February 6th, 2013 06:46am

Live Signing Day Blog


6:50 a.m. — Good morning from The Gainesville Sun. The letters of intent for UF will start coming through the fax machine as early as 7 a.m. I’ll update this blog as soon as they come in and also when Florida’s targets make their decisions. The Gators have five known targets (four realistic) who will be announcing before 10 a.m.

7:01 a.m. — DB Nick Washington is in.

7:06 a.m. — OL Cameron Dillard is in.

7:13 a.m. — DE Jordan Sherit has faxed in his LOI.

7:25 a.m. — RB Adam Lane is in.

7:30 a.m. — WR Alvin Bailey has faxed in his LOI.

7:36 a.m. — Bailey and Sherit are in.

7:46 a.m. — DE Robert Nkemdiche commits to Ole Miss over Florida and LSU.

8:02 a.m. — WR Ahmad Fulwood and DE Antonio Riles are in.

8:06 a.m. — LB Jarrad Davis is in.

8:07 a.m. — DT Jay-nard Bostwick commits to Florida over Miami and Alabama.

8:16 a.m. — WR Chris Thompson is in.

8:18 a.m. — WR Marqui Hawkins is in.

8:24 a.m. — DT Caleb Brantley is in.

8:53 a.m. — CB Vernon Hargreaves III is in.

9:05 a.m. — QB Max Staver and OL Roderick Johnson is in.

9:09 a.m. — DB Keanu Neal is in.

9:34 a.m. — WR James Clark commits to Ohio State over Florida and Clemson.

9:50 a.m. — OL Octavius Jackson is in. DB Marcell Harris is the only commit left.

10:08 a.m. — Tashawn Bower just reportedly committed to LSU, but myself and other media outlets were told he faxed his LOI to UF at 7:27 a.m. This is a mess.

10:22 a.m. — Brian Dohn, Northeast Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com, was just told Bower is still waiting to decide.

10:35 a.m. — Just spoke with Marcell Harris‘ father. He told me his son’s ceremony is why his LOI hasn’t come in yet.

10:41 a.m. — UF announces it has received Harris’ LOI.

11:20 a.m. — Tashawn Bower has signed with LSU. Big loss for Florida. He committed to the Gators this morning.

11:44 a.m. — Jarran Reed’s coach just told me he will announce his decision at noon ET.

11:58 a.m. — Jay-nard Bostwick’s father told me his son has faxed his LOI to UF. All of the current commits are in for the Gators.

12:30 p.m. — Still haven’t heard back from Reed or his coach. I’ll keep trying until I get something.

12:41 p.m. — Jarran Reed‘s coach just told me he has picked Florida. The Gators finish with 28 members in their 2013 class barring any late surprises.

1:33 p.m. — Reed is in.

3:15 p.m. — Will Muschamp press conference

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  1. February 6th, 2013 7:19 am

    well this is a little awkward but i like it… is this the first thing you are updating or for those that are twitter opposed???

    by jacobs

  2. February 6th, 2013 7:29 am

    oh hell yeah bower

    by jacobs

  3. February 6th, 2013 8:03 am

    I thought you would have a rolling conversation with this…

    by armygator

  4. February 6th, 2013 8:06 am

    Meyer tells em they are the next Percy Harvin and it’s all over. Same line he used on Debose.

    by Joe

  5. February 6th, 2013 8:11 am

    yeah there was a guy last year he pissed off with that line and he went to bama cyrus jones

    by jacobs

  6. February 6th, 2013 8:13 am

    So is Bower’s letter in or is this a prediction? I have heard nothing of this on other sites or was he the silent commit Zach spoke of?

    by Gator9

  7. February 6th, 2013 8:14 am

    Heard Bower sent in his LOI but wanted it kept quiet until he makes it official later on this morning.

    by armygator

  8. February 6th, 2013 8:18 am

    Can you please post who signed when you tweet? Us students on campus would like quick updates:)
    Ty as always!!

    by Derek

  9. February 6th, 2013 8:20 am

    Good day for Gators. Meyer and the Percy thing is getting old. Besides Percy played for UF not Bucks. Recruits should laugh every time he brings it up.

    by J

  10. February 6th, 2013 8:26 am

    Is Bower the surprise signing day commit? Great Pick Up but not a surprise. He adds depth at the DE position. But a surprise would be like getting someone like Nkemdiche to flip, which I know was impossible! O well Go Gators BOOOOM!!!!!!

    by KingofFLA

  11. February 6th, 2013 8:28 am

    Glad to see Brantley’s LOI is in. He was my biggest question mark on the verbals we had.

    by armygator

  12. February 6th, 2013 8:29 am

    Did you miss Octavious Jackson?

    by wolfie

  13. February 6th, 2013 8:29 am

    agreed on brantley he was who i was worried about

    by jacobs

  14. February 6th, 2013 8:31 am

    James Clark to Ohio State is not a done deal. I think Zach doesn’t want people to be angry at him for a miss prediction if he is wrong. I for one don’t blame him. He caught hell last year for giving his honest assessment. I hope you are wrong Zach, but if not this is still a stellar class.

    by gatorbread

  15. February 6th, 2013 8:32 am

    both the guys we have added today are bigger deals than clark… still really want him tho

    by jacobs

  16. February 6th, 2013 8:35 am

    Haven’t got confirmation on him yet.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  17. February 6th, 2013 8:38 am

    Other sites Gatornation and ESPN are showing Hargraves, Octavious Jackson, Adam Lane and Roderick Johnson committed… Are their faxes in?

    Wow.. The # of early faxes sows the obvious committment from these kids.

    Great news.

    by Dennis

  18. February 6th, 2013 8:44 am

    How about a format with all the commits or targets and their current status. That would make it easy to see where we stand.

    by Vulcan Alex

  19. February 6th, 2013 8:44 am

    Someone else said it best. All of these recruits that sign today are gravy! Zach, you do an excellent job with recruiting. I appreciate your hardwork.

    by KingofFLA

  20. February 6th, 2013 8:49 am

    Rivals chat posted rumor we flipped Trey Johnson from Urban?

    Any validity to this?

    by Brad

  21. February 6th, 2013 8:51 am

    Zach, What about Harris, Hargraves, and Neal ?

    by Gulfstream

  22. February 6th, 2013 8:54 am

    Any news on VHIII? Would love to see that LOI come through for my own mind! He definitely is the best player in the country can’t wait to see him in the orange and blue!

    by Josh

  23. February 6th, 2013 9:03 am

    VHIII is signing at 2pm I believe.

    by Chris

  24. February 6th, 2013 9:04 am

    Never mind. After I posted the blog got updated.

    by Chris

  25. February 6th, 2013 9:05 am

    Florida’s commits aren’t all signing at the same time. You guys don’t need to worry about any of them.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  26. February 6th, 2013 9:05 am

    Trey Johnson signed his LOI to OSU just checked their major blog site, would’ve been a nice addition though.

    by Dave

  27. February 6th, 2013 9:05 am

    Clark was not going to be fast and physical enough for the SEC. I heard he came to that realization and figured he would be better served playing in the Big 10.

    by RogueT

  28. February 6th, 2013 9:12 am

    Clark has great hands and better acceleration than any other receiver in this class. I can’t see him going to OSU when they already picked up Wilson last night.

    by Randall Ladnier

  29. February 6th, 2013 9:13 am

    Danny Krysalka, Ocala Forest, is being given preferred walk-on status as a kicker. Powerful leg.

    by ocalaman

  30. February 6th, 2013 9:14 am

    Has the Surprise recruit already signed Zach? Yes or No

    by Let the Big Gator Eat!

  31. February 6th, 2013 9:16 am

    Great Job,Zach and Florida. Just wish we had another mobile QB coming in. None of this will matter if Mohnwaring(Sp??) is the starting QB. Maybe we can put a “red jersey” on Jeff during the games.

    by Lou Vales

  32. February 6th, 2013 9:18 am

    By the way, let’s hope that Jeff is a Recreational Therapy major to be on the safe side.

    by Lou Vales

  33. February 6th, 2013 9:19 am

    Do these guys actually “fax” in their LOIs anymore? Is this 1992?

    by RogueT

  34. February 6th, 2013 9:21 am

    News on Jarran Reed or James Clark? Guess 9 AM wasn’t quite right…

    by Cody

  35. February 6th, 2013 9:23 am

    That’s what they told me. They’re obviously running late.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  36. February 6th, 2013 9:23 am

    LOU VALES, Max Staver IS a mobile, dual-threat QB. Has an NFL arm on him too.

    by Gator Todd

  37. February 6th, 2013 9:24 am

    Not blaming you Zach, I know this happens with these kids all the time…still think we have a good shot at Reed?

    by Cody

  38. February 6th, 2013 9:24 am

    Rouge, Clark wouldn’t “be fast enough” for the SEC? Watch his film again. That kid has a first step similar to Percy Harvin’s.

    by Gator Todd

  39. February 6th, 2013 9:25 am

    Zach tweeted me stating the big surprise was Jay-nard Bostwick. Hope that helps

    by Sheila

  40. February 6th, 2013 9:26 am

    Heard Brantley and Fullwood are signed. Is this correct?

    by Gator Todd

  41. February 6th, 2013 9:28 am

    They do fax them in, and it’s not 1992. I know this because Spur-dog isn’t roaming our sidelines and we are not celebrating our first official SEC title.

    by lizardgrad89

  42. February 6th, 2013 9:29 am

    I meant Bostwick.

    by Gator Todd

  43. February 6th, 2013 9:30 am

    Our first official SEC title was in 1991.

