What a week it’s been in Florida football recruiting.
So much for that Sugar Bowl loss killing momentum.
Five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III won MVP of the Under Armour All-America Game, defensive tackle Caleb Brantley recommitted to the Gators early that next morning, receiver Demarcus Robinson picked UF over Clemson, seven early enrollees reported to Gainesville and linebacker Alex Anzalone joined the party Thursday.
With the addition of Anzalone, Florida’s 2013 class is once again ranked No. 1 by ESPN and has more commits in the ESPN150 (11) and ESPN300 (16) than any other school. UF has the top class on Rivals.com, too.
The Gators also landed cornerback Duke Dawson, the fourth member of their 2014 class.
Will Muschamp and his coaches are on a roll right now and show no signs of slowing down.
On to the questions!
How many more can we take? — Robert, Tony, Kyle
Florida currently has 27 commits and three more scholarships available after the recent departures.
The eight commits who enrolled early this week will be counted back toward the previous year, so the maximum number of recruits Florida can sign in February is 33. For the Gators to reach that number, they will need three more players to leave between now and when the signees report in June.
In my opinion, the most likely canidates are receiver Stephen Alli, tight end Tevin Westbrook, offensive linemen Tommy Jordan, defensive end Kedric Johnson, linebacker Gideon Ajagbe and cornerback Jeremy Brown.
With only a few spots left, who do you think finishes out the class? — Bill, Sam, RKellyComedy, Mr. Eko, John, GatorGeorge
If there is no more attrition and the Gators can only take three more targets, I think they finish with receiver James Clark, defensive end Elijah Daniel and either Jarran Reed or Jaynard Bostwick at defensive tackle.
Clark unofficially visited UF this past Sunday and was offered by Muschamp. Florida made his Top 5 the next day and will get his final official visit on Jan. 25. Clark said the Gators want both he and Robinson, which isn’t an issue for him.
He will visit Nebraska this weekend and Clemson on Jan. 18 before his official to Florida. If Clark doesn’t commit to either one of those schools before returning to Gainesville, UF could be in the driver’s seat at the end of this month.
Florida will also get the last visit for Daniel on Feb. 1. The Under Armour All-American told me last week that his academics are in order, which is key for the Gators if true. Many believe they have been his favorite since he decommitted from Clemson, but low test scores kept him from visiting earlier in the year and potentially pulling the trigger. Ole Miss and Mississippi State are still in the picture, but the fact that he visited those schools over a month ago and hasn’t committed is a good sign for Florida.
If Daniels doesn’t decide on UF, Auburn commit Tashawn Bower, USC commit Jason Hatcher and Mississippi State commit Chris Jones are the other top targets at defensive end. All three, however, seem less likely than Daniel.
Five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams officially visited Florida last weekend and gave the Gators high remarks, but Reed and Bostwick have more interest in UF (at least publicly). Reed, who is the teammate of JUCO early enrollee Darious Cummings, is committed to Ole Miss but will be Gainesville this weekend on an official. Bostwick visits Florida on Feb. 1 and things have been trending upwards with him since his grades improved.
If more attrition occurs, fullback Kennard Swanson is a strong candidate to make it into the class. He officially visits UF on Jan. 18. and has been adamant about pledging to the Gators since his decommitment from LSU.
Florida is still after running back Alex Collins, tight end Durham Smythe and cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander, Jalen Ramsey (USC commit) and Shaq Wiggins (UGA commit), but all have visits remaining and their recruitment will become clearer in a few weeks.
And for all those who asked, I’m told UF is not actively pursuing quarterback Asiantii Woulard and former linebacker commit Quinton Powell.
Do you see us losing anybody before National Signing Day? — Leland
With Brantley back on board and linebacker James Hearns no longer taking an official to Ohio State, defensive lineman Antonio Riles is the only UF commit considering another school. He is officially visiting Michigan State this weekend, but he appears to be solid with the Gators judging by his tweets and most recent photo. Riles takes his official visit to Florida on Jan. 18.
That’s all for this week! Be sure to put your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below!