July 23rd, 2012 11:17pm

Running list of attendees for Friday Night Lights


It’s FNL week, folks! I’m sure you all are as excited as I am. This time of year means football season is almost here and recruiting will pick up once the Quiet Period ends on July 31.

UF coach Will Muschamp will have over 100 prospects on hand for Friday Night Lights, many of whom could become commitments during the event or down the road. (Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun)

Things kickoff this Friday with all of Florida’s 17 commitments and several high-profile visitors scheduled to be in The Swamp for the showcase. None of the 2013 targets are expected to make a decision this early, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Gators gain a few pledges given the excitement this event generates.

Here’s a running list of confirmed attendees that plan on coming. This blog will be updated every night with any new additions or cancellations that occur. I’ll also have a preview story on Thursday night as well as some features throughout the week.

In the comment section below, please let me know which recruits you want interviewed the most so our staff can prioritize those players.

QB Max Staver, 6-6, 238, Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy
RB Adam Lane, 5-8, 216, Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven
RB Kelvin Taylor, 5-11, 214, Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Day
WR Rodney Adams, 6-1, 166, St. Petersburg,Fla./Lakewood
WR Ahmad Fulwood, 6-4, 189, Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny
WR Marqui Hawkins, 6-2, 190, Columbus, Ga./Carver
OL Cameron Dillard, 6-3, 290, Canton, Mich./Canton
OL Roderick Johnson 6-6, 316, Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage
OL Joshua Outlaw, 6-4, 290, Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King
DT Caleb Brantley, 6-3, 304, Crescent City, Fla./Crescent City
DL Joey Ivie, 6-4, 270, Dade City, Fla./Pasco
LB James Hearns, 6-3, 230, Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln
LB Daniel McMillian, 6-3, 220, Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast
LB Quinton Powell, 6-2, 200, Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland
CB Tre’ Bell, 5-11, 170, Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep
S Keanu Neal, 6-1, 203, Bushnell, Fla./South Sumter
S Nick Washington, 6-0, 183, Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian

* — indicates UF offer

*RB Joshua Mercer, 5-11, 185, Guyton, Ga./South Effingham
RB Aaron Duckworth, 5-8, 190, Orange Park, Fla./Oakleaf
RB David Emmanuel, 6-0, 185, Dade City, Fla./Pasco
*WR Marquez North, 6-3, 2o5, Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek
WR Alvin Bailey, 5-11, 175, Seffner, Fla./Armwood
WR James Clark, 5-11, 170, New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach
WR Janarion Grant, 5-11, 185, Dade City, Fla./Pasco
WR Chris Thompson, 6-0, 170, Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville
WR Taj Williams, 6-4, 170, Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln
*TE Jordan Davis, 6-4, 225, Thomson, Ga./Thomson (visiting Thursday)
*OL Joe Fennell, 6-5, 310, Fort Myers, Fla./South Fort Myers
OL Austin Bland, 6-3, 275, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
OL Ander Bodkin, 6-5, 291, Marianna, Fla./Marianna
*DT Kelsey Griffin, 6-1, 285, Hoschton, Ga./Mill Creek
DT Rod Crayton, 6-1, 290, Dadeville, Ala./Dadeville
DT Warren Powers, 5-10, 250, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Dillard
DT Aaron Thomas, 5-11, 304, Miami, Fla./Carol City
*DL DeMarcus Walker, 6-4, 280, Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood
*DL Antonio Riles, 6-4, 267, Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer
*DE Jordan Sherit, 6-5, 234, Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough
DE DeMarcus Glover, 6-5, 235, Pensacola, Fla./Pine Forest
DE Eric Mayes, 6-5, 240, Sarasota, Fla./Booker
DE Dana Washington, 6-2, 211, Dunnellon, Fla./Dunnellon
LB Dillan Lawson, 6-4, 215, Crestview, Fla./Crestview
LB Keith Kelsey Jr., 6-1, 213, Gainesville, Fla/Gainesville
*CB Vernon Hargreaves III, 5-11, 185, Tampa, Fla./Wharton (visiting Thursday)
*CB Will Likely, 5-7, 172, Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central
*CB Shaq Wiggins, 5-10, 165, Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek (Georgia commit)
CB Trey Cheek, 5-10, 176, Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer
*S Marcell Harris, 6-1, 207, Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips
*ATH Nadir Barnwell, 5-11, 185, Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway
ATH J.J. Green, 5-9, 170, Kingsland, Ga./Camden County