    by Gator Todd

  44. February 6th, 2013 9:35 am

    Gator Todd…I was just kidding…Doing a play on the “We didn’t want him anyway” line.

    by RogueT

  45. February 6th, 2013 9:35 am

    Its funny how people think that a kid who is one of the fastest kids on the football field in a state filled with fast kids cant compete with the speed of the SEC. The kid is solid wish him luck wherever he goes.

    by Gator Champ

  46. February 6th, 2013 9:36 am

    Clarke signed with OSU

    by Matt

  47. February 6th, 2013 9:36 am

    feels like reed is waiting on bama’s other dts

    by kyle

  48. February 6th, 2013 9:38 am

    Elijah Daniel to Clemson – no wait, he’s going to Ole Miss – no wait, now he’s going to Auburn. That must mean that Chris Jones is going to Ole Miss.

    by Homer J

  49. February 6th, 2013 9:40 am

    Tunsil to Ole Miss…wow

    by Gatorphan

  50. February 6th, 2013 9:42 am

    Rivals is saying Bowers news coming out early might have screwed it up for Gators

    by Kevin

  51. February 6th, 2013 9:45 am

    Bowers…not if his LOI is in!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  52. February 6th, 2013 9:45 am

    Trey Johnson signed with OSU

    by Frank

  53. February 6th, 2013 9:47 am

    If Bowers already signed a LOI how could it be screwed up for the Gators?

    by Frank

  54. February 6th, 2013 9:50 am

    Kevin, I sure hope not!

    by Sean

  55. February 6th, 2013 9:51 am

    Tunsil to Ole Miss. Wow…didn’t see that coming. I was sure he was uga bound.

    by Sean

  56. February 6th, 2013 9:52 am

    I’m just relaying what I heard…amazingly I have not yet seen his LOI

    by Kevin

  57. February 6th, 2013 9:52 am

    Montavious Adams picks the Barn. UGA is only going to end up with 1 of the top 10 players in their own state. Taking it on the chin in Athens. Love it!!!

    by MJMGator

  58. February 6th, 2013 9:55 am

    Zach, how do you find out when the LOI comes in? Is it from the coaches, or someone else in the athletic department?

    by Gator N NC

  59. February 6th, 2013 9:55 am

    Looks as if Marcel Harris is the only one left… Not even ten a.
    Ok Gator Fans get on the bus. What a culture change.

    Character begins with a “man’s word” These committs have stepped up to the plate…

    by Dennis

  60. February 6th, 2013 9:58 am

    Zach it is your job to keep us calm in these times. Where are you!!!????

    by Joe

  61. February 6th, 2013 10:00 am

    What’s worrying you Joe?

    by Zach Abolverdi

  62. February 6th, 2013 10:00 am

    joe had too much coffee

    by jacobs

  63. February 6th, 2013 10:02 am

    I heard rumors of 2 unknown commits last night, any validity to rumors?

    by johan dragovic

  64. February 6th, 2013 10:02 am

    I thought Bower was to announce at 9:30? Any word?

    by Gatorphan

  65. February 6th, 2013 10:04 am

    Gator country has Bower’s LOI received at 7:27am. (Supposedly validated by UF)

    by Kris

  66. February 6th, 2013 10:04 am

    Haha, need more recruits!!!

    by Joe

  67. February 6th, 2013 10:05 am


    by Joe

  68. February 6th, 2013 10:05 am

    Being reported that Bower chose LSU

    by JDGator

  69. February 6th, 2013 10:06 am

    we are done joe the rest of the day is for everyone else marcell harris slept in but we are done

    by jacobs

  70. February 6th, 2013 10:06 am

    Bower is going to LSU. Nice screw up there.

    by david

  71. February 6th, 2013 10:07 am

    Jacobs, I am hoping you are wrong!

    by Joe

  72. February 6th, 2013 10:07 am

    really happy for Ole Miss on Tunsil. It screws UGA. Awesome.

    by J

  73. February 6th, 2013 10:07 am

    Looks like L$U had too much allure for Bowers..good luck with a coach who calls timeouts to stop the clock after interceptions..

    by Cody

  74. February 6th, 2013 10:07 am

    So Ole Miss is the school that many African Americans have an issue with over the Rebel flag and some other “racist” traditions. They have no recent history of football succes, basically a no name coach and are coming off a 7-6 season…And are somehow able to pull 4-5 star recruits out of illinois, Indiana, and Georgia.

    All on the up & up. I think what Ole Miss boosters figured out in the wake of OSU, Miami, USC, and Auburn is the NCAA is not ineffective and even when they catch you red handed the penalties aren’t that bad so why not go out and cheat like hell.

    by RogueT

  75. February 6th, 2013 10:08 am

    ESPN reporting Bowers to LSU

    by shelby_county_gator

  76. February 6th, 2013 10:08 am

    Did we blow it with Bower for possibly leaking it before he wanted it out there?

    by Zul

  77. February 6th, 2013 10:08 am

    *facepalm* nevermind

    by jacobs

  78. February 6th, 2013 10:09 am

    per Zach: Tashawn Bower just reportedly committed to #LSU, but myself & other media outlets were told he faxed #UF his LOI at 7:27 am. This is a mess.”

    by Bill

  79. February 6th, 2013 10:10 am

    Bowers to LSU? I thought you said his LOI is “in”???

    by John

  80. February 6th, 2013 10:10 am

    DiRocco just reported that Bowers committed to LSU. Zach, how can that be if we already have his LOI as previously reported in the article above?.

    by gators0086

  81. February 6th, 2013 10:10 am

    Bower to LSU

    by Shane Plank

  82. February 6th, 2013 10:11 am

    Bowers to LSU?

    by gatorbread

  83. February 6th, 2013 10:13 am

    One of two things happened:

    Either bad information was reportered, or we lost him because a reporter wanted to scoop everyone else and released info that he was told to sit on.

    Either way, it’s a quick way to completely blow your credibility and your chance at good sources.


    by shelby_county_gator

  84. February 6th, 2013 10:13 am

    What would you say–realistically—to one of your children who had made a life defining situation but now wants to change it because the kid down the street had told people what your child was doing 2 hours before he wanted to announce it? Now remember, imagine this is your son.

    by Lou Vales

  85. February 6th, 2013 10:14 am

    @ 7:27am Bowers was in for us. What happened Zach?

    by gatorbread

  86. February 6th, 2013 10:15 am

    What is up with Bowers Zach? i thought we had his Letter?

    by J

  87. February 6th, 2013 10:15 am

    well if i’m muschamp he can go where he wants if he has changed his mind… just makes us more attractive to deshawn hand next year :D

    by jacobs

  88. February 6th, 2013 10:15 am

    I would say that the destination may not be all that important to him.

    by gatorade7

  89. February 6th, 2013 10:16 am

    Hey zach you always avoid the surprise commit question, we know your a good reporter but is there anything else for us to be excited for later on?

    by Cam

  90. February 6th, 2013 10:16 am

    If Bower changes his school based on the timing of his announcement than that is weak!

    by npgator

  91. February 6th, 2013 10:17 am

    Zack…..sorry…..but you lost a lot some cred with the Bowers LOI to the Gators post. You need to get some better “sources.”

    by Tampa Gator

  92. February 6th, 2013 10:18 am

    Great class of new Gators up there. Can’t wait to see who turns out. Too Bad about Clark and Bower. At least Bostwick announced came through. Here’s hoping he is a special player!

    by Gary Printy

  93. February 6th, 2013 10:19 am

    god the surprise was bostwick had he hinted at that enough and half the thread is about to start blaming zach for losing bower, just like walker… gees…. and we don’t want bower if this changed his mind

    by jacobs

  94. February 6th, 2013 10:20 am

    Have you noticed that nobody is responding to question referencing how a received Letter of Intent can be circumvented by a subsequent action. I “think” the only answer is somebody made up a signed LOI being received. Now that would be a screw up. Agreed?

    by Lou Vales

  95. February 6th, 2013 10:21 am

    yeah its pretty weak if in fact thats why bowers “changed” to lsu…
    ill stand by zach- if yall dont then go somewhere else

    by kyle

  96. February 6th, 2013 10:21 am

    I can’t believe we would announce before kid has his moment in the lime light, and then get it wrong. lol How this happen with Bower, Zach?

    by johan dragovic

  97. February 6th, 2013 10:21 am

    O.K. guys, let’s just wait and see about the Bower thing. Zach is by far the best recruiting reporter we have. Remember we are dealing with teenagers here and this is not an exact science. Let’s all take a pill here before we crucify Zach. Geesh…

    by Sean

  98. February 6th, 2013 10:23 am

    The only people who can FACTUALLY tell you that a signed LOI has been received is a member of the Athletic Department who is looking at the signed LOI. Now why would an official employee of an AD fabricate info about a signed LOI?

    by Lou Vales

  99. February 6th, 2013 10:23 am

    Lay off Zach…his job is hard enough keeping up with a bunch of 17 and 18 yr old kids and their constant changing of stories of which school they will end up at. So what if Bowers chose LSU? Then as someone else stated – “the destination wasn’t that important”. To make a life changing decision over a heated moment is not who I would want playing for this team. A commitment is a commitment and if he chose to change his mind over something so little – then that’s on him. When his “moment” passes – the regret will settle in and this kid will have to live with it. Or maybe athis is where he really wanted to go all along, and this situation made it easy for him to flip – either way – if you don’t want to be a Gator – then get out of the way for someone who does.

    by Sheila

  100. February 6th, 2013 10:23 am

    Jaynard Bostwick is official. Thats the most key guy that we needed on signing day. James Clark would have been nice but he is a small fast wide receiver which there are an abundance of in florida. We already have a couple in this class.

    by Gatorkeith

  101. February 6th, 2013 10:24 am

    Zach is the only reason we know anything about our recruits this year. For a free site it does not get any better then Zach, when he gets info he passes it on to us, for that I appreciate his resources and most of the time he is spot on. It is NSD and weird things happen.

    by Joe

  102. February 6th, 2013 10:24 am

    Zach got CATFISHED LOL Oh well, we have a excellent class already!

    by Ezhardmoney

  103. February 6th, 2013 10:25 am

    C’mon folks, give it a rest. The story will pan out in due course. Zach is great at what he does, so please let him do it.

    by Rob

  104. February 6th, 2013 10:25 am

    Zach is not signing guys. Chill out people. lets hear what he finds out.

    by J

  105. February 6th, 2013 10:25 am


    by HaircutFan4Life

  106. February 6th, 2013 10:27 am

    He either faxed it to UF or he didn’t. He can change his mind all he wants, but he can’t sign 2 LOI’s. He would have to get released from UF first.

    by Chris

  107. February 6th, 2013 10:27 am

    Just don’t say the LOI is “IN” if it’s not “IN”. Mistakes happen. Just own up to them!

    by John

  108. February 6th, 2013 10:27 am

    Ya’ll seem to have forgotten we went through this nonsense with Jacoby Brissett a couple of years back.

