This could my last recruiting blog for the Gator Prospectus.
But if it’s past 6:12 a.m. EST and you’re reading this … never mind.
The Mayans were wrong.
Despite the loss of Demarcus Robinson, it was another successful recruiting week for Florida. The Gators signed their three JUCO linemen commits on Wednesday, and also landed 2014 quarterback Will Grier.
I would not be surprised if Grier, who has been UF-bound for awhile, was asked to announce early by the coaches. He wasn’t scheduled to make his decision until January, but he moved it up a month just one day after Robinson’s decommitment.
With Grier on board and the hiring of new receivers coach Joker Phillips, recruiting elite wideouts should be much easier down the road. I don’t expect them to have much of an affect in this recruiting cycle. UF wants just one more prospect at the position and only a few targets remain.
However, Grier will be a huge attraction for years to come. This sends a strong message to receivers that Florida is committed to the passing game and has talent at quarterback to make it flourish in the future.
On to the questions!
Any word on RB Alex Collins? — Georgia GATORBOI
Collins has not answered my calls or texts, but all indications are that he had a great official visit to UF over the weekend. Florida running back Adam Lane told me the coaches put together a fun trip for the two of them, and he thinks Collins has the Gators leading.
If the time to sign was today, I believe Collins would ink with UF based on what I’m hearing. But it’s unclear whether Florida will have room for a third running back, and he also has an official to Miami on Jan. 18.
Never count out the hometown Hurricanes when they have the last visit, as we saw last year with Tracy Howard. However, it looks like the Gators have the advantage right now for the South Plantation prospect.
Any prospects at TE? — Ivo, Julien, Justin, Eric
With the possibility of Jordan Reed turning pro after the bowl game, Florida may try to add a tight end in this class.
The most likely option right now is Durham Smythe out of Belton, Texas, who decommitted from the Longhorns on Dec. 12. Stanford is believed to be the new front-runner, but UF tight ends coach Derek Lewis had an in-home visit with him last Thursday and Florida is hoping to get one of his five officials.
It will take him coming to Gainesville to really gauge his interest in the Gators, but they are clearly interested in him. And for those who asked, I’m told former Miami commit Travis Johnson (Tampa Jesuit) and former Alabama commit Josh McNeil (New Berlin, N.Y./Milford Academy) don’t have the grades to get into UF.
Is CB Mackenzie Alexander set to visit UF? And where do we stand? — Matthew, Tamayo
Yes, the five-star corner from Immokalee will take an unofficial visit to Florida sometime in January. A source of mine knows one of his coaches, and he said things have heated up recently with Alexander and the Gators. He’s been speaking a lot with Will Muschamp and Travais Robinson, and the prospect of playing in-state is starting to appeal to him.
Muschamp is telling Alexander that he could make an immediate impact in the return game and compete at corner right away with Loucheiz Purifoy playing more offense next year. There’s still a lot of time and other visits left in his recruitment, but right now I think UF has a better shot with Alexander than it does with USC commit Jalen Ramsey.
Are you ready to give us a mock class yet? — Ro
Only because the world is supposed to end tomorrow. Everyone keep in mind that this is a mock class, NOT my predictions. It’s just an idea of how Florida might finish if today were National Signing Day.
With the fallout from Collins’ visit, I’m pretty confident putting him in at this time. I think the Gators will land Elijah Daniel at defensive end, which is the only position that must add another prospect.
I’m still not sure how the receiver position will play out, but UF is going to take a fifth wideout one way or another. If Robinson doesn’t return to the class, I expect James Clark to get offered and commit soon (or immediately) after.
I’m not going to put Alexander in my mock just yet, but he’s definitely trending upward for the Gators.
* — early enrollee
QB Max Staver
RB Alex Collins
RB Adam Lane
*RB Kelvin Taylor
WR Alvin Bailey
WR Ahmad Fulwood
WR Marqui Hawkins
WR Chris Thompson
*WR Demarcus Robinson/James Clark
*OL Trenton Brown
OL Cameron Dillard
OL Octavius Jackson
OL Roderick Johnson
*OL Tyler Moore
DT Caleb Brantley
*DT Darious Cummings
*DL Joey Ivie
DL Antonio Riles
DE Elijah Daniel
DE Jordan Sherit
LB Jarrad Davis
LB James Hearns
*LB Daniel McMillian
*LB Matt Rolin
CB Vernon Hargreaves III
*DB Marcell Harris
DB Keanu Neal
DB Nick Washington
That’s all for this week! Be sure to put your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below!