November 20th, 2012 12:47pm

UF-leans Brown, Ogundeko recap their visit


Florida had three top targets on hand for its 23-0 victory over Jacksonville State this past Saturday.

The two official visitors were defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson) and JUCO defensive tackle Darious Cummings (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.), who committed to the Gators following his trip.

Ogunkdeo visited UF back on June 8 and enjoyed seeing The Swamp this time around.

“That was my favorite part,” Ogundeko said. “It’s a great stadium with a lot of fans. You can’t really ask for more when it comes to a gameday experience.”

The Gators have been Ogundeko’s front-runner since the summer and he said their lead is even stronger after his trip, due in large part to the hospitality of some UF commits and players.

“I sat with Nick Washington during the game and then talked to Caleb Brantley afterward. Both those guys want me to join them. I also had a lot of fun with Dante Fowler and some of the other freshmen. I spoke to Dominique Easley too and he told me I need to come down there and represent New York like him. So I just loved the vibe at Florida and I could definitely see myself playing there,” Ogundeko said.

The ESPN150 member will visit Clemson (Nov. 24), Ole Miss (Dec. 1) and Syracuse (Dec. 8 ) before making his commitment the second week of December. His three leaders (in no particular) behind UF are Arizona State, Clemson and Ole Miss.

Saturday’s game was the second JUCO offensive tackle Trenton Brown (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military) has attended this year after officially visiting for the season-opener against Bowling Green.

Like Ogundeko, Brown has favored Florida for months and that’s still the case.

“They showed the same love last weekend they’ve been giving me since the beginning, and that’s what keeping them on top,” Brown said. “I love the loyalty and faithfulness the coaches have and they’ve been upfront with me throughout the whole process.”

Brown spoke the UF staff on Saturday about his shot at early playing time, which is one of the determining factors in his recruitment.

“We had a good conversation, we always do,” Brown said. “Most importantly, they wanted to make sure that I know my opportunity is there to see the field next season. That means a lot to me because I have three years to play two, so I need to go to a school where I can come in and hit the ground running.”

The 6-foot-8, 350-pounder visits Florida State on Wednesday and Oklahoma this weekend, then he will commit sometime next week. He said the Seminoles and Sooners have their work cut out for them.

“They have a chance to be a school I sign with,” he said, “but they’re going to have to do some exclusive stuff to beat out Florida.”

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  1. November 20th, 2012 1:02 pm

    He is opposed to playing guard right? What about Moore and Garcia? Seems like a lot of tackles and few on guards/centers…

    by Kyle

  2. November 20th, 2012 1:12 pm

    Yes, Florida is recruiting Brown as a tackle. When they committed, Moore and Garcia said they didn’t mind playing guard and both could end up there if Browns pans out.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  3. November 20th, 2012 1:34 pm

    Great stuff Zach.

    Go Gators

    by gators79

  4. November 20th, 2012 1:39 pm

    What is the deal with McMillan being a soft verbal? Is he really looking around? Was he put off by the interest from other LB’s or is being told to lay low to help us get other LB’s? I really hope he sticks with Florida.

    by Doug

  5. November 20th, 2012 1:47 pm

    Zach, have you seen tape on Brown? At 350 lbs, is light on his feet? Will he be able to handle Clowney or another SEC defensive end?

    by Homer J

  6. November 20th, 2012 2:03 pm

    Nobody handles Clowney. Fortunately, he only has one more year.

    by Lizardgrad89

  7. November 20th, 2012 2:24 pm

    So we now have Cummings committed, Ogundeko, Brown, Harris as very probables, Denson a possible flip, Daniels decommited and a Florida lean, Ramsey still a possible. Doesn’t seem like we can take them all. Do we then back out on some lower rated commits like ivie, Riles? Seems like a lot on the O and D lines. What if a receiver or a LB got interested at the last minute?

    by sternmdga

  8. November 20th, 2012 2:59 pm

    Brown at 6-foot-8….light on his feet…. I want to see that tape

    by Paul Casler

  9. November 20th, 2012 3:11 pm

    Thanks zach

    by Kyle

  10. November 20th, 2012 4:35 pm

    I think McMillan will be cool…I think another D-lineman in this class will be a big help…Brown reminds me of my man Max Starks, who now mans the left side for my Steelers. Great job Zach!

    by Baton Rouge Gator Fan

  11. November 20th, 2012 4:37 pm

    It would be great to land both of those guys.