    Someone faxes a LOI…maybe it’s not really him…the signature was forged..etc…

    Let’s wait and see how it plays out….

    by GoaskBK

  109. February 6th, 2013 10:28 am

    Yes agree with Joe. Zach is the best free source out there. Stop bashing him.

    by Gatorkeith

  110. February 6th, 2013 10:28 am

    What’s the status of Trenton Brown? Thanks

    by Bob

  111. February 6th, 2013 10:28 am

    Agreed on the great job Zach does, but saying there is a LOI sent and not really knowing, thats a big whifffff….

    by Gerry

  112. February 6th, 2013 10:29 am

    I’m not blaming ANYONE for a kid changing his mind as a result of a premature leak. What I will blame somebody for is reporting something as having occured that never did. Now, if you were paranoid you could question whether anybody on this list has mailed in a signed LOI until the Head Coach confirms everything.

    by Lou Vales

  113. February 6th, 2013 10:29 am

    Zach can only report what he is told. He was not the only outlet to report the LOI was in. Some of you people need to get a grip!

    by MJMGator

  114. February 6th, 2013 10:29 am

    Great job, Zach. Don’t let a few over-zealous fans get to you. I really appreciated your updates leading up to today, and the reporting and follow-up today. Your the Gators 5-star recruiting expert.

    by Greeneville Gator

  115. February 6th, 2013 10:30 am

    zach isn’t at the fax machine morons he has to trust other peoples’ word and if they lied or were wrong then it isn’t on zach… not understanding why you guys always jumping on his case??

    by jacobs

  116. February 6th, 2013 10:30 am

    I can tell you that this is not the only site that had bower’s LOI status as IN. So I think it is bigger than just a early leak

    by Casey S.

  117. February 6th, 2013 10:31 am

    “One of two things happened:
    Either bad information was reportered, or we lost him because a reporter wanted to scoop everyone else and released info that he was told to sit on.
    Either way, it’s a quick way to completely blow your credibility and your chance at good sources.

    He blew his crediblity because he may have been misled? I would rather Zach relay info as he gets it rather than sit on information because he’s worried about his “credibility”, assuming he feels the source is reliable.

    LOL. The comments this morning are ridiculous.

    by Paul

  118. February 6th, 2013 10:31 am

    Trenton Brown is already enrolled

    by Gatorkeith

  119. February 6th, 2013 10:32 am

    Now being reported that Bower is “still deciding” CRAZY!

    by JDGator

  120. February 6th, 2013 10:33 am

    We can’t blame Zach. Blame our impatient culture. The same thing is done in reporting elections. He is doing his job which requires using sources, rumors and other media outlets. It appears this Bowers kid is in need of of a lot of attention.

    by Bill

  121. February 6th, 2013 10:33 am

    I would think the Gainesville Sun in subsequent days would like an answer as to why an employee of the Florida AD misrepresented information to a reputable news organization that relys upon them for factual info. Now if info was received from someone NOT with access to incoming LOI’s, that would be a problem. Who is telling us all these other LOI’s are in??

    by Lou Vales

  122. February 6th, 2013 10:33 am

    Almost want Kamara to go to UGA to hurt Bama and keep us 1.

    by J

  123. February 6th, 2013 10:34 am

    Why would Zach post receiving LOI prior to the kids announcement. Bush League reporting if you ask me.

    by johan dragovic

  124. February 6th, 2013 10:34 am

    Now why is report saying Bower hasnt decided yet? This is crazy

    by FLAboy

  125. February 6th, 2013 10:36 am

    @J #1 today doesn’t mean anything. I hope Georgia misses on everyone.

    by Wes

  126. February 6th, 2013 10:37 am

    Johan? more like JOKEhan. lay off my homie

    by HaircutFan4Life

  127. February 6th, 2013 10:37 am

    are you a Gator Fan Johan? if so take a step back. I don’t see you covering a dang thing. Zach is a great reporter and the best we have going for us right now.

    by J

  128. February 6th, 2013 10:38 am

    No one asked you Johan. And multiple media outlets reported Bowers as in. Wow.

    by Paul

  129. February 6th, 2013 10:38 am


    I’m pretty sure Zach is only reporting what he’s being told. It’s possible someone from the Florida AD may have confused Bowers with someone else (I’m sure the folks in the AD are jumping through hoops right now).

    Please…cut Zach some slack!

    by Brett

  130. February 6th, 2013 10:40 am

    If we finished in the top 5 we would still have the horses to win on the field, but they still have to be coached up from there. That doesn’t seem to be a problem, if we can keep the coaches.

    by Bill

  131. February 6th, 2013 10:40 am

    Johan your a bitch

    by Cam

  132. February 6th, 2013 10:40 am

    By the way, I believe STRONLY that it is illegal to forge a name on a legal document and send that document over state lines. Someone should be in deep trouble and it would be traceable to find the area from where fax was sent. If you don’t have safeguards, you could have someone faxing in a LOI to ten teams and then deciding at end of day which one he honors. Don’t think it works that way. Do you>

    by Lou Vales

  133. February 6th, 2013 10:41 am

    I just ran a count of recruits offered both by Florida and by Urban Liar and of the 13, we got 7 (average 4.28 stars) and Urbie got 6 (average 4.16 stars)… Looks like the majority of these kids are scared of esophageal spasms or being lied to! HA!

    by Jim

  134. February 6th, 2013 10:41 am

    Why wouldn’t Zach and other reporters not be held accountable for not verifying sources? If you make a reporting mistake, you are at fault. Not saying Zach cost Florida a potential recruit.

    by Gatoraudi

  135. February 6th, 2013 10:42 am

    Have a feeling that this Bowers thing isn’t going to get figured out until late in the afternoon. Keep grinding, Zach!

    by Gatorchuckie

  136. February 6th, 2013 10:42 am

    Beyond STOKED with our new class of signees… not even remotely giving a damn about this Bowers kid. Pulling a stunt like this? Allowing his little dramatic moment in the sun to overshadow all these other DEDICATED players? I’m extremely proud of the caliber of talent & the integrity of men we scored this year. And all the early HIGH POWER enrollees?
    AWESOMNESS defined.

    FANTASTIC job reporting Zach. Thanks for all the info!

    by HeatherB

  137. February 6th, 2013 10:42 am

    This is Jonathan Colon, Part II!!!!

    by John

  138. February 6th, 2013 10:42 am

    What about demarcus robinson?

    by I Love Grog

  139. February 6th, 2013 10:42 am

    “I would rather Zach relay info as he gets it rather than sit on information because he’s worried about his “credibility”, assuming he feels the source is reliable.”

    The public may rather he relay the info (whether it’s good or bad), but a reporter’s credibility is literally all he/she has. Just ask Karen Jeffrey or Jayson Blair about their credibility.

    by shelby_county_gator

  140. February 6th, 2013 10:43 am

    Zach you’ve worked your butt off! Great job feeding the Gator Nation!

    by Bill

  141. February 6th, 2013 10:43 am

    Jeremy Crabtree
    @gatorman: We know from sources he committed to Florida this morning, but didn’t sign the LOI and now LSU is saying his paperwork is in.

    by John

  142. February 6th, 2013 10:43 am

    @ Lou Vales

    Remember Jonathon Colon?

    by Paul

  143. February 6th, 2013 10:44 am

    Evidently many of you, in the course of your daily work, have never been given incorrect information that you then passed on to your boss or to your subordinates. It happens all the time becasue you trust the person that supplied the information that you have been provided. Responsible journalism requires two independent sources. However this is a blog and not a column so Zach is under no obligation to verify with another source. He was given information by someone he trusts and passed it on. Simple as that. 99.99% of what Zach has reported overthat last 9 months has been spot on. Thank You Zach and keep up the hardwork.

    by gators0086

  144. February 6th, 2013 10:44 am

    Harris is in

    by Briaun

  145. February 6th, 2013 10:44 am

    Get a grip people!!!!

    by Jeff S.