QB Brooks Barden, 6-3, 200, Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville
QB Tyler Harris, 6-3, 203, Blackshear, Ga./Pierce County
QB Alex McGough, 6-2, 187, Tampa, Fla./Gaither
*RB Leonard Fournette, 6-1, New Orleans, La./St. Augustine
*RB Tony James, 5-10, 163, Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville
*RB Bo Scarbrough, 6-1, 215, Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge
*RB Donte Williams, 6-1, 205, Durham, N.C. Hillside
*WR Johnnie Dixon, 6-0, 175, West Palm Beach, Fla.Dwyer
*WR Corey Holmes, 6-1, 172, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
*WR Demarre Kitt, 6-0, 190, Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek (Georgia commit)
*WR Trevion Thompson, 6-2, 170, Durham, N.C./Hillside
WR Donquell Green, 5-6, 143, Waynesboro, Ga./Burke County
WR Carson Jackson, 6-1, 197, Melbourne, Fla/Melbourne
WR Garrett Johnson, 5-9, 160, Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange
WR Ermon Lane, 6-2, 172, Homestead, Fla./Homestead
WR Jacob McCrary, 6-0, 182, Miami, Fla./Coral Reef (FSU commit)
WR Isiash Thomas, 6-2, 165, Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian
OL Keandre Brooks, 6-1, 278, Dunnellon, Fla./Dunnellon
OL Reilly Gibbons, 6-6, 260, St. Petersburg, Fla./Catholic
OL Ray Raulerson, 6-5, 260,Tampa, Fla./Plant
OL Isaiah Wynn, 6-3, 266, St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood
*DT Andrew Brown, 6-4, 282, Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith
*DT Travonte Valentine, 6-3, 283, Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside
DT Demarcus Christmas, 6-3, 285, Bradenton, Fla./Manatee
DT Keiwan Jones, 6-2, 254, Dunnellon, Fla./Dunnellon
*DE Andrew Williams, 6-4, 245, Mcdonough, Ga./Eagle’s Landing
DE Keyon Brown, 6-2, 228, Wauchula, Fla./Hardee Senior
*LB Kain Daub, 6-3, 249, Ponte Vedra, Fla./Nease (LSU commit)
LB Vincent Jackson, 6-2, 230, Tampa, Fla./Jesuit
LB Justin Todd, 6-1, 205, Orange Park, Fla./Oakleaf
*CB Duke Dawson, 5-11, 184, Cross City, Fla./Dixie County
*CB Wesley Green, 6-1, 170, Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King
*CB D.J. Smith, 6-0, 180, Marietta, Ga./Walton
CB Eric Martin, 5-11, 170, Orange Park, Fla./Oakleaf
CB Kendall Randolph, 5-11, 175, Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln
*S Nick Glass, 6-1, 195, Atlanta, Ga./St Pius X School (Georgia commit)
S Darrion Owens, 6-3, 225, Orange Park, Fla./Oakleaf
ATH Dominique Brown, 5-10, 183, Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic
ATH Brandon Powell, 6-0, 185, Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach

*QB De’Andre Johnson, 6-0, 185, Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast (FSU commit)
*RB Jacques Patrick, 6-2, 200, Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek
*DL CeCe Jefferson, 6-2, 248, Glen St. Mary, Fla./Baker County
LB Sherrod Pittman, 6-1, 215, Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast
S Jaye Miner, 6-3, 185, Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass
ATH George Campbell, 6-2, 180, Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake

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  1. July 24th, 2012 3:00 am

    Awesome list of prospects. Hope they all have fun and ball out. But no mention of A. Baily in attendance. Also, I hope the coaches reach out to TE Adam Brennamen (PSU commit). Favored the Gators before choosing PSU.

    by J

  2. July 24th, 2012 3:09 am

    Can you please ask Muschamp if he will contact TE Adam B.? Also, can you see if Adam would still have a interest in the Gators sense we were in his top three before he committed. Thanks So Much! Go Gators!!!

    by J

  3. July 24th, 2012 5:46 am

    Yes, I’m also excited.

    by Daniel M.

