December 2nd, 2012 10:35pm

Contact Period: Week 1 recap


UF receivers coach Bush Hamdan watched Florida WR commits Alvin Bailey and Chris Thompson on Friday. (Photo by Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun)

Last Sunday marked the beginning of the Contact Period, which runs from Nov. 25 to Feb. 2.

During this time, college coaches are permitted to have face-to-face contact with recruits or their parents, stop by their high schools, attend their games/practices and call or write them. Schools are given six in-person, off-campus visits through Feb. 3 and no more than one can take place in a single week. National Signing Day is Feb. 6.

There are a few breaks in the coming months for quiet and dead periods, some of which pertain to early enrollees and JUCO prospects. For information on these recruiting periods and FAQs, click HERE.

Here’s a recap of recruits the Florida coaches visited in Week 1.

Nov. 26
WR Ahmad Fulwood, 6-4, 189, Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny (UF commit)
DT Caleb Brantley, 6-3, 292, Crescent City, Fla./Crescent City (UF commit)
LB Jarrad Davis, 6-3, 215, Kingsland, Ga./Camden County (Auburn commit)
S Nick Washington, 6-0, 183, Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian (UF commit)

Nov. 27
QB Max Staver, 6-6, 238, Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy (UF commit)
JUCO OL Trenton Brown, 6-8, 350, Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military
DE Jordan Sherit, 6-5, 234, Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough (UF commit)
DE DeMarcus Walker, 6-4, 280, Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood (Alabama commit)
LB Daniel McMillian, 6-3, 220, Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast (UF commit)
LB Quinton Powell, 6-2, 200, Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland (UF commit)
CB Shaq Wiggins, 5-10, 165, Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek (Georgia commit)
S Marcell Harris, 6-1, 209, Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips (UF commit)
2014 OL Corey Martinez, 6-4, 290, Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic
2014 DE Blake McClain, 6-3, 225, Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood
2014 LB Dillon Bates, 6-3, 218, Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra
2o14 DB T.J. Harrell, 6-1, 210, Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic

Nov. 28
RB Kelvin Taylor, 5-11, 214, Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Day (UF commit)
RB Alex Collins, 5-11, 195, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./South Plantation
OL Cameron Dillard, 6-3, 290, Canton, Mich./Canton (UF commit)
DT Greg Gilmore, 6-4, 285, Hope Mills, N.C./South View (LSU commit)
LB Matt Rolin, 6-4, 209, Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods (South Carolina commit)
CB Vernon Hargreaves III, 5-11, 185, Tampa, Fla./Wharton (UF commit)
CB Jalen Ramsey, 6-0, 190, Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy (USC commit)
2014 OL Jamarco Jones, 6-5, 285, Chicago, Ill./De La Salle
2014 OL Aaron Roberts, 6-6, 285, Chicago, Ill./De La Salle
2014 DE Malik McDowell, 6-6, 292, Detroit, Mich./Loyola
*UF offered 2014 CB Edward Paris, 6-2, 195, Mansfield, Texas/Timberview

Nov. 29
DT Montravius Adams, 6-3, 290, Vienna, Ga./Dooly County
JUCO DT Darious Cummings, 6-2, 305, Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C. (UF commit)
JUCO DT Jarran Reed, 6-4, 305, Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.
DL Antonio Riles, 6-4, 267, Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer (UF commit)
LB James Hearns, 6-3, 230, Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln (UF commit)
LB Trey Johnson, 6-1, 222, Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett
2014 QB Will Grier, 6-3, 185, Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day
2014 TE Jeb Blazevich, 6-5, 240, Charlotte, N.C./Christian
2014 DE Bryson Allen-Williams, 6-3, 233, Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove
2014 LB Vincent Jackson, 6-2, 230, Tampa, Fla./Jesuit
* UF offered 2015 ATH Derwin James Jr., 6-3, 186, Auburndale, Fla./Auburndale (FSU commit)

Nov. 30
WR Alvin Bailey, 5-11, 175, Seffner, Fla./Armwood (UF commit)
WR Marqui Hawkins, 6-2, 190, Columbus, Ga./Carver (UF commit)
WR Chris Thompson, 6-0, 170, Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville (UF commit)
WR James Clark, 5-11, 170, New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach
OL Tyler Moore, 6-6, 305, St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg College (UF commit)
OL Roderick Johnson 6-6, 316, Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage
DL Joey Ivie, 6-4, 270, Dade City, Fla./Pasco (UF commit)
DE Ebenezer Ogundeko, 6-3, 229, Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson
CB Mackensie Alexander, 5-11, 175, Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee
S Keanu Neal, 6-1, 203, Bushnell, Fla./South Sumter (UF commit)
2014 RB Tony James, 5-10, 183, Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville
2014 RB D’Ernest Johnson, 5-10, 180, Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee
2014 WR Johnnie Dixon, 6-0, 175, West Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer
2014 OL K.C. McDermott, 6-6, 285, Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach Central
2014 LB Korie Rogers, 6-2, 218, Buford, Ga./Buford
2014 ATH J.C. Jackson, 5-10, 180, Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee (FSU commit)

Rolin was in Gainesville from Friday through Sunday following Durkin's in-home visit Wednesday. (Photo from Rolin's Twitter account)

Days after UF linebackers coach D.J. Durkin had an in-home visit with him, South Carolina LB commit Matt Rolin made a surprise trip to Florida over the weekend. Rolin committed to the Gamecocks back on May 25 and nearly his entire family, including both parents, graduated from the school.