  146. February 6th, 2013 10:44 am

    If the LOI for Bowers IS in at U of F…..my apologies to Zack and his “sources.” I hope Zack was and is “dead on” with his reporting on Bowers.

    by Tampa Gator

  147. February 6th, 2013 10:46 am

    it is the same sources gatoraudi!!! you report the truth as you know it isn’t like he took his third cousins intuition and then said the fax is in… plus i’m sure there will be a full blog post about the whole thing later… all we are saying is wait

    by jacobs

  148. February 6th, 2013 10:47 am

    Paul, wasn’t questioning whether received or not, was wondering why post before kid made his announcement. Other sites didn’t reveal this information out of respect for the athlete.

    by johan dragovic

  149. February 6th, 2013 10:48 am

    DeMarcus Robinson broke his femur, and apparently robbed a bowling alley last week. Sad story.

    by HaircutFan4Life

  150. February 6th, 2013 10:48 am

    Has VHIII signed his LOI yet?

    by GatorInBama

  151. February 6th, 2013 10:49 am

    There was some good dialogue on here earlier – the fact that you idiots are obsessed with the misreporting of information that was relayed to several news outlets and blaming Zach is ridiculous. Not his fault. Move on.

    by DPTampa

  152. February 6th, 2013 10:49 am

    no one waits on these kids decisions unless they are asked to wait for it

    by jacobs

  153. February 6th, 2013 10:49 am

    johan dragovic= troll

    by Bill

  154. February 6th, 2013 10:50 am

    Any source on that Demarcus Robinson story? Nowhere on google…

    by Cody

  155. February 6th, 2013 10:50 am

    Thanks, Zach, for all the great work you do! Your recruiting coverage is tremendous! Don’t listen to the handful of ignorant posters here. Keep up the great work!

    by Drew

  156. February 6th, 2013 10:50 am

    I knew the posters this morning wouldn’t let me down in regards to entertainment value. Thanks all!!!!! Oh, and Zach does great work. When most of you get jobs, hopefully you’ll do half as well as him.

    by Gator81FL

  157. February 6th, 2013 10:50 am

    I told everyone about the Ole Miss plan on recruiting. Many people thought I was crazy. When will the investigation start. $$$ talks.

    by james

  158. February 6th, 2013 10:51 am

    Heather B, This goes beyond a stunt IF a guy believes he can send in a signed LOI to play a “trick” on someone later in the day. The ONLY issue I have–and it’s NOT a reporter “causing” someone to change his mind—-is who (and it would have to be someone a reporter would trust) would have access to incoming faxed LOI’s and then misrepresent to an accredited reporter what happened.

    by Lou Vales

  159. February 6th, 2013 10:52 am

    Jacobs, I am not concerned about Bowers, but the fact that this is a blog on a newspaper website, written by a staff reporter. The staff reporter should be held to the same standards of all reporting. If this site was just some random blog, it would be a different story. Instead of babying the reporter, hold him accountable like a grown professional.

    by Gatoraudi

  160. February 6th, 2013 10:52 am

    If Bower is still deciding and this site keeps bashing him, I don’t like our chances of swaying him to the righteous side.

    by Rob

  161. February 6th, 2013 10:53 am

    Who cares if a mistake was made online its not a like stuff doesnt happen.
    Now I cant wait to see AJC in meltdown mode.

    by Fanan

  162. February 6th, 2013 10:53 am

    Remember when…Channing Crowder was a 3 star recruit? David Nelson, Louis Murphy, Brandon James, Chas Henry, Phil Trautwein, and Eric Wilbur were all 3-Star recruits? And how did they turn out? Higher star power is wonderful, but there will also be some hidden diamonds in the mix as well. Looks like an extraodinary class of 2013 to me! All appreciated work, Zach! Thanks for the updates and coverage. (Not to mention, Johnny Manziel was a 3-star recruit at A&M)

    by Jeff Wahlen

  163. February 6th, 2013 10:53 am

    when does the investigation of ole miss start prolly when lane gets fired from usc the it is open season on the ogre and the kiffins

    by jacobs

  164. February 6th, 2013 10:53 am

    I would rather see Ramsey stay with USC over FSU if he doesn’t come to us. Haircutfan4life aint wright.

    by J

  165. February 6th, 2013 10:54 am

    Demarcus Robinson = Early Enrollee… LOI in

    by JDGator

  166. February 6th, 2013 10:56 am

    What’s up with Jarran Reed? Are we still waitng for his announcement?

    by Jeff S.

  167. February 6th, 2013 10:56 am


    I don’t think the reports that LOIs are in are always necessarily from the Florida AD. Isn’t it possible that someone that works at Bower’s high school told reporters that he/she faxed a LOI for Bowers to Florida? Just throwing it out there.

    by Paul

  168. February 6th, 2013 10:56 am

    gatoraudi if you would tell me how he is not being accountable that would make sense…. if this wasn’t a ‘live’ blog that would make sense… and if this wasn’t also reported by other media outlets that would make sense… but it just doesn’t

    by jacobs

  169. February 6th, 2013 10:57 am

    Why are you showing Tashawn Bower as in for UF when he signed with LSU?

    by D

  170. February 6th, 2013 10:57 am

    PLEASE understand that I’m not blaming Zach. I’m blaming the person who had access to arriving signed LOI’s and then lied to Zach. As we all know on Signing Day there is a HUGE difference between saying someone has commited AND that someone’s signed LOI has been received. Someone lied. True??

    by Lou Vales

  171. February 6th, 2013 10:58 am

    Ramsey is win-win for us (other than of course the big win of him flipping to UF, which now seems highly unlikely)..if he sticks with USC, then at least he’s not on FSU, but if he switches to FSU, at least we get to see baby Kiffin lose out on another one…obviously the responsible thing to do is for us to cheer for him to stick w/ the Trojans and stay out of Florida (again, if he’s not going to UF), but something in me is so happy whenever Kiffin loses..

    by Cody

  172. February 6th, 2013 10:58 am

    NCAA has no more cred to look in to OleMiss. I think Miami having a heavy hitter on the board compromised the board in order to save the school. Miami is going to walk away with murder first in breaking the rules. Then in killing the board who could convict them. Brilliant. Why else would it take three years to come to nothing.

    by J

  173. February 6th, 2013 10:59 am

    To quote Secretary of State Clinton, “what difference, at this point, does it make?”

    by Jeff

  174. February 6th, 2013 10:59 am

    I doubt Zach’s “source” is frm the HS. For sure it’s with the UAA. Dude just got it wrong, that’s all…

    by John

  175. February 6th, 2013 10:59 am


    I don’t agree with that at all. College football recruiting isn’t/shouldn’t be held to the same standards as news reporting. If that were the case, let’s just not even talk about recruiting at all during the year until Coach Muschamp himself verifies that the LOIs are in. That’s the only real way to be sure right?

    by Paul

  176. February 6th, 2013 11:01 am

    I agree with HeatherB.

    by catlover

  177. February 6th, 2013 11:01 am

    I can understand 1 or 2 with Ole Miss due to connections but this is borderline old style SWC stuff. SMU comes to mind and I am one for where there is smoke there is fire… Speaking of which, Chris Kiffin (Brother of Lane) just so happens to be on the Coaching Staff there in Oxford. Good luck Ole Miss, pretty sure if it is to good to be true than it just might be. Hugh Freeze might be a half decent Coach but damn, it is not like he is a HUGE name that would attract this type of talent.

    by Paul

  178. February 6th, 2013 11:02 am


    I don’t know about this situation in particular, but following NSD for almost a decade now, I have definitely seen misinformation happen because of the staff at a recruit’s HS.

    by Paul

  179. February 6th, 2013 11:02 am

    agreed paul this is the realm of rumor and speculation if you dont like it get the paper in the morning

    by jacobs

  180. February 6th, 2013 11:02 am

    This Bower thing is actaully good. What else would we be talking about……

    by John

  181. February 6th, 2013 11:03 am

    I hope Ole Miss has enough money left to pay their bills..what a haul.

    by GatorInBama

  182. February 6th, 2013 11:03 am

    Demarcus Robinson story is absolutely false. Zach I am not blaming you. I just wish we would do or research before putting out info at this stage concerning recruiting. Today is NSD. Why report that someone has signed when we are not sure? If this kid wanted to wait for his ceremony before announcing I hope he made that clear to whomever he leaked his commitment info to. Otherwise this kid just needs to grow up already.

    by gatorbread

  183. February 6th, 2013 11:04 am

    Gatoraudi, ignoring the fact that the Bowers LOI was reported by a number of other sources…don’t let the facts stop you from bashing Zach though.

    by Sean

  184. February 6th, 2013 11:04 am

    “Jacobs, I am not concerned about Bowers, but the fact that this is a blog on a newspaper website, written by a staff reporter. The staff reporter should be held to the same standards of all reporting. If this site was just some random blog, it would be a different story. Instead of babying the reporter, hold him accountable like a grown professional.”