  4. July 24th, 2012 7:54 am

    No Coley sucks,but Tunsil not on the list cant be good.

    by jack

  5. July 24th, 2012 8:19 am

    Tunsil said he was done with summer visits back in June. He didn’t go to the showcases at FSU or Georgia either.
    And J,
    I haven’t confirmed that Bailey will be there. He was expected to visit for a summer camp and never showed. By the way, I’m told he still does NOT have an offer from UF and has to show up on campus to earn one. As far as Adam Breneman, he is sticking with Penn State. Yesterday he said, “everything I committed to the University for is still there.”

    by Zach Abolverdi

  6. July 24th, 2012 8:39 am


    I would love to here from these players after FNL…where they now stand:

    1. Demarcus Walker
    2. Jordan Sherit

    Also….why did Shaq Wiggins come to FNL? He has been trying to convert all the recruits he meets at events to go to Georgia. I would assume he is at FNL to do the same.

    by TampaGator

  7. July 24th, 2012 8:40 am

    “to hear”….sorry.

    by TampaGator

  8. July 24th, 2012 9:01 am

    Did Bullard ever get his grades? Is he in or out?

    by pat

  9. July 24th, 2012 9:38 am

    I haven’t heard much from Staver, so it’d be good to hear from a future QB. Also, Marquez North. Gotta love a 6’3 WR if he has speed and hands! And of course, Sherit!

    by John S

  10. July 24th, 2012 9:42 am

    Also, any updates on potential PSU recruits? I’d hope we would show some class and not try to take players away from PSU, but if any of their players were interested in us, I wonder if we’re interested in them.

    by John S

  11. July 24th, 2012 9:58 am

    No Hargreaves?

    by Lighty

  12. July 24th, 2012 10:04 am

    In order:

    1. Shaq Wiggins (To see if we could possibly sway him from UGA)
    2. DeMarcus Walker (Get his last thoughts on the Gators before he commits on August 3rd)
    3. Antonio Riles
    4. Jordan Sherit
    5. Marcel Harris

    by KWGator

  13. July 24th, 2012 10:06 am

    Zach, just wondering if we could hear from Taylor and Lane as a running back duo? And our secondary commits on how they think we could form a dominating seondary, so called “dynasty” ? Thanks you doin good work

    by Cam

  14. July 24th, 2012 10:23 am

    Why is Vernon Hargraves III not attending FNL? Is it really true that he is secretly planning to play for his dad at USF? Also is Robert Nkemdiche not intersted in FNL or have we just not taken the time to recruit him since he committed to Clemson?

    by GatorBK

  15. July 24th, 2012 10:32 am

    Marquez North, Kain Daub, Marqui Hawkins, Marcell Harris, Joe Fennell

    by @Cthree19

  16. July 24th, 2012 10:37 am

    interview Marqui Hawkins

    by dirty

  17. July 24th, 2012 10:40 am

    hey zach.whats the latest word on the uf recruitement of corey martinez.i saw he was coming to fnl and now i hear he is not.thx

    by bill townsend

  18. July 24th, 2012 10:40 am

    the Hawkins kid has done great at all the camps he has attended. He played safety and wr at the Auburn and Tenn. Camps

    by dirty

  19. July 24th, 2012 10:41 am

    Key to our success: Offensive Line.

    NOTHING gives more indissoluble confidence to a collective team and is more demoralizing to its foe!

    Hope our list of OL grows and that they are made to feel as important as they really are!

