All is well with Gator Nation after Florida’s impressive victory over Tennesse last weekend and the addition of former Nebraska offensive lineman Tyler Moore on Thursday.
Will Muschamp is on a roll right now and recruits are taking notice based on my conversations with them and their various tweets. Muschamp said in his Monday press conference that the recent success on the field undoubtedly helps in recruiting, but he believes prospective student athletes want to attend UF because of the school itself — not momentum from two SEC road wins.
“I think a lot of the young men want to come to the University of Florida, regardless,” Muschamp said. “It’s a great institution, it’s got great facilities, it’s got a great tradition, there’s a lot of positives here. Certainly winning helps, I’m not going to say it doesn’t. (But) It’s a long year and we’ve got to continue to improve and we’ve got a lot of improving to do.”
My visitor preview for the Kentucky game will be published Friday at noon.
On to the questions!
I think Sharrif Floyd will enter the NFL draft this year, so we need one more DT. What is the gap between DeMarcus Walker & Greg Gilmore? — C-Slim, Ivo and Sebastian.
Completely agree with you on Floyd. Matt Elam is also long gone after this year and possibly Dominique Easley if his knees hold up.
Walker doesn’t fall into this category because he’s more of an strongside defensive end, although Alabama recruited him for its Jack linebacker position. But he’s definitely not an interior lineman. If Muschamp & Co. can make him switch, he will be an edge rusher for Florida.
Greg Gilmore and Jaynard Bostwick are the only defensive tackles UF wants and realistically has a shot with. Gilmore is officially visiting this weekend for Kentucky and the Gators hope to take away LSU’s long-time lead. Miami has been Bostwick’s front-runner for awhile now, but UF is still recruiting him as hard as the Hurricanes and will receive an official visit from him this fall. I ultimately don’t foresee Florida landing either, but maybe their trip to Gainesville will prove me wrong.
I saw Marquez North say he’s going to OV to UF, but when? What game is he coming to? Is Laquon Treadwell visiting UF? And which WR is more likely coming to UF? — Tamayo, Roy
North hasn’t scheduled any dates yet, but he says he will visit Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee officially and North Carolina and Clemson unofficially. The latter two schools are reportedly leading for his services.
The only trip Treadwell has planned is to Oklahoma on Oct. 27. The schools in the running to receive his last four official visits are Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss. The Wolverines and Sooners are believed to be his favorites at this time.
In regards to Florida’s chances, I feel the same way about these two that I do Gilmore and Bostwick. All of them have schools ahead of UF and I need to hear some VERY positive reviews after their official visits for me to believe they have serious interest.
How many more RB’s and WR’s would we like to sign and who do you think have the best chance of becoming Gators? — Taylor Crews
The Gators should be fine with the four wideouts they have and aren’t actively pursuing any other receivers besides North and Treadwell. As for running back, the coaches don’t have room for a third back and they already got the two running backs that were on top of their board from the beginning.
I’ve seen on other sites that we may not be done with David Dawson, the offensive lineman committed to Michigan. Do you have any insight on this? — Gator N NC
The UF coaches are definitely still recruiting him, but they’re after lost-cause Laremy as well. Doesn’t mean there’s something to see. Until Dawson reopens his recruitment and shows up on campus, I wouldn’t put any stock into him. He flirted with Florida back in the summer and nothing ever came of it.
Zach, I see that Georgia has 28 commits. Didn’t the SEC make a new rule that you can’t sign more than 28? How can Georgia accept a Tunsil commitment? — John
If you recall, last year Muschamp said he could sign anywhere from 32-34 recruits in 2012 because he could count early enrollees toward the 2011 class. I imagine Georgia is in a similar situation.
“Our numbers are down,” Muschamp said on Nov. 24 radio show. “With the new SEC rule, you can sign 25 National Letters in February. But as long as you can sign players back to the previous year, which is what we’ll be able to do with some of the high school graduates that are coming in January (early enrollees), we can add anywhere from seven to nine players.”
Do you foresee Jacoby Brissett redshirting this year? Will that affect our attempts to recruit a top flight QB in 2014? Will we take another QB in 2013 if the coaching staff is notified that either Brissett or Tyler Murphy intend to transfer? — Timothy K
Since Brissett has played, the only redshirt he can receive is a medical one for an injury. The Gators are already receiving interest from top 2014 signal-callers such as Wade Freebeck and Will Grier, and they don’t seem bothered by Brissett being on campus.
If he or Murphy were to transfer, I doubt the coaches could sign a second QB in the 2013 class because they don’t have any more options. Max Staver was basically the last resort when he committed, although he may end up being a steal in my opinion.
I know it’s early, but, which recruit(s) do you see making major contributions next year? — GIGator
Kelvin Taylor, Adam Lane, Ahmad Fulwood and Caleb Brantley will all play and often in 2013. Matt Jones and Mack Brown haven’t wowed me through the first three games and I think the incoming running back recruits, especially Taylor, could get into the rotation fast if they learn the playbook. The Gators haven’t had a receiver like Fulwood in over a decade and his skill-set along with the lack of depth should lead to immediate playing time for him. UF could potentially have just three defensive tackles when Brantley reports to campus next fall, so he will be the first true freshman to see the field.
Who do you think will commit to UF next? — Christian
Moore transferring gives the Gators 20 incoming players in 2013, which is the exact number of scholarships they currently have open for next year (65-man roster after 13 seniors graduate). Those numbers exclude the walk-ons that are only on scholarship for this season.
With that in mind, UF will only be able to add about 3-4 more recruits to this class after juniors leave early for the NFL and/or a couple players transfer as expected.
JUCO offensive tackle Trenton Brown will most likley be the next one to pull the trigger. The Gators still lead for his services and, yes, they can take both him and Moore. After Brown, I think the last few commitments will come from Marcell Harris, Jalen Ramsey, a defensive lineman or a surprise flip at another position.
That’s all for this week! Be sure to put your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below!