    by npgator

  12. November 20th, 2012 5:10 pm

    Once again a kid hooked on ‘early playing time’. AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH! Even if the kid is thinking that why does he say that? I would much rather have a kid that says ‘I want to compete with the best for a starting job’. Besides I can’t think of hardly any JUCO kids in the last 10 years that dominated at Florida.

    by Delray Mike

  13. November 20th, 2012 5:26 pm

    Reggie nelson

    by Kyle

  14. November 20th, 2012 7:28 pm

    Zach, what about North now that Dooley got fired; do we have a chance with him? It would be nice to get one more blue chip WR.

    by lance

  15. November 20th, 2012 7:45 pm

    Reggie Nelson was one of the best college safeties I have ever seen. I’m still surprised he didn’t make an immediate impact in the NFL.

    by MAS

  16. November 20th, 2012 7:54 pm

    North Carolina is the comp not tenn

    by Kyle

  17. November 20th, 2012 9:21 pm

    I am sitting here watching my recording of the Georgia game…I am a Debose fan, but he’s running soft and allowing the other team set the tone in a major way! Our team leaders HAVE TO check that on sight! We’ve got to hit first, often and last!

    We have several areas where recruiting can help us but IMO, OL is our biggest need. A dominate OL will improve QB, RB, WR play and help the defense. Brown has the size, so if he has the heart, let him in. I would endorse signing 1-2 additional OL to the class! I. Denson, R. Johnson. Don’t come to UF asking about playing time, TAKE IT! We can’t afford to miss at this position.

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  18. November 21st, 2012 12:15 pm

    It cracks me up to hear fans blog about perspective recruits and declare if its acceptable or non-acceptable for UF to sign these student athletes. It gets more entertaining when these fans decide which current players are not performing to their standards and how the other players should respond. Thank you Zach, for providing great first hand and informative information on prospective recruits. Blogging is great as long as bloggers get a grip on where they actually have the authority and position to direct the University of Florida Football Department.

    by Instagator

  19. November 21st, 2012 1:13 pm

    Let’s see, that illustrious list of JUCO studs includes Reggie Nelson and……….Reggie Nelson. Maybe we could compile a list of JUCO kids who didn’t pan out, perhaps that would make my point a little bit better.

    Regardless, my point wasn’t to knock kids taking the Coffeeville route to D-1 but to cast major dispersions upon the whole ‘I-can-play-now-’cause-they’re-thin-at-the-position’ mentality that seems to prevail with some (not all) big time recruits.

    by Delray Mike

  20. November 21st, 2012 3:46 pm

    How can Texas A & M sign 31 players? Don’t they have to stick to the SEC min of 25?

    by Doug

  21. November 21st, 2012 7:30 pm

    @ Instagator: Happy that you’re reading and entertained by Zach’s work and the responding post made by the ‘fans.’ Some ‘fans’ actually know some of what they are talking about and have stuck their face in the fan so others like you can ‘crack up.’ Sharing one’s perspective is the one goal of this blog. I don’t believe any of us are using this blog in an attempt to direct our team or staff in any direction – to think otherwise would crack me up too.

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  22. November 21st, 2012 8:48 pm

    zach–I think I said hey to ebenezer in the parking lot. He seemed very nice. Did he come with his dad and brother?

    by kevin

  23. November 22nd, 2012 8:43 am

    Doug, early enrollees count towards the previous year’s recruiting class. So a total of 31 signees with 6 EE’s will keep Texas Agricultural & Mechanical’s present class at 25 total. It’s an NCAA regulation, not SEC. And I think you meant max, not min. TWO sentences and you can’t proofread them? (sharp knuckle shot with a yardstick) I am glad to see that you saved a whopping four keystrokes by abbreviating the word “minimum”, even if it was the incorrect word. I hope I satisfactorily answered your question and I fully expect you to raise your grammatical game.

    by Jerk Store

  24. November 24th, 2012 1:20 pm

    Is EMK now posting as Jerk Store?

    by Gator N NC

  25. November 24th, 2012 2:23 pm


    I was talking about you not Zack he does great work. I’m glad you noticed I was talking about your work…..You crack me up! I speak for myself and that is my opinion. You have no influence at the University of Florida. Go read what I said! You don’t need to try to speak for other people. Other bloggers who’s work I might find funny is not your concern to speak for. They are bloggers and quite able to respond. If they see your works as theirs they will respond. Just keep me laughing…….

    by Instagator

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