    I am glad K. Taylor understands this.

    by C.Miles

  20. July 24th, 2012 10:50 am

    So it’s confirmed that Marquez North is visiting?

    by Me

  21. July 24th, 2012 11:02 am

    Martinez is not attending because he was invited IMG Madden camp. Otherwise he would have attended.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  22. July 24th, 2012 11:05 am

    Bullard was cleared. He will enroll in the fall.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  23. July 24th, 2012 11:07 am

    Lighty and GatorBK,
    Hargreaves has decided to visit UF Thursday instead of Wednesday, so I’ve added him to the list. He can’t attend FNL because he’s participating in Gridiron Kings. Don’t know where you heard that he was secretly planning to play for USF. The Bulls aren’t even in his Top 5. He’s going to commit sometime during the next four weeks and with Florida being his leader, expect him to be a Gator.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  24. July 24th, 2012 11:11 am

    I’d like to hear from Hawkins and see what his thoughts are on Gator Nation. I’d like to hear from Staver. Other interviews….


    by Lighty

  25. July 24th, 2012 11:20 am

    Heard a rumbling there will be a surprise visitor from up north but it’s still a rumor will see.


  26. July 24th, 2012 11:44 am

    I definitely want to hear from commits Staver and Hawkins the most. Also top targets D Walker, J Sherit, M Harris, and 2014 DTs Valentine and Christmas. Thanks Zach!

    by VirginiaGator

  27. July 24th, 2012 12:21 pm


    Sure it has been discussed on your Staff and not sure if this falls in your espertise but when will we see something concerning possible gains from the Penn State fallout? Saw today on CBSSports. com where Bill Beldon could be a possibility to us if he decides to leave and that would be an incredible gain of a playmaker. Thanks!

    by Paul

  28. July 24th, 2012 1:14 pm

    Zach, Quinton Powell and Ahmad Fulwood both tweeted that “#Gatornation will be really happy after FridayNights…All im goin to say” do you have any idea what this is about?

    by Omaha_Gator

  29. July 24th, 2012 1:20 pm

    I imagine they know of some commits UF will be getting in the near future.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  30. July 24th, 2012 2:01 pm

    Zach,what about Demarcus Robinson he was said 2 b visiting FNL heard GATORS was his leader

    by Moneygreen

  31. July 24th, 2012 2:03 pm

    Zach, does Kain Daub have a connection to LSU? Would hate to see them take a prospect out of Tebow country.

    1) Marquez North
    2) Demarcus Walker
    3) VH3
    4) Joe Fennell

    by Mack

  32. July 24th, 2012 2:14 pm

    Is Sony Michael visiting? I’ve seen yes and no. Would be content with adding him as the only RB for 2014, where does he stand right now?

    by Watson

  33. July 24th, 2012 2:49 pm

    Zach, would like your thoughts on Walker, if you talk to him. He seems all over the place, but outside of Tunsil and VH3 is our biggest target……. Also it looks like Pagano will be announcing tonight and he has UF logo on FB page – is he a Gator?

    by scooterp

  34. July 24th, 2012 2:54 pm

    Zach, I have a friend that works at the Gridiron Kings camp and has been for a few years and he has spoken to Hargraves personally a few times already and the feeling is that he is leaning heavily towards joining his dad at USF. He hasnt mentioned it publicly but dont be surprised if he does commit there.

    by GatorBK

  35. July 24th, 2012 2:56 pm

    Robinson committed to Clemson last week.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  36. July 24th, 2012 3:50 pm

    From I’ve seen so far, our recruiting efforts on Defensive side are good, but I would like to hear from the offensive recruits, especially the RBs and WRs…how the they feel about the Gator offense?

    by Gary

  37. July 24th, 2012 4:20 pm

    Is Pagano going to be @ FNL if so then gator all the way if not then i think he will be gator bait @ LSWHO

    by Paul

  38. July 24th, 2012 7:03 pm

    Zach, you’ve already heard me singing this guy’s praises, but I am stating once gain that Josh Mercer would be a great addition to this class. He has the electricity of a Harvin or Rainey, and it would be great to grab a RB out of the state of Georgia as far as recruiting goes.

    by Wes

  39. July 24th, 2012 7:29 pm

    TUNSIL???????? whats the deal…..

    by human race

  40. July 24th, 2012 7:38 pm

    I’d like to know if any of them can define “indissoluble”?

