Two weeks ago, I said the LSU game was the biggest recruiting weekend of the year.
And it was — at that time.
This Saturday’s matchup against South Carolina may top it.
The Florida Gators will have three official visitors (Cameron Dillard, David Dawson, Marcell Harris) as opposed to the one they had for LSU (Marquez North), and there’s a greater chance that we’ll see some commitments.
UF probably won’t host this many recruits again until the banquet weekend on Dec. 8, when most members of the 2013 class and some top remaining targets will be taking their official visits.
On to the questions!
I heard WR Laquon Treadwell is off the board. What are our chances with Marquez North? Do we add another playmaker to this years class? — Pat, Jerome
Treadwell named his five finalists earlier this month (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Michigan) and the Gators are now out of the picture, although they were probably never in it. His tweets about Florida could have been just him trying to get more followers on twitter.
As for North, he still has Tennessee leading and isn’t very fond of Florida’s passing game right now. But as I said last week, if the Volunteers and their coach continue to struggle this season and North visits UF for the banquet weekend like he plans to, things could get very interesting.
However, I believe Clemson receiver commit Demarcus Robinson is the best shot Florida has at adding a fifth wideout in this class. He will unofficially visit this weekend for the South Carolina game and then return for an official later in the year. UF is recruiting him harder than any other school, including Clemson, and he favored the Gators for several months before committing to the Tigers on July 20.
Do we have a chance of getting Rodney Adams back? And are we in the hunt for Stacy Coley? We have a chance at Taj Williams out of Tallahassee? — John, HE15MAN, Woody King
Florida stopped recruiting these receivers awhile back for various reasons, some of which I’m not quite sure of (specifically with Coley). But the Gators are happy with the four receivers they have, and the only guys they still want and would take at this point are North and Robinson.
What’s the latest on Gilmore? Are we in driver’s seat for Dawson? — Jerome, Austin
Nothing new on Gilmore. Florida and LSU are still tied for the lead and he will officially visit Oklahoma (Oct. 27) and LSU (Nov. 3) before making his decision on Nov. 8. I’ll have a better idea of where he’s leaning after his trip to Baton Rouge.
The Gators are definitely in the driver’s seat for Dawson. He named Florida his leader this past Sunday and it may be a matter of time (or days) before he commits. Out of him and Harris, Dawson is much more likely to pull the trigger this weekend.
Why is O.J. Howard visiting, he’s a solid commit to Bama. Do we have a chance? — Tamayo
Not really. Howard’s father told 247Sports that his son is still solid to Alabama and just wants to see a good football game and check out the atmosphere at Florida. Maybe the Gators can make an impression with their use of Jordan Reed, but I doubt it will be enough to turn him away from the Tide. In my opinion, none of the top 2013 tight ends want to join this class because of the two that UF signed last year.
What’s up with the rumors about Robert Nkemdiche, the DT committed to Clemson? Possible Gators interest? — Ryan
Clemson defensive tackle commit Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, does a weekly diary with ESPN Recruiting Nation about his senior season and recruiting process. In his latest entry, Nkemdiche revealed he has some interest in the Gators. However, the people I’ve talked to who covered his recruitment closely say it’s going to come down to Clemson and Ole Miss, where his older brother plays. Their mom, who is a politician in Nigeria, wants both boys at the same school to make visiting them easier.
“Recruiting is going great, but I am just really confused right now because I love Clemson, but you know everything that is going on with my family and Ole Miss. (Clemson coach) Dabo (Swinney) is trying to win my mom’s heart. He is sending her letters, but there is only so much he can do. A lot of people have said he plans to go visit her in Nigeria, but I have not heard anything about that.
I have to decide between this and that and it is complicated, and there are a whole bunch of different things to think about, including Alabama, Florida and LSU, too.”
Should we be worried about LB James Hearns to Ohio State or DT Caleb Brantley to FSU? — Clay, Timmy
It may seem that way based on their recent comments, but right now I find it hard to see them in any other colors but orange and blue. These two have been at UF for every home game and constantly recruit for the Gators, especially Brantley. I feel like their visits to other schools are about as serious as Howard’s visit to Florida this weekend. But as you all know, things can change real fast with recruits and it will be important to hear what Hearns and Brantley have to say after their trips.
Hey Zach, any news on the linebacker out of Crestview, Dillan Lawson? I heard he is very good. Grade problems? — Woody King
I don’t know what the status of Lawson is now and whether his grades have improved or not, but the Gators haven’t recruited him since they parted ways in July. HERE is the story on what happened in case you missed it.
With Driskel and Brissett being juniors next year, I’m surprised we don’t have a top 10 rated QB as a commit. Is it that recruits don’t want to play in our system or were Muschamp and Pease not interested in any of them? — Anthony
Muschamp and Pease were definitely interested, but they struck out on every quarterback they pursued. HERE is a timeline of how it all unfolded in the spring and summer. Max Staver was literally the last option for them, but he has turned out to be a steal for the Gators given his rise in the recruiting rankings and performance at Friday Night Lights.
Staver and his Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy football team play on ESPNU tonight at 8.
Zach, can you give us a running list of prospects that UF is in the mix for and when they plan to make a selection (if known)? If they do not have a date just a TBD or N/A next to their name(s), but at least we can look forward to the ones that are coming soon. — Braxton
Some guys don’t have a set date set yet, but they know what month they want to make their commitment.
WR Demarcus Robinson — December (final decision, early enrollee)
WR Marcus North — TBD
OG David Dawson — TBD
OT Laremy Tunsil — Feb. 6 (National Signing Day)
JUCO OT Trenton Brown — November (enrolling in January)
DT Montravius Adams — January/NSD
DT Jaynard Bostwick — NSD
DT Greg Gilmore — Nov. 8
DE Ebenzer Ogundeko — Decemeber (early enrollee)
CB Mackensie Alexander — NSD
S Marcell Harris — November (early enrollee)
That’s all for this week! Be sure to put your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below!