    I agree with you 100%. But this is the state of journalism we live in. People want information now, and don’t necessarily care about its accuracy. If the Sun reported in print that a kid committed and he went elsewhere, they would be printing a retraction.

    by shelby_county_gator

  185. February 6th, 2013 11:07 am

    then get the paper tomorrow :)

    by jacobs

  186. February 6th, 2013 11:07 am

    Paul, Were you ever under the impression that reports of signed LOI’s were not coming from an accredited UF employee with access to incoming LOI’s? I never did. And would you ever rely upon some person at kid’s high school telling you definitively LOI was sent. I wouldn’t and from your reasoned response, I don’t think you would have either. I—probably foolishly—thought these announcements were based upon someone reading them and then reporting them. Perfectly permissible for a Florida employee to release info after letter is in.

    by Lou Vales

  187. February 6th, 2013 11:08 am

    Anybody think that maybe he did send his LOI, asked it to be kept quiet so that he could have his moment. Once it was released, he put out misinformation so that he could still have his moment? I don’t have any idea if this really happened, but it is a possibility.

    by Matt

  188. February 6th, 2013 11:09 am

    TO ALL THE NO LIFE IDIOTS: S H U T U P ! ! ! Since when did your happiness become dependent on a 17 yr old”s decision? When did Bowers become Reggie White?

    by rootman

  189. February 6th, 2013 11:12 am

    Personally not very impressed with Bowers film. He MIGHT become a good player but not very sure of it based on the film I saw of him. Not going to lose sleep over the loss of Bowers. Save a scholarship for a much better player next year.

    by Gatorkeith

  190. February 6th, 2013 11:14 am

    This is great….Way to go Gator Staff!!!!
    This is a great class!!!!!!

    by bob

  191. February 6th, 2013 11:15 am

    @ Lou

    I agree with you; but in the attempt to be the first to report, I think sources other than the Florida AD are being used to report LOIs. Also, I would imagine the Florida staff is pretty slammed on NSD; reporting received LOIs to media outlets probably isn’t on their to-do list. This is just my understanding though. I would be interested to hear from Zach where he gets his LOI info from, if he is at liberty to disclose that.

    by Paul

  192. February 6th, 2013 11:16 am

    Bower’s local news is reporting he has indeed signed with LSU after going back and forth all night and this morning between UF and LSU.


    by craig

  193. February 6th, 2013 11:16 am

    apparently someone sent out to different media outlets that he sent his LOI in, but he just committed. got upset when it got leaked. Still not over. I blame the guy who sent out his LOI was in, not zach and other reporters

    by Casey S.

  194. February 6th, 2013 11:16 am

    Ramsey to FSU. PT must’ve been the big ticket I guess.

    by Paul

  195. February 6th, 2013 11:17 am

    rootman, You are on a recruiting blog at 11:12 A.M. commenting on the posts of “idiots.” As far as “No Life Idiots”, I’m a Florida Grad who got to retire early because of my great education and am now innocently spending a leisurely morning reading these comments. You have a great life, buddy. What year did you graduate? I was 1969>

    by Lou Vales

  196. February 6th, 2013 11:18 am

    Tashawn Bower definitely picked LSU pbs.twimg.com/media/BCbsMvJCAAAOP1t.jpg

    by Patrick

  197. February 6th, 2013 11:18 am

    I’ll meet all the haters is the mandarin hooters parking lot.

    by Zach Alboverdi

  198. February 6th, 2013 11:19 am

    Think some one from LSU leaked the LOI to UF first thing this am to get him back to LSU?

    by tricky

  199. February 6th, 2013 11:20 am

    Man! Whats with ESPNs obsession with FSUcks, tired of seeing Dumbo Flounder on TV……SHEESHH!!!!

    by Gerry

  200. February 6th, 2013 11:20 am

    time to move on….

    by John

  201. February 6th, 2013 11:23 am

    According to ESPN, we have received 26 of the 27 commits’ LOI. Only waiting on Bostwick. Do you know why he has not sent it yet, Zach? Also, who is the surprise recruit?

    by Mike

  202. February 6th, 2013 11:23 am

    is it me or did alexander talk about getting money for his family then commit to clemson??

    by jacobs

  203. February 6th, 2013 11:23 am

    Bed time. we are all good anything else muschamp will tell us. Thanks Zach

    by J

  204. February 6th, 2013 11:23 am

    I read somewhere that an FSU coach is a friend of Ramsey’s father. I would suspect this is the reason for the FSU LOI.

    by catlover

  205. February 6th, 2013 11:24 am

    @Gerry, for real… I mean first it was the whole year with that dumba$$ Gameday commercial but thinking it is Corso’s FSU ties or something. Almost over the top biased towards them and just really wanting to see them back on top again for whatever reason.

    by Paul

  206. February 6th, 2013 11:24 am

    there is a picture of him signing it on zach’s twitter

    by jacobs

  207. February 6th, 2013 11:24 am

    Has Bostwixk’s LOI actually come in?

    by ocalaman

  208. February 6th, 2013 11:26 am

    Paul, Check out Zach’s comment at 10:46 relating to Harris. I’ll paraphrase but real closely–”UF announced that Harris’LOI was received.” See, this is why I believed ALL the info concerning LOI was coming from the AD. Appreciate your intelligent responses. I’m trying not to be one of those alleged “idiots” who just wants an explanation as to why something like this could happen. I like Zach and I really don’t have much respect for any Phi Beta Kappa who would change his mind on such an important decision because he was robbed a chance to switch hats in a high school cafeteria.

    by Lou Vales

  209. February 6th, 2013 11:27 am

    @Mike – the surprise recruit was Bostwick according to Zach’s tweet this morning. The unplanned 2nd surprise was Bower IMO

    by Sheila

  210. February 6th, 2013 11:27 am

    Reggie White is dead.

    by Gatoraudi

  211. February 6th, 2013 11:28 am

    According to Rivals, all LOI’s are in, including Bostwick’s.


    by craig

  212. February 6th, 2013 11:28 am

    lou vales,”buddy”,it’s funny you should take personal offense,as i didn’t mention any names

    by rootman

  213. February 6th, 2013 11:29 am

    Zach, good morning. Any update on when Reed will now announce?

    by ergator

  214. February 6th, 2013 11:29 am

    ZACH, REMEMBER A COUPLE DAYS AGO WHEN EVERYONE WAS TELLING YOU HOW GREAT A JOB YOU WERE DOING AND THAT ARTICLE WAS THE GREATEST THING THEY HAS EVER READ? Now look at those ONEWAY cheerrleaders, they are all sucking your blood from the scratch that came from someone else. Don’t take them personal, I know you know this fan base by now. MOST of them are the WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY kind of followers. GREAT, GREAT WORK! GO GATORS!!!!


  215. February 6th, 2013 11:30 am

    FSU freind just shared with me that they received J Ramseys LOI.

    by john

  216. February 6th, 2013 11:31 am

    Bower going to LSU is not a loss for UF. After that mess, it may work out for both parties. We need players who want to be Gators and not commit then run away.

    by GatorKen

  217. February 6th, 2013 11:33 am

    In all due respect, I don’t think Bower is that big of a loss. I mean, I know we want’em all, but that just doesn’t happen, and we are LOADED at DE. Powell, Fowler, Bullard, plus some great signees coming in. I love our class!! I would rather celebrate the ones we landed than lament that ones that got away. GO GATORS!!!

    by Mike Jones

  218. February 6th, 2013 11:33 am

    I just reread the top of the story and the info related to Bostwick does not mention an LOI, but rather the dreaded “C” word.

    by Lou Vales

  219. February 6th, 2013 11:34 am

    Zach has erased all references above to Bower’s LOI being “In”. Thus, it never happened….

    by John

  220. February 6th, 2013 11:35 am

    yeah think of all the playing time that will be available for deshawn hand and he can have the same coach as his idol (clowney)

    by jacobs

  221. February 6th, 2013 11:35 am

    Back to back GREAT classes!!! Everything else is just gravy! Champ is biulding a solid, solid Program for years to come. Love the stability that we will have in players and our HBC for years to come. Thanks Coach!

    by Paul

  222. February 6th, 2013 11:36 am

    Dear Rootman, I was sticking up for all my Blog Buddies. I would defend you if someone called you an idiot.

    by Lou Vales

  223. February 6th, 2013 11:36 am

    Looks like Muschamp is improving. 1 out of 5 on NSD. 2 out 13 in two years. Doing it like Texas used to and done by Dec. Congratz to all Gator Fans and the coaches.

    by J

  224. February 6th, 2013 11:36 am

    Zach, you’re doing a great job. Anybody who says otherwise is an idiot.

    by Gurvis

  225. February 6th, 2013 11:40 am

    This IS A GREAT CLASS!!!! VERY happy with what Coach M has accomplishd. I honestly never heard of Bower before this morning. (admittedly not a super into following recruiting) I think we’ll still be No. 1 by the end of the day.

    by John

  226. February 6th, 2013 11:41 am

    Bower faxed his LOI to LSU so obviously it’s not in for the Gators. Somebody at Florida screwed up. I reported the Bower news this morning the same way I did the rest of the recruits (as did every single UF website). Don’t shoot the messengers.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  227. February 6th, 2013 11:42 am

    In the final analysis, we got a great class and have great coaches to coach them up and we have the best recruiting reporter there is! A lot of the other stuff is just noise.

    by jjGator68

  228. February 6th, 2013 11:45 am

    zach no one uses messanger anymore

    by jacobs

  229. February 6th, 2013 11:46 am

    So what you’re saying is that when you say “so and so” is “in”, that didn’t mean that their LOI was received by the UF AD?

    by John

  230. February 6th, 2013 11:46 am

    Can’t wait to see A. Lane in action. His size, stature, strength, speed and toughness is going to surprise a lot of people. He is one people will not enjoy tackling! See ya this spring! Go Gators

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  231. February 6th, 2013 11:47 am

    February 6th, 2013 11:18 am by Zach Alboverdi

    “I’ll meet all the haters is the mandarin hooters parking lot.”

    ROTFLMAO!! That is hilarious!

    Great job Coach Muschamp and UF staff!

