Florida doesn’t have a quarterback committed for its 2013 recruiting class.
That could change this weekend.
The Gators are hosting a pair of three-star quarterbacks in Tim Boyle (Middletown, Conn./Xavier) and Ryan Buchanan (Jackson, Miss./Jackson Prep). Rivals.com has Boyle and Buchanan ranked No. 23 and No. 25, respectively, at their position.
Both prospects were offered in the month of May and have high interest in UF. They could not be reached for comment Monday night.
Here’s what the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder had to say about the Gators after they offered on May 8.
“Growing up in the south you hear about Florida all the time,” Buchanan told Rivals.com. “It’s usually a top program. Tebow was there a couple of years ago … I think very highly of Florida and think it seems like a really cool place to play.”
Boyle was offered by Florida on May 16, a day after being evaluated by UF offensive coordinator Brent Pease. The 6-foot-4, 216-pounder also holds offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
Boyle doesn’t have a top list of schools yet, but UF is likely his leader based on his background with the Gators. Like Buchanan, Boyle is very familiar with Florida despite being an out-of-state prospect.
He has connections with current UF quarterback Tyler Murphy and recent UF linebacker transfer Graham Stewart, both from Connecticut.
“Graham Stewart went to my high school and he dated my sister for a while,” Boyle told Rivals.com May 19. “I watched his whole recruiting process and how it worked with Florida and how it unraveled. I have always been a Florida fan and I’ve taken a visit down there already this past February and watched the quarterbacks Jeff (Driskel) and Jacoby (Brissett) workout and sat down with coach (Brian) White.
“I talked to (Tyler Murphy) while I was down there and I asked him about the distance factor from Connecticut to Florida … He reassured me that the distance thing is a little tough freshman year, but that’s just how it goes and once you get over the hump it’s a great experience.”
With the latest developments on the recruiting board, Buchanan and Boyle are Florida’s best — and only — options at the quarterback position. Six of the other seven signal-callers UF has offered are committed elsewhere — Cooper Bateman (Alabama), Christian Hackenberg (Penn State), Kevin Olsen (Miami), Brice Ramsey (Georgia), Kohl Stewart (Texas A&M), and Cody Thomas (Oklahoma).
Rivals100 member Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) is the only uncommitted QB with an offer, but he looks like a long shot at this point.
If the Gators miss on Buchanan and Boyle, former USF commit Asianti Woulard of Winter Park could be considered as a possible candidate. He plans to camp at Florida on June 8.
I’m told the coaches are also still recruiting Heys McMath, even with his recent academic issues. He was expelled this month from Woodberry Forest School in Virgina for plagiarism, so his chances at an offer could be small.
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