that and I wonder why UF took a gambit on a ‘no-name’ WR if Diggs is coming to G’ville. Before they compete the Gators need to get out of the ‘also-ran’ class. Sorry, but the reality sometimes is painful.

    by EMK


  24. February 1st, 2012 3:28 pm

    Gator fans its great to have the feeling to have won 2 national titles in 6 years. Prospects go to FSU to compete for positions, but they come to UF to compete for championships.

    by 2008,2006>1999


  25. February 1st, 2012 3:30 pm

    Players go to FSU to compete for positions, but they go to UF to compete for Championships.

    by 2008,2006>1999


  26. February 1st, 2012 4:07 pm

    ButtNole,

    Sorry I’m not as knowledgeable about the Fast Food Business as you are.

    Do you know how stupid you tools look doing that corny chant?

    What a bunch of goobers chanting like little Indians…..

    by gators79


  27. February 1st, 2012 4:08 pm

    If you were Stefon Diggs, would you rather play for a team coached by URBAN MEYER, or for a team coached by WILL MUSCHAMP? Just asking …

    by sabregator


  28. February 1st, 2012 4:50 pm

    I was a little surprised by Tracy Howard going to Miami. With Robinson, Poole, Riggs, Watkins, Brown, and all the others…..I think that was more of a “compete” thing than Fowler coming to Florida….as Fowler will play and learn behind Ronald Powell next year….and Fowler being around is going to push Powell to play at a higher level than he has….or Fowler will be getting a lot of playing time at Floirda. Dante really stood out at the UA all star game and in practices. He is exceptionally quick off the edge, and that is what the Gators really need. He and Bullard are going to make a great team….and will be as good as anything FSU has at those two positions in the coming years. So suck on that….Nole lovers.

    by TampaGator


  29. February 1st, 2012 7:16 pm

    [...] Gators get two surprise commits [...]

    by Gators get two surprise commits | Florida Gators Football


  30. February 1st, 2012 7:27 pm

    Why publish negative diatribe by NOLE4ever78 . He just messes up otherwise
    positive comments about our program. Recruits read this site also . Can’t see
    anything positive about not screening these type of comments from opponents
    who want to wreck our programs . Come on get real about these idiots .

    by Mel Bryan


  31. February 1st, 2012 8:34 pm

    Of the 4 recruiting sites that I looked at, I have Florida beating FSU in Scout and Rivals, but FSU ahead of UF in ESPN and 24/7. I don’t think FSU beat us on paper. It just depends on who is ranking them.

    I think we did awesome on Defense, and okay on Offense. We REALLY need to pick up Diggs. Muschamp should be camped out on his front lawn until Feb 10th.

    by clevelandgator


  32. February 1st, 2012 9:01 pm

    I know that we missed out the recruits that were “predicted” to come to us, Top 3 Class with all those misses…..impressive.

    by 407Gator


  33. February 1st, 2012 9:13 pm

    There ain’t no party like a house party.

    by Anglogator


  34. February 1st, 2012 10:12 pm

    We gotta all keep in mind that these young guys are choosing more than where to play football, though that’s perhaps 60 per cent of their reasons for choosing one school over another. They select location — either to stick close to home or get far away, and they pick relationships and, believe it or not, educational opportunities. Can’t blame some kid for choosing to go elsewhere. What we do know, however, is that UF is premium academically and one f the greatest programs of all in the toughest, most competitive conference. Will Tracy Howard, for instance, see many ACC wide receivers the calibre of those in the SEC? Probably not. Go Gators!

    by Gatormac


  35. February 2nd, 2012 3:00 am

    Why on earth would a nole fan be here stirring up trouble instead of being on warchant w\ the other cronies?

    Some folks got spoiled by Urban’s success here in recruiting. We have an excellent class & filled a lot of needs. Carry on.

    by juggernautz


  36. February 2nd, 2012 5:28 pm

    Nat’l Championship Playoff???

    We already have one. It’s called the SEC Championship!

    by whtstrp58


  37. February 2nd, 2012 7:56 pm

    SURPRISES?
    REALLY? FOWLER WAS FLIPPING POINT OF DISCUSSION BY EVERY WRITER IN THE SOUTH.

    THE TALL WR GOT OFFER THE NITE BEFORE, WHEN GATORS LEARNED AGHOLOR WAS NOT COMING. HOPE HE TURNS INTO PLAYER THAT NOLES FOREVER REGRET.

    by GATOR BUCK


  38. February 2nd, 2012 8:40 pm

    Really SURPRISED by the AGHOLOR decision, and maybe Williams, I can see Tracy and Harvey-Clemons wanting to stay close to home and playing before family. Agholor was a surprise because I would have thought that if he was as good (and I’m sure he is) as he is said to be he would have gotten plenty of playing time straight off the muscle. Maybe the both of them just wanted to get away from home and experience the left coast life. I’m not going to wish them any ill will but I hope they get HOME SICK, but represent the State of Florida well out there in Cali. Hope you guys NEVER play in a CHAMPIONSHIP game though.

    by CREEK GATOR


  39. February 4th, 2012 12:26 pm

    Coach Muschamp and his assistants did a great job recruiting this year fininshing with a class which is ranked #4. The team went 7-6 last year which gave opposing coaches plenty of ammunition against the Gators. Coach Muschamp turned the corner and the future looks bright.

    by Hank


  40. May 24th, 2014 11:11 am

    [...] best of the bunch. He also went through a dramatic recruitment, flipping from Florida State to UF on signing day after months offlirting with the Gators. Fowler was named to the All-SEC second team in 2013, and [...]

    by Top 5 commits under Muschamp | Gator Prospectus Gator Prospectus - Gator Sports - Gainesville, FL - Archive


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