    Great job on the recruiting info Zach; thanx.

    by Jand3k

  232. February 6th, 2013 11:48 am

    zach, do you have to pay for your own drinks as in ever? and enjoy your vacation you deserve it ./ <that's a high five waiting on ya….

    by jacobs

  233. February 6th, 2013 11:48 am

    People, give it a friggin break already. Zach isn’t charging you a friggin penny for what he’s doing yet you still b!tch about someone else giving him bad info. It’s college football not the death of humanity. His mistake will in no way affect your fiancial income or the health of you family.Find something a little more important to cry about and give it a rest. IT”S A GAME

    by Tony

  234. February 6th, 2013 11:49 am

    lou vales,i addressed my comments to all the idiots,not all the bloggers,i guess i just assumed they would know who they were.glad to know you would have my back tho :)

    by rootman

  235. February 6th, 2013 11:50 am

    dude i gotta see this… can i get a ride to hooters??? only a few hours out of the way???

    by jacobs

  236. February 6th, 2013 11:51 am

    ESPN doesn’t have Bower going to LSU. Where is the kid really going? Site a source please…

    by Jay

  237. February 6th, 2013 11:52 am

    God I love the Gators amost as much as cock!

    by RedBaron

  238. February 6th, 2013 11:53 am

    Nevermind they just said it… damn

    by Jay

  239. February 6th, 2013 11:53 am

    Good job on the reporting! Get over yourselves folks! It is what it F is. And what it is, is a GREAT 2013 class.

    by Foff John

  240. February 6th, 2013 11:54 am

    if bowers really went back and forth- why not wait a few more days…

    by kyle

  241. February 6th, 2013 11:54 am

    Zach, what’s up with Bostwick’s LOI?

    by LJ

  242. February 6th, 2013 11:55 am

    Good lord, I’m gone less than two years and the place has already devolved into a dumpster fire.

    by Ed Aschoff

  243. February 6th, 2013 11:55 am

    Bower sent his letter to LSU. Weak. Our class is still very strong, be proud Gators.

    by Gator9

  244. February 6th, 2013 11:56 am

    The uncle of my cleaning lady’s brother’s neighbor’s proctologist said that Jaran Reed will announce at noon. Pass this along.

    by Gatoraudi

  245. February 6th, 2013 11:57 am

    Bower just went to LSU. what a shame:(

    by mike tye

  246. February 6th, 2013 11:57 am

    John, Zach was right on like 26 of 27. Give it a rest. Someone screwed up on Bower…I’m sure we’ll get the whole story in a day or two.
    Let’s celebrate the awesome class we do have and not obsess on someone who was frankly a plan B option all along. After all, if E. Daniel would have qualified academically he’d be a Gator and we’d barely know Bower’s name. We have a class that is filled with studs. Forget about Bower.

    by Sean

  247. February 6th, 2013 11:57 am

    Zach, Thank you!! I would never have had a problem if a guy had switched because of his desire to have 10 seconds of fame fooling around with hats in a cafeteria in Bamboozle, Mississippi. You have now verified that it was someone in Florida AD. I think you were gracious in saying person was wrong. Unless the person could not read, this went beyond being “wrong” and appears to be a misrepresentation to a certified media member. Why would someone report to you that he/she had read a signed LOI with someone’s name on it??

    by Lou Vales

  248. February 6th, 2013 11:57 am

    Yall are stupid talking about Zach like this. If he were to leave and start his own pay site for recruiting or go someone like ESPN, 247sports, rivals, or scout you would have to pay for the info that he gives, which is great info. If you dont like what happened with Bower then go kick rocks barefoot.

    by KingofFLA

  249. February 6th, 2013 11:58 am

    Also, bashing a reporter for the Gainesville Sun doesn’t make one any less of a Gator.

    by Gatoraudi

  250. February 6th, 2013 12:02 pm

    Bunch of losers. We need help badly. That damn bowl game against Louisville really ruined our whole season. UF has a long way to go to get back. Driskoll is too stupid to do the job. We need a new QB bad.

    by RedBaron

  251. February 6th, 2013 12:02 pm

    yeah go step on a lego zach bashers

    by jacobs

  252. February 6th, 2013 12:03 pm

    no audi it just makes you a tool

    by jacobs

  253. February 6th, 2013 12:04 pm

    Gatoraudi, maybe not but it makes you a **** if the reporter is undeserving of said “bashing.”

    by Sean

  254. February 6th, 2013 12:06 pm

    Hate to again ask this,however, silence is deafening—-Is Bowtwick’s LOI VERIFIED?

    by Lou Vales

  255. February 6th, 2013 12:06 pm

    What kind of tool? I like socket wrenches and hammer drills. Since most people work with tools, maybe you can be one too!

    by Gatoraudi

  256. February 6th, 2013 12:06 pm

    Well said Jacobs…

    by Sean

  257. February 6th, 2013 12:07 pm

    I like how Zach does all this recruiting work and then starting 2 days before NSD, Robbie Andreu adds in his 2 cents.

    by Matt

  258. February 6th, 2013 12:07 pm

    Gatoraudi, The kind of tool who mentions what kind of car he drives in his username. That kind of tool.

    by Sean

  259. February 6th, 2013 12:08 pm

    audi you are literally too stupid to insult…. so good job on that

    by jacobs

  260. February 6th, 2013 12:10 pm

    thank you sean i was kind of saving a car jab but oh well you win this time

    by jacobs

  261. February 6th, 2013 12:12 pm

    That just seems hurtful. I was hoping to be the tool that fixed your bad attitude. I do like that we are heading in the right direction to be friends by you telling me good job. I am more excited that you decided to pluralize your name. Two of you has to be better than just one!

    by Gatoraudi

  262. February 6th, 2013 12:12 pm

    what a bunch of cry babies, he already said someone from UF made a mistake. What else do u want, the persons name so they can be further humiliated. whats done is done. if the kid really changed his decision based on the info getting out before he wanted it to, then maybe we are better off without him. geez u want to go into battle with someone who switches sides because the fight started too soon. whatever. we got all of our commits and bostwick and we are still waiting on Reed decision. even if he doesnt come our way, we have a great class and now we have I think 6 openings for EE that won’t count toward 2014 next year.

    Zach, if we miss on Reed, please verify that the number is 6 for EE that count toward 2012 (5 obvioulsy if he signs).

    Thanks and great job

    to all you bashers
    better to be thought a fool than
    to open your mouth and remove all doubt

    by GatorNation

  263. February 6th, 2013 12:14 pm

    meant count toward 2013

    by GatorNation

  264. February 6th, 2013 12:14 pm

    @sean, I wish I had an Audi. They seem like cool cars. I currently have a bus pass and my eye on a Dodge Dart. What do you drive? I bet it is something fancy like the Chrysler 300 I saw in a Super Bowl ad. They look awesome.

    by Gatoraudi

  265. February 6th, 2013 12:14 pm

    Jacobs, LOL. It was just too easy and obvious to pass up.

    by Sean

  266. February 6th, 2013 12:19 pm

    this is just getting sad

    by jacobs

  267. February 6th, 2013 12:21 pm

    would like an answer to how many schollys we still have that count toward 2013 that we can use for EEs. thanks

    by GatorNation

  268. February 6th, 2013 12:21 pm

    this is the same reason i can’t watch honey booboo

    by jacobs

  269. February 6th, 2013 12:22 pm

    I normally never comment but some of the Gator fans on here bashing Zach for someone else’s mistake is absolutely insane, especially when so many other sites were reporting the same thing. This is why so many great people affiliated with the Florida football program seem so tired of Florida and all this noise and attitude once they leave the program, and that even includes the greatest Gator of all time in Spurrier. You all need to chill. We have an incredible class that will finish ranked at or near 1 on most sites and will be competing for championships someday. As always, GREAT WORK ZACH!!!!! Go Gators!!!!

    by JD

  270. February 6th, 2013 12:23 pm

    we havw 33 openings currently so subtract how many commits from that and that is how many we can count back next year but we can take more EEs, just can’t count them back.. currently at 6 (use espn’s numbers)

    by jacobs

  271. February 6th, 2013 12:26 pm

    Zach, great job as always. We true Gator fans really appreciate your hard work! Always going to be a few jerks out there who are such losers they have to make asses of themselves just to get folks to notice them. To Johan and Gatoraudi in particular: I do believe something is missing from your life, its called “class”. Remember, we are a direct reflection of our parents!

    by ron

  272. February 6th, 2013 12:26 pm

    Anyone heard about Jarran Reed? Did he get pushed back again?

    by Cody

  273. February 6th, 2013 12:29 pm

    ESPN reported that Bostwick’s LOI was just received. How about next year we just wait until the LOI’s are in OR stating we BELIEVE that So and So’s LOI will come to Florida but as of yet it has NOT been received. And whoever told Zack that Bower’s LOI was in did NOT make a mistake. The only way it could have been a mistake is if someone in the Florida AD who was monitoring fax for incoming LOI’s can’t read. People who work for Florida can read. Therefore the relay of the info provided Zack transcended a mistake and becomes something else. Surely nobody can view this comment as criticism of Zack.

    by Lou Vales

  274. February 6th, 2013 12:29 pm

    looking like 23 is the number next year as of now.. few could leave early (purifoy, roberson) plus maybe some guys leave after spring or next year, hopefully that slows down with champ getting his guys in and urb’s guys out

    by jacobs

  275. February 6th, 2013 12:30 pm

    So did Bower send in two letters of intent or did he send only one to LSU (and the morning reports were incorrect)?

    by tebown

  276. February 6th, 2013 12:30 pm

    LOL! How did I know that gator audi was gonna come back with, “what kind of car do you drive?” Goes to further illustrate the point previously made and probably agreed upon by everyone else on here: YOU… ARE… A…TOOL…Have a nice day.

    by Sean

  277. February 6th, 2013 12:32 pm

    ron.. maybe they had awful parents…. i for one hope they beat them all the time… and wore rings

    by jacobs

  278. February 6th, 2013 12:33 pm

    I assume since Reed is in central time that noon is actually 1pm EST.

    by Greeneville Gator

  279. February 6th, 2013 12:37 pm

    Ed Aschoff, if this is the real Ed Aschoff, wth kind of comment was that? It is people taking jabs at each other behind a keyboard. I don’t really agree with it and have even been sucked in myself, but the same thing hapens over on the boards at ESPN. Your head has obviously gotten way too big and skin not thick enough yet for this business. I followed your SEC work since you left, but just lost a whole bunch of respect.

    by JMD

  280. February 6th, 2013 12:39 pm

    Bower is gone – end of thread.