However, the Gators were his second choice and they never stopped recruiting him. UF commits Jordan Sherit, Keanu Neal, Nick Washington and Ahmad Fulwood, who know Rolin from The Opening, were all in Gainesville on Sunday and spent time with him before he left. national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell traded texts with Rolin afterward and the Under Armour All-American told him he has a tough decision to make following his ACL surgery this week. Rolin added that he’s not doing interviews at this time, but expect something to happen soon because he’s an early enrollee.

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  1. December 3rd, 2012 5:17 am

    Glad to see our boys putting in the work. thanks Zach

    by J

  2. December 3rd, 2012 6:33 am

    Can’t wait to see this Gator team next year, it’s gonna be scary!! GO GATORS!!

    by cairog8tr

  3. December 3rd, 2012 9:34 am

    When do the EE have to pretty much announce. I know some guys who said that were going to be EE are no longer going to be like Lane. Can you share who you know are to be EE for UF? And who on the board may be considering FL and will be an EE?


    by matt

  4. December 3rd, 2012 11:26 am

    Zach, I was wondering why Adam Lane has decided not to be an EE. What changed his min?

    by Sean

  5. December 3rd, 2012 11:40 am

    The UF commits enrolling early are RB Kelvin Taylor, OL Tyler Moore, DT Darious Cummings, DL Joey Ivie, LB Daniel McMillian and S Marcell Harris. The UF targets enrolling early are OL Trenton Brown, DE Ebenezer Ogundeko and LB Matt Rolin. I didn’t get a specific reason from Adam on why he didn’t enroll early, but I would assume the amount of extra school work and his team’s playoff run was too much for him. It is for a lot of recruits.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  6. December 3rd, 2012 12:10 pm

    Do we have any chance with James Quick if we hire Joker

    by Jimmy

  7. December 3rd, 2012 1:19 pm

    Zach, don’t EE’s count toward the prior year’s recruiting class? If so, that’s 6 commits and 3 targets that wouldn’t count toward the 2013 scholarship limit. If so, how many can the Gators take over the “graduating + already short on players + early to NFL” count?

    by GatorMeO&B

  8. December 3rd, 2012 1:39 pm

    After watching the James Clark highlights I’m convinced he could be the playmaking wide receiver we need. Do you think we will offer him, and if so, does he commit?

    by Beezy B

  9. December 3rd, 2012 3:06 pm

    Zach, read that UF hired Joker Phillips as WR coach. Do you have any information about this? Also, what would you think about Phillips as the WR coach?

    by Gator N NC

  10. December 3rd, 2012 4:00 pm

    Zach, I thought DJ Durkin was the recruiting coordinator. Does giving Phillips that title reflect a possible move by Durkin?

    by Gator N NC

  11. December 3rd, 2012 4:41 pm

    Gator N NC,
    No Aubrey Hill was the recruiting coordinator and Muschamp served in that role this year. I’ll have a blog on Phillips’ hiring and impact tonight.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  12. December 3rd, 2012 7:51 pm

    Coach Boom is killing it! We just took a big-time recruit from LSU. Story should be published shorty.

    by GHD

  13. December 3rd, 2012 8:49 pm

    If you’re referring to FB Kennard Swanson, he has not committed to Florida yet. He plans to during or immediatley after his official visit on Dec. 13, but it’s not a done deal yet. AND, UF might not be willing to take him just yet.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  14. December 3rd, 2012 9:06 pm

    Not even another Hail Mary to tunsil… Wow

    by Kyle

  15. December 3rd, 2012 9:34 pm

    Surprised that the staff went to talk to Mackensie, anything new there Zach?

    by E.

  16. December 3rd, 2012 9:38 pm

    From D’Ernest Johnson’s twitter account he is “ALL Gator” but he isn’t shown as a ’14 commitment? whats the story on that one Zach?

    by E.

  17. December 4th, 2012 12:14 pm

    Zach- what freshmen redshirted? Poole and Taylor played some but do they qualify still?

    by Kyle

  18. December 4th, 2012 9:51 pm

    Thanks for the update on Swanson, Zach!

    by GHD

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