    by Fatback

  41. July 24th, 2012 8:10 pm

    Its Clemson for Pagano. Damn! I hope Friday night ends the dry spell.

    by scooterp

  42. July 24th, 2012 8:37 pm

    Clemson has gotten and wasted the most athletes in the ACC except fo FSU. These guys get GREAT athletes and can’t even win the weak a.. ACC. But I have to give it to them they seem to beat us out everytime for these talented players. What is it anyone sees in Clemson? Its not the great coaching, its not the great league, it not a chance to play for the National title, Its not the great campus and the best facilities in the country, what is it? I will not going to say that they cheat, or doing something unethical, but if its something legal WE BETTER GET SOME and plenty of it, these guys are eating our lunch. Don’t get me wrong we are doing pretty good in recruiting and that may be the reason we are losing some of these guy, I guess we should be thankful for what we do have, because it’s nothing to sneeze at. We are in pretty good shape. GO GATORS!!!!


  43. July 24th, 2012 9:24 pm

    You got me on that one, Creek. When you look at their class both this year and last, once you get past the first 5 or 6 headliners it waters down quickly. Still, the Fighting Dabo’s are doing an incredible job as of late with recruiting.

    by scooterp

  44. July 24th, 2012 9:43 pm

    1. bo scarborough- goes to my school.
    2. kain daub- do we still have a chance
    3. D. walker- how close is it between us and bama
    4. jordan sherit- how much would a VHlll commit impact him
    5. marquez north- do we have a legit shot with him
    6. marcell harris- no reason just want to c where he stands

    by gatorfan

  45. July 24th, 2012 10:34 pm

    Troll here: WM does just fine in recruiting given that he has one year of HC experience and lead the Gators to their worst season in Thirty (30) years. Yes, yes, I know about the ‘mess’ he inherented but he will be able to ‘ride that horse’ for exactly 2 years, 2012 and 2013. And, NO, I am not just overly negative. I just have a higher standard of achievement than some of you other posters. Right now, UF is only an after-thought in the SEC-East. That may be fine for some but it is not fine with me. The Troll-EMK

    by EMK

  46. July 24th, 2012 11:09 pm

    EMKay cartmen. lol

    D. Walker – are you a silent commit to Bama and just showing UF some love to through us off?
    Jordan S. – do you think you may be the key to bringing back UF DL presser and will you commit soon?
    M. North – Is UF your new leader with your top picks taking other WRs?
    M. Harris – Having negative family ties, do you feel you will not be given a chance to make your own legacy at UF and so holding your commitment?
    Nick G. – are you scared of depth charts and competition?
    Bo S. – Is UGA your heart and UF your leader? Tell i said “follow the leader.”
    A. Riles – With depth not be a concern anymore is UF your leader now?

    by J

  47. July 25th, 2012 1:58 am

    emk i just got 1 question, what the h*** does what you just said have to do with what everybody else is talkin about??? that has nothing to do with telling zach who we want him 2 interview. u have no life…..

    by gatorfan

  48. July 25th, 2012 3:07 am

    Hey Zack,

    Whats the deal with Stacy Coley? He isn’t attending and we have an offer to another wide receiver. Do you think he is considering us right now or do you imagine we are going to lose him? Also, where would you place him as far as talent in our WR’s that have verbally committed and the ones are pursuing right now as well?


    by Zack

  49. July 25th, 2012 3:08 am

    Wow, really sorry bro. Spelt your name wrong out of habit.
    Thanks Zach!

    by Zack

  50. July 25th, 2012 6:25 am

    I misspelled it to man, dang! Hope your able to use some of my Q? 4 spaces above this one. Who would you rather have? North or Mercer or Jordan?

    by J

  51. July 25th, 2012 7:49 am

    Talk with Dillan Lawson about where he stands with Florida after his decommitment. Where does he stand academically, and will he be able to make up the ground he needs to in order to rejoin this class?

    by Travis

  52. July 25th, 2012 9:18 am

    Why do we struggle to get OL numbers now? When we had dominating lines, it seemed we’d get 4-5 commits a year and always good depth. We’ve not had much depth the last few years and it seems we sign 2 or 3 a year. Do you see that trend changing, hopefully soon?

    by John S

  53. July 25th, 2012 9:51 am

    Fatback, give ‘em time…the cerebral metamorphosis afforded at UF is absolutely prodigious!

    by C.Miles

  54. July 25th, 2012 10:36 am

    “Right now, UF is only an after-thought in the SEC-East”

    Well this after-thought team lost by 4 points to Georgia and 5 points to South Carolina, both away from the swamp and without a healthy QB. Doesn’t seem like we are that far off to me.

