With offensive guard David Dawson not pulling the trigger last weekend, it may be awhile before we see another commitment for the Florida Gators.
Defensive tackle Greg Gilmore makes his decision on Nov. 8 and I really think he’s LSU-bound after speaking with him briefly on Sunday.
He will be three days removed from his official visit to Baton Rouge, which is for the Alabama game, and I just have a feeling that the Tigers are going to gain back the lead they had for much of his recruitment.
Gilmore told me he was indeed “amazed” by Florida’s win over LSU and the Gators have grabbed his attention even more with their recent success. However, he’s equally impressed with the way LSU has bounced back from that loss in The Swamp and continues to talk about how he’ll be able to play early because the Tigers are losing six D-linemen.
One recruit who won’t be picking UF anytime soon is five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. His statements in my recruiting weekend rewind generated a lot of opinions from Gator fans in the comment section of my blog.
Several readers asked me why the Florida coaches keep letting him visit if he has no interest. First of all, he is not costing them any money or resources. Tunsil’s last two trips have been on his own dime and he’s not taking away a seat from anybody, although he may be blocking a few folks with his 6-foot-6 frame.
But the bottom line is, if I’m Will Muschamp and the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle wants to attend my game, I welcome him with open arms. Even though Tunsil says he wasn’t swayed by the last two wins at home, there was a chance it could have happened and that’s why you let him come. If he wants to officially visit later this year, you better believe Muschamp would love to have him back. Even though Tunsil is frustrating for a lot of fans, Muschamp has a job to as a recruiter and representative of UF, and he’s not going to ruin a relationship with a kid, his teammates (possible future prospects) or his high school coaches just because he isn’t high on the Gators.
On to the questions!
Should we be worried about losing out on S Marcell Harris on his last visit? If Marquez North is hurt do we take another WR? — Mike
For those who missed my tweet Wednesday, someone close to Harris told me he’s talking about visiting Ohio State for his last official. This is a bit of a surprise since the Buckeyes aren’t in his Top 6, but Urban Meyer has been after Harris since he was a freshman. Meyer certainly has the recruiting ability to make Ohio State a factor for Harris, but Florida and Texas are really the only schools in the running right now according to that same source. So I wouldn’t worry about the Buckeyes at the moment.
North suffered a torn labrum and will miss the remainder of his senior season, but I doubt the Gators will go after another receiver besides Clemson commit Demarcus Robinson. North is their top target and that won’t change. UF safety commit Nick Washington had the same injury and he recovered just fine from it.
What is the latest on Notre Dame commit LB Alex Anzalone? — Hector, Dustin Brian, TG
It may be only a matter of time before Anzalone ends up in this class. He spent three days in Gainesville (on his own dime) the weekend of the LSU game and then cancelled his official visit to Notre Dame last weekend. Rumor has it that he’s even filled out his early enrollment paperwork for UF already.
I haven’t been able to confirm that with him because he still isn’t doing interviews, but it wouldn’t shock me one bit. His dad graduated from Florida, Anzalone grew up a Gator fan and he lived out his childhood dream when he worked out in The Swamp at Friday Night Lights.
What’s the case with DE Elijah Daniel? He just decommited from Clemson. Is he going to officially visit? Are we in serious contention for him? — Lighty, Tamaro
Last Saturday, this came from Daniel’s twitter account: “Im goin to decommit from clemson tigers today just don’t feel lik its the right fit for me and family doesnt think either.”
Minutes later, Daniel deleted the tweet and said his account was hacked.
I don’t buy that at all because this has been brewing for weeks. I think he just spoke too soon and quickly realized it. Nonetheless, Daniel says he’s still committed to Clemson but remains open to other schools.
Florida is a serious contender for him and will likely be his landing spot once he part ways with the Tigers. But until Daniel gets the necessary test scores he needs, the NCAA Clearing House won’t allow him to take any official visits (see Shaq Wiggins).
Would Muschamp take both David Dawson and Ira Denson, or is it one or the other? If both, does an Octavius Jackson get dropped? — Chas, Dustin, Roy
The Gators are only going to take one more offensive guard and yes, it will be either Dawson or Denson. They are not going to drop Jackson to get both of them. Muschamp has said in the past he doesn’t do things like that.
I tweeted it a few hours before the LSU game, but Denson was the FSU commit I talked about in my Mail Stack on 8/8. At the time, Dawson wasn’t really in the picture because he didn’t come for Friday Night Lights and Denson was calling the UF coaches in hopes of receiving an offer. He told me that if he did, he would flip to Florida.
Well, Denson still hasn’t gotten one because things have changed with Dawson since then. The Gators are really confident they can land Dawson now that he’s officially visited. But if he doesn’t return for the banquet weekend like he said and/or commit to Florida, expect the coaches to turn the heat up on Denson.
Zach, everything I see with CB Jalen Ramsey seems he is all-Trojan. Are the Gators still recruiting Jalen or is he off the board? — Jimmie, Seth
He’s definitely still on the board, and Rivals.com reported that Ramsey was going to call the Florida staff Wednesday. But you’re right, he seems solid to USC judging by his tweets, and the fact that he didn’t attend any of Florida’s last three games (including nearby Vanderbilt) doesn’t bode well for the Gators. Unless he makes a return trip to UF at some point, it looks like he’ll stick with the Trojans.
Does Florida have a real shot at O.J. Howard? — Richard
Probably not based on his video interview with 247Sports on Tuesday. Howard said he had a great time in Gainesville and enjoyed the gameday atmosphere, but he’s still solid with Alabama and considers Florida as a fallback option. One interesting note from the interview was that Howard said the main recruiting pitch from the UF coaches is they expect junior tight end Jordan Reed to leave early for the NFL.
Zach, say this happens: we fall short of a National Title causing Sharrif Floyd, Matt Elam, etc. to stay to try and win one. This also causes us to land our big targets like Anzalone, Harris, Dawson, Gilmore and Ramsey. How do we handle scholarships? We seem to be in serious contention for big names with a full class. I can see the juniors not declaring. This is a problem. — Kaleb, GatorHess, Mark T., C-Slim
With offensive lineman Tyler Moore transferring and 19 members in the 2013 class, Florida currently has no more scholarships available for next season. However, the Gators are anticipating 3-4 transfers and Floyd and Elam are as good as gone. The results of this season, good or bad, are not going to change their minds in my opinion. You also have the possibility of guys like Reed, Jelani Jenkins and Dominique Easley going pro.
So while there could be a potential problem if a bunch of top targets try to commit, I don’t think it will be an issue because the numbers are going to work out. The only kids I feel confident about Florida landing is Dawson, Anzalone and Harris, and the Gators can add them with Floyd and Elam gone and just one transfer. Anybody else (Ramsey, Tunsil, North, another D-linemen) would be a plus-one, and I expect Florida to have room for any late additions because of multiple transfers.
That’s all for this week! Be sure to put your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below!