    Great job by the Gator coaches this year. We did not lose a single player (two years in a row) that we had committed and we picked up a big time DT. Bostwick & Reed are just frosting on the cake to what was already a great class. Congrats to filling our biggest needs with big time recuits.

    by Homer J

  281. February 6th, 2013 12:39 pm

    @sean. I thought we could be car buddies.

    by Gatoraudi

  282. February 6th, 2013 12:40 pm

    The group home

    by Gatoraudi

  283. February 6th, 2013 12:41 pm

    where I live has all kinds of cool cars down the street.

    by Gatoraudi

  284. February 6th, 2013 12:44 pm


    I’m fairly certain he was being facetious. Relax lol.

    by Paul

  285. February 6th, 2013 12:44 pm

    Reed is UF bound

    by JDGator

  286. February 6th, 2013 12:45 pm

    My friend just told me tool is an insult. Not cool guys.

    by Gatoraudi

  287. February 6th, 2013 12:48 pm

    Zach reported the same news on Bower as several other sites. Whatever happened is done. Do not blame Zach. We have a great class and Zach did everything in his power to keep Gatornation informed. Go Gators!

    by james

  288. February 6th, 2013 12:48 pm

    From Adam Silverstien on OGGOA:

    ESPNU reporting that Alex Collins’s mother confiscated his papers because she does not want him signing them and playing so far away from home in Arkansas. She then left the school with the papers.
    “Collins is from Florida and his mom wants him to go to UF.”

    by JDGator

  289. February 6th, 2013 12:50 pm

    …and what happens if someone send in 2 LOIs to 2 different schools. I recall this happening before.

    by tebown

  290. February 6th, 2013 12:51 pm

    Reed to the Gators!

    by james

  291. February 6th, 2013 12:52 pm

    Reed is a gator,it’s official.

    by Teddy gant

  292. February 6th, 2013 12:56 pm


    Yep, Jonathan Colon (Miami and UF)

    by JDGator

  293. February 6th, 2013 12:56 pm

    JD….I think the mom wants him to go to Miami….Reed is a good get…adds to much needed depth to the DL rotation to play the up tempo spread offenses.

    by Tampa Gator

  294. February 6th, 2013 12:57 pm

    alex collins has similar parenting as audi…sad story

    by jacobs

  295. February 6th, 2013 12:58 pm

    If this is 1992, it’s February 1992, right? Because it’s signing day? So wouldn’t we still be celebrating the first SEC title we won only 2 months ago?
    Hope you get to see this, there sure are a lot of posters in here.

    by lizardgrad89

  296. February 6th, 2013 12:58 pm

    Reed to UF. Just saw it on ESPN Signing Day Live. Also same site confirming that Alex Collins needs more time.

    by JayGator

  297. February 6th, 2013 1:01 pm

    Dang Zach if you only had a real crystal ball maybe some of these people would get off your back for not knowing why Bower is out,
    You do a great job and for the most part thankless job in trying to get the info out quick. Thanks again Zach for the information.

    by Swamp82

  298. February 6th, 2013 1:04 pm


    I believe you are correct about Collins’ mom wanting him in Miami. I did hear that she’d be OK with UF though. No big deal IMO, as we are stacked at RB for the foreseeable future.

    by JDGator

  299. February 6th, 2013 1:06 pm

    Zach- You said that we are at 28. With Reed, I’m counting 27. Are you including Moore in your 28?

    by Reimlaw

  300. February 6th, 2013 1:06 pm

    from the film i saw i would rather not play collins either way

    by jacobs

  301. February 6th, 2013 1:07 pm

    Just want to say thanks again, Zach, for all your hard work. Recruiting is such a grind…enjoy your well-deserved upcoming vacation!

    by Intuition

  302. February 6th, 2013 1:08 pm

    ^^this guy should useful for recruiting purposes

    by jacobs

  303. February 6th, 2013 1:12 pm

    Yes we count Moore as a JUCO prospect like ESPN does.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  304. February 6th, 2013 1:13 pm

    My take after first few years is that Boom is more of a relationship guy than a “closer”. May not be as flashy on NSD, but given a choice, that’s who I’d rather have as a coach and have my kids play for. Also much less stressful as a fan! May mean kids come for right reasons and hopefully stick.

    by Gatorbuck

  305. February 6th, 2013 1:16 pm

    Great day for the future of UF football. In the end, I think the two local guys that got away were D. Walker and L Tunsil, but we got an amazing class. Thanks to the coaches for all the long hours and hard work, and thanks to Zach for the great reporting. And of course… Go GATORS!!!

    by Wes G

  306. February 6th, 2013 1:16 pm

    Excellent job, Zack! Thanks a bunch.

    We will all wait to hear the Bowers story.Would still be interested down the road to hear the specifics of Densen and Q. Powell as well.

    I am very pleased with the class but if Champ wanted another DE and CB I wished we got Bowers and Ramsey. It makes it fun for next year.

    Do NOT drink too much tonight.

    by Me. Eko

  307. February 6th, 2013 1:19 pm

    nothing you could do about tunsil… only thing i would’ve liked is if daniels made the grades and ramsey and walker i just don’t understand those kids

    by jacobs

  308. February 6th, 2013 1:20 pm

    Thank you Zach and Gatorsports staff for making this a very enjoyable signing day! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

    by charlie Dyal

  309. February 6th, 2013 1:20 pm

    Sorry if I offended–or WORSE bored— anyone with my comments. I see all you guys/girls as passionate Florida alums and/or fans who are really involved and care. Zach has a very tough job and I believe he already knew that you are only as good as your information. He has weeded out his information exceptionally well and the person who disappointed him today will no longer be among his sources. AND nobody should hold zach responsible for his words having changed anyone’s mind. These kids don’t need reasons to change their minds. That is why they are kids. thank You All for an entertaining morning. Time to hit some golf balls. P.S. Let’s hope Yaguette is okay or we are up the proverbial tributary without the necessary means of propulsion.

    by Lou Vales

  310. February 6th, 2013 1:20 pm

    by LJ

  311. February 6th, 2013 1:25 pm

    After all is said and done UF has one heck of a class. I don’t fault Zach for Bowers being immature and information getting getting mixed up on his recruitment. Hope the kid has a successful career at LSU. Great job Zach and Go Gators!!

    by gatorbread

  312. February 6th, 2013 1:27 pm

    Zach Abolverdi ‏@ZachAbolverdi

    One of my co-workers thinks the #Gators shouldn’t pursue Alex Collins. “He isn’t an SEC back. He’s not fast if he can’t even catch his mom.”

    that is just epic

    by jacobs

  313. February 6th, 2013 1:30 pm

    February 6th, 2013 1:13 pm
    My take after first few years is that Boom is more of a relationship guy than a “closer”. May not be as flashy on NSD, but given a choice, that’s who I’d rather have as a coach and have my kids play for. Also much less stressful as a fan! May mean kids come for right reasons and hopefully stick.

    by Gatorbuck

    Bingo! Late minute closers usually offer ‘deals’ and incentives much like a snake oil salesman. I prefer to create a relationship and get the players that WANT to be Gators. Coach Boom is awesome!


    by Jand3k

  314. February 6th, 2013 1:41 pm

    Parents have a big impact on where recruits decide to sign-look at the #1 recruit and the influence of his parents-was the decision ever in question!

    by catlover

  315. February 6th, 2013 1:41 pm

    Great job Coach Muschamp and staff!! SEC championships are won in the trenches, so let’s get these boys in the weightroom, develop the talent you’ve done such a great job of recruiting, and my next big wish is hoping that Joker Phillips can develop a relationship with Andre Debose that finally brings out all of that awesome potential!! Can’t wait for the Orange and Blue game. . can’t wait for two-a-days. . .can’t wait for football season!! GOOOO GATORS!!!!!

    by Mike Jones

  316. February 6th, 2013 1:42 pm

    Great recruiting for Coach Muschamp and staff. Bostwick and Reed fill a need for the team. Ramsey and Walker good luck to you. Hope Pruitt don’t jump ship next year. Ramsey its cold up there. Tunsil wow. I feel sorry for you but you can laugh all the way to the Bank. Good luck trying to beat Bama, LSU, and Tam in the SECw. If you do the mighty Gators will be lurking. Gatorbait.

    by james

  317. February 6th, 2013 1:44 pm

    P.S. And GREAT job, Zach, for being all over this and keeping us in the loop. Very exciting stuff with some intriguing twists and turns, and you were right on it, my man. Maybe now I can get some work done. Go Gators!!

    by Mike Jones

  318. February 6th, 2013 1:49 pm

    Zach, why can’t you run a 4.3 40-yard dash? Why can’t you bench press 400lbs? C’mon, man, you’re letting us all down…

    by Doug

  319. February 6th, 2013 1:51 pm

    Will have Alex staying in the state of Florida! I think it would be great if we could land this kid. Alex has manners, is a good kid and most of all, respectful. Go Gators & I hope we can get him.

    by CollinsMom

  320. February 6th, 2013 2:01 pm

    Congratulations to Coach Muschamp and the staff for all of their hard working in securing the #1 recruiting class on the nation. As we all know, much will depend on how these guys “get with the program”, listen to the coaches, and stay fully committed to their team mates by giving it their best. I am looking forward to next season, and I think this class fits nicely with Coach Muschamp’s vision of how to build a winning program. Thanks also to Zach for working his tail off to bring us the latest information in this zany world of football recruiting.
    GO Gators!

    by John H.