    Saban went 7-6 his first year at bama, including losing to louisania-monroe at home. They got much better the next year.

    by John

  55. July 25th, 2012 1:19 pm

    Denying reality does not alter reality regardless of how often an assertion is repeated. By the way, ending the game @ Georgia with 4 points less than Georgia is counted as a loss. Ending the game @ USC with 5 points less than USC is counted as a loss. In terms of HC experience and winning in the SEC there really is no comparison between Saban-WM. Before coming to Alabama, Saban was a proven winner at LSU. WM seems like a nice enough guy who was an competent defensive coordinator with no HC experience. So, let’s stop ‘huffn’-and puffn’ about what we think is going to happen. Hope is indeed a good thing but it must not be confused with baseless certainty.

    by EMK

  56. July 25th, 2012 2:39 pm

    Well, it’s nice to see all is right with the world and there are some certainties still in life…EMK is in his usual form…

    by Sean

  57. July 25th, 2012 4:00 pm

    Damn EMK you are the definition of pessimism. You’re obviously a Gator fan so I’m not hating on you but my God. The glass is definitely half empty to you my friend..

    by Mack

  58. July 25th, 2012 4:37 pm

    emk is not a gator fan. he(or she) is just someone who has nothing else better to do other than consistently come on this website with negative things to say. a negative post every now and again i can relate to. but emk’s posts are a waste of time and brain cells. its really annoying.

    by gatorfan

  59. July 25th, 2012 5:56 pm

    I heard that EMK thinks AIDS and genocide are cool.

    by KWGator

  60. July 25th, 2012 6:04 pm

    Why do the Florida Gator’s persist in NOT making South Florida a recruiting priority?

    On the list you provided there about 5 guys from South Florida—one of the most fertile recruiting grounds in the nation—it seems that UM and FSU always do a better job in Palm Beach–Miami Dade—and Broward County.

    The only place Muschamp goes is St. Thomas Aquinas and maybe Dwyer but he needs to step it up. The South Florida base of talent is awesome and we are missing the boat bigtime!

    Muschamp is almos never down here and the program needs to be more visible in South Florida!!!!!!!!

    by JY

  61. July 25th, 2012 7:19 pm

    Zach- Who are the early enrollees?? How many spots left??

    Lawson- ask him if he is willing to go to prep school for a year then uf. Would he choose this route over a sure thing at another school?

    Fennell- what his time table for announcement? Zach: is he the Plan b for tunsil? Who else is? The timing is important for this reason

    Committed OLs- are they 100% solid? Other visits?

    by Kyle

  62. July 25th, 2012 7:22 pm

    Yes it’s common sense that bland and bodkin plan Bs… Anyone else??

    by Kyle

  63. July 26th, 2012 7:18 am

    Kyle that’s plan C. Joe Fennell and Trent Brown are plan B. Tunsil is plan A.

    by J

  64. July 26th, 2012 7:44 am

    Saying UF is an afterthought in the EAST is not a reality. Georgia and South Carolina certainly didn’t think they were an afterthought as they were fighting for their life in the games with UF. Now if UF lost by 30 points to both teams, then you could say UF is an afterthought and that they don’t even worry about the gators.

    The saban example just goes to show that even a veteran, proven HC can go to a powerhouse program and have a 7-6 year his first year. My guess is if Muschamp lost to louisinia-monroe at home you’d call him the worst coach of all time. But saban did it and he’s a genius.

    by John

  65. July 26th, 2012 10:06 am

    To Gatorfan, and the rest of the ‘he’s not a Gator crew’: My basic criticism is not with WM but rather with AD Foley. A couple of short years ago, UF was a yearly Top Five program with a great fan base, fertile recruting territory and the ability to hire the very best as a HC. We got WM. Does anyone out there think he was the very best qualified guy for the job? For those who think so, we simply have very different perspectives. I hope I am wrong and could very well be so. Time will tell not juvenile personal attacks on a blog.

    by EMK

  66. July 26th, 2012 10:24 am

    Is being the heir apparent at Texas not qualified, being the best defensive coordinator in America not make him qualified, coming from the Nick Saban tree not make him qualified, does growing up in Gainesville and understanding the passion of the fans here not make him qualified? Who would you rather have? I want a name.

    by Jeffrey

  67. July 26th, 2012 10:38 am

    EMK, first of all, to criticize Foley about his ability to hire top talent or even to question him at all is ridiculous because Florida’s athletics program has unquestionably been the best in the country over the past decade. We have won the past two capital one cups for christs sake (the award given to the best athletics program if you didn’t already know.) There’s more to athletics than football. And as far as criticizing Muschamp goes, the man has only had 2 years on the job, give him a chance. You’re right about many of our current and past issues, but you have to realize that in his first full year of recruiting last year, he assembled a top 5 recruiting class and he will most likely do the same again this year. That’s phenomenal considering that UF isn’t even on the map among elite schools right now. Also, how could you expect us to do anything on the field when we’re in the process of changing our entire offensive philosophy? We’re trying to run a pro-style offense while lacking the players to do so. Once Muschamp’s current recruiting classes mature, we’ll be just fine. I’ll put money on it that UF will once again be in title contention in 3-4 years.

    by KWGator

  68. July 26th, 2012 11:24 am

    Jeffrey and KW, You are both right. But you are also wasting your time talking to EMK with logical arguments or hopeful expectations. EMK wants none of that. It’s the same old broken record over and over with him. He’d rather Muschamp fail, meaning the Gators lose, than to see him succeed and the Gators win; just so he can say he was right.
    He feeds on the negativity. Unfortunately we keep feeding the monster, so to speak, every time we engage him. It only encourages more of the same from him. It’s always the same message, same tone, same demeanor and then the same typical responses to everyone’s perceived “attacks on him.” I usually know what he’s gonna say before I even read his post or his reply to a post. It’s pretty predictable. I said once before though, it’s like watching a car accident. You don’t want to see it but for some unknown reason…you. just. can’t. look. away.

    by Sean

  69. July 26th, 2012 11:41 am

    would be awesome if VH3, harris, bailey, & sherit all commited this week

    by travis

  70. July 26th, 2012 11:47 am

    Sean, you’re spot on about that. if I would’ve known this this ahead of time I wouldn’t have even replied. Now that I know his track record I’ll let him rant by himself.

    by KWGator

  71. July 26th, 2012 11:57 am

    Travis- you forgot walker

    by Kyle

  72. July 26th, 2012 12:00 pm

    on the website im on they have been talking about a twitter chat between bailey, fulwood, and VHlll where it sounds VHlll will commit today with sherit possibly and bailey to commit tomorrow. theres also been talk of barnwell possibly committing tomorrow as well. needless to say, we may get a few 2014 prospects as well. could be a very exciting thursday-friday for gatornation!!

    by gatorfan

  73. July 26th, 2012 1:36 pm

    Will Muschamp schooled Urban Meyer two years in a row. Also, 3 times he brought teams into the swamp and destroyed us. LSU (2002, 2004), Auburn (2007). I’m glad he’s on our side now.

    by John

  74. July 26th, 2012 2:43 pm

    So would Barnwell mean no Harris?

    by Kyle

  75. July 26th, 2012 3:56 pm

    Dear Jeffrey: you requested a ‘name’. The obvious name is Neubar Akajanian. He, too, is from the Saban Tree having lived in the woods just outside of B’ham for three years. He schooled SOS on how to throw a football. He was born in G’ville and raised-up in Trenton. Passion, he’s got it and howls at the moon every full moon. That my dear Jeffrey is not only the ‘name’ but the obvious one for HC. Warmest personal wishes, EMK

    by EMK

  76. July 26th, 2012 4:03 pm

    Can anyone answer this question:

    Does the general public have access to FNL….in the stands….or is it closed to the public. I was thinking about taking a bike ride from Tampa to Gainesville and would drop in at THE SWAMP if FNL is open to the public.


    by TampaGator

  77. July 26th, 2012 4:08 pm

    I think you better interview the uncommitted OL’s, we are a little unsure in that area. Also Sherit will be a big plus in two ways!

    by Bob Nanni

  78. July 26th, 2012 4:59 pm

    Where is Neubar Akajanian coaching right now? I’m not being critical and am asking the question because I have never heard of the coach and believe me I’m no sports bible of any kind. I’m REALLY asking because of my ignorance, Is he a head coach or has he been one if so, where? Go GATORS!!!!


  79. July 26th, 2012 6:34 pm

    Heard somewhere VH3 did commit to UF today. Any confirmations?

    by Gator Todd

  80. July 26th, 2012 6:38 pm

    EMK: Neubar Akajanian is not a real person. Also VHIII has committed! Go Gators!

    by Cash

  81. July 26th, 2012 6:41 pm

    TampaGator: Yes it is open to the public and I believe it is free as well.

    by Cash

  82. July 26th, 2012 7:07 pm

    yep he’s a gator HUGE pick up best cb this yy

    by travis

  83. July 26th, 2012 7:27 pm

    Sorry I asked a clown a real question.

    by Jeffrey

  84. July 26th, 2012 7:38 pm

    Jeffrey: I’m with you. I am also sorry. Sorry that the content of your post was offered by you in apparent seriousness. Amazing and truly difficult to comprehend. Regardless, have a good one!!

    by EMK

  85. July 26th, 2012 7:46 pm

    VH3 down, a few more to go? Don’t think people will be questioning the Champ’s recruiting come Saturday.

    by VirginiaGator

  86. July 26th, 2012 7:50 pm

    “Do not argue with an idiot they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

    ― Mark Twain

    by falco

  87. July 26th, 2012 11:08 pm

    If you must: Though I have always been wet for Pat Summitt, the clear and obvious choice would have been Mike Leach.

    by EMK

  88. July 27th, 2012 3:19 am

    Mike Leach would be nice but not for UF. Not a big enough D on his mind to win it consistently. Time precision passing with gimmicky looks not for me. When the pass breaks down I want to have an Athlete/Baller to get the job done. Big Ben, Cam Newton, Tim Tebow, RG3, Andrew Luck… my kind of team that big time D’s love.
    Kyle, travis, gatorfan,
    If we take Baily and/or North were not taking Barnwell with Harris still being a option. There is still TE Jordan and RB/WR Mercer to consider.
    Zach, what do you think?

    by J

  89. July 27th, 2012 3:43 am

    I hope we get Trent Brown for OL. I would put him at OG next to DJH and run down hill all day. Nobody could stop us. Even in my old age I could run for 100 yrd a game behind them big boys.

    by J

  90. July 27th, 2012 9:32 am

    I’d rather take Fennell and not wait on tunsil and get burned like wr last year… Forget another skill and make tunsil a +1
    T brown is juco with only 2 years correct? Or prep?

    by Kyle

  91. July 27th, 2012 9:15 pm

    Sorry guys, I’m stuck on this NEUBAR AKAJANIAN, Please excuse me for my ignorance, but “WHO THE HELL IS THAT”? And how did EMK jump from this guy to Mike Leach? EMK, come to my rescue, I’m drowning here. I appologize to the rest of you with more serious post but I’m seriously trying to see if there is anything real about EMK or is he just here for Shits and Giggles (no offense EMK).


  92. July 28th, 2012 12:46 am

    Zach twitted that Alex Anzalone was at FNL! He said that he did not get a chance to interview him tonight, but he will interview him tomorrow! I find that interesting that he showed up after commiting to notre dame not too long ago!

    by Slickgator

  93. July 29th, 2012 12:47 am

    I had seen that he tweeted that as well. I wasn’t coming for anything but a chance to hang out and have fun with friends.

    by J

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