  321. February 6th, 2013 2:06 pm

    Every major recruiting outlet reported the LOI to Florida from Bower. Recruiting is just as much an educated guess as it is facts. If all you want are facts then ditch the internet and stick with the morning paper. Kids are flipping left and right, changing their minds by the hour and sending out misleading twitter messages to screw with everyone. So, to all the jack asses on here that want to belly-ache about this one mistake and question Zacks credibility…….suck it!!

    by scooterp

  322. February 6th, 2013 2:07 pm

    Zach, thanks for all of the great reporting during the last year. All of us here were well informed with all of the recruits.

    You can have the rest of the day off and let’s start on 2014 recruiting tomorrow.

    by Homer J

  323. February 6th, 2013 2:20 pm

    Great work Zach, keep it up.

    by Carolina Gator

  324. February 6th, 2013 2:20 pm

    Great job Zach; looking for your final article before ESPN steals you.

    by ga gator

  325. February 6th, 2013 2:23 pm

    What’s happening with Trevon Young out of Bradenton?

    by stetsongator

  326. February 6th, 2013 2:24 pm

    scooterp you took the words right out of my mouth.
    great job and thanks Zach.

    by k t

  327. February 6th, 2013 2:26 pm

    I would still like to hear (just from a curiosity standpoint) what happened in the Bowers situation. As other have mentioned, numerous outlets reported his LOI was in so it almost sounds as if someone at UF prematurely released the info. Certainly no fault of Zach’s as multiple outlets ran with the same information.

    That said, this is one heck of a recruiting haul. It’s getting to the point that signing day is anti-climatic for us because of all the early commitments and we’re not making as much “noise” on signing day as others. We tend to get disappointed because the only ones on the board at signing day are the few that are most likely to not sign.

    by Deathroll

  328. February 6th, 2013 2:28 pm

    I think it might be time for a good IPA or two. Good day to be a Florida Gator!

    by gatordad

  329. February 6th, 2013 2:50 pm

    Will the press conference be televised? If so, what channel? Thank you. DHR

    by DHR

  330. February 6th, 2013 2:58 pm

    Reading thia makes me feel dirty. I need a shower.

    by Nkozyra

  331. February 6th, 2013 3:06 pm

    @Plantation…..well that was a bit much. I thought it was kind of funny, myself. Look half the people on thsi board have come on here at one time or another and slandered kids with a lot more nastiness than this innocent joke. Kids have been called stupid, untrustworthy thugs, but you want flog Zach…..for that??? Unbelievable………Some of you are just to damn sensative to follow recruiting. The amount of whining today is beyond ridiculous. Loosen up people.

    by scooterp

  332. February 6th, 2013 3:08 pm

    ESPN reporting all LOI’s are in!

    by catlover

  333. February 6th, 2013 3:13 pm

    Is champ on CBS or ESpn for his confrence speech?

    by J

  334. February 6th, 2013 3:16 pm

    Bell’s Expedition Stout is my celebratory beverage choice! Three times the malt of a regular stout and five times the hops. Hops is one of the best herbal muscle and systemic relaxers out there. Hops intoxication is an interesting feeling.

    by stetsongator

  335. February 6th, 2013 3:30 pm

    Perspective…The U garnered 15 bodies and finished pert near out of the top 50….

    We are on a collision course for the next Golden Era so hug yourself, huh?


    by jabineer

  336. February 6th, 2013 4:18 pm

    View All Comments (331) – This is the most amount of posts i’ve seen since I started following.

    by Carolina Gator

  337. February 6th, 2013 4:29 pm

    ESPN propelled Alabama from number 3 to number 1, based on adding a 3rd running back to the class.

    Having watched there recruiting show on ESPNU in past years, I think they plan to have volatility in the rankings to peak viewer interest.

    by tebown

  338. February 6th, 2013 4:42 pm

    “Depressed” is the most used term to describe the mood in Athens GA today. ‘Dogs got only 1 of the top 10 recruits in GA. Tunsil to UMiss was a big blow for the ‘Dogs. Plus, ‘Dogs had big distraction today with morning article in the Times-Picayune that ‘Dogs DC was going to interview for the Saint’s DC job. Glad that Quinn left weeks ago and WM got that shored up as if it never happened. A great class for WM . . . again! Great job Zach . . . U DA BEST.
    Go Gators Always!!

    by AtlantaGator

  339. February 6th, 2013 5:05 pm

    Zach, Best thing that ever happened for you was the Bower mix-up. You now have people coming out of the woodwork to proclaim your great work—I AGREE!!!!!!!—-just realize many people would not have posted if you had not been portrayed unfairly as the cause of Bower’s switch. Sometimes best thing for your rep is over the top criticism that results in groundswell of support. Enjoy the accolades–you deserve them!!!

    by Lou Vales

  340. February 6th, 2013 5:43 pm

    I have been working all day and just signed on for the first time. I noted a couple of posts here signed by “Carolina Gator”. Well, I’m not sure who that is, but since I have been posting an occasional comment to the various blogs at the Sun under that name for about 4 years now, I trust that whover has co-opted that name will post only insightful and respectful commets.

    Signed, the original “Carolina Gator”

    by Carolina Gator

  341. February 6th, 2013 5:59 pm

    Come on people! It’s like this Bowers kid was the foundation of this class, in some of your minds. Let it go! Let’s discuss important stuff, like the kids that signed with us. Best wishes to Bowers – see ya! Now, let’s move on!

    Zach, thanks for the awesome job you have done this year. I can not recall better coverage, of recruiting, on this site! Can’t wait to see where you take it next year.

    Ed – the only dumpster fire is the one going on in some of these people’s heads over Bower. You did a good job, while you were here and I appreciate the job you do at ESPN; however, Zach has taken this thing to new heights, which is what you want, when you pass the torch on to someone else. I can not recall the amount of interest in recruiting, since I have been following this site and that’s several years.

    Great job by Muschamp and staff. Gator football is on the climb and it’s being done the right way. Solid class!

    by GIGator

  342. February 6th, 2013 11:05 pm

    “Good lord, I’m gone less than two years and the place has already devolved into a dumpster fire.
    by Ed Aschoff”

    What are talking about, Ed? This has pretty much been the GSMB’s standard operating procedure since inception. LOL

    Kudos to Zach for the Mandarin Hooters comment. Didn’t realize he went back that far.

    by Divits888

  343. February 6th, 2013 11:59 pm

    Great job, Zach. I loved following your column all year. Keep up the good work.

    by GoneGator

  344. February 7th, 2013 5:52 am

    great job zach! and great class coach boom!! nailed all the needs – lineman, WR’s and DB’s. Also shows how committed these players were to coach muschamp that most of the players LOI’s were signed and faxed before lunch. to me that says coach targeted exactly who he wanted and had them committed long before NSD. I love it! Future looks bright!!

    by steve

  345. February 7th, 2013 9:02 am

    To The Original “Carolina Gator” – sorry for taking your name, I just entered it when I registered and I was suprised that it was available. Rest assured, I will not disrespect the name.

    by Carolina Gator

  346. February 7th, 2013 11:09 am

    I read your comment where you referenced other websites reporting the same thing you did. First off, let me say that I do not think this Bowers LOI thing is a big deal at all. It seems like there was some miscommunication, end of story. However, IF I did feel like you did something wrong, the fact that others did it would not be an acceptable reason for it happening. I guess what Im trying to say is, regardless of this Bowers story, other people practicing poor journalism is not an excuse for other to do so. Just a rule of thumb, not an indictment on the Bowers fiasco.

    by LT

  347. February 7th, 2013 1:36 pm

    Tampa Gator and Paul,
    the two of you are the reason I cannot stand people who act like idiots. If you are so stupid to think a kid changed his mind on where to attend school because of a premature reporting of his LOI and then bully the person who passed the information out the information forward: you are cowards, idiots, classless, and an embarrassment to the Gator Nation. Zach, reports information in a professional and very credible fashion. Blogging with trash like you is the reason more people don’t blog!

    by Instagator

  348. February 7th, 2013 3:33 pm

    -I initially said that I would not respond to this Bowers Bull S…, But since the rest of the World thinks it such a BIG deal (and I don’t) Let me say this, It is VERY, VERY obvious to most of us that Bowers simply changed his mind after talking to Coach Muschamp that morning and used ZACH and all other reporters as a way of saving face.He was very sucessful because he got most of you to be a distraction for him.
    LT, I think you are wrong in suggesting that Zach practices poor journalism. Reason being you don’t know where he got his information and under what conditions. I think the reason the kid gave for switching was a cover and many bought it, If Zach would not have tried to give the GatorNation the best and most up to date information and he waited until HIGH NOON that day he would have used some other excuse or reporter as his justification to switch. THE KID SIMPLY DIDN’T WANT TO BE APART OF THE GATORNATION. Go GATORS!!!!


  349. February 7th, 2013 5:33 pm


    Before you come on here and blow your cool…..you might want to get your facts correct about me. I never posted anywhere that Bowers changed his mind because of Zack’s post about his LOI being in. NEVER. I did post that he should get his facts correct before posting them….and his post was NOT correct concerning Bowers LOI to Florida. By the way, I graduated from the U of F school of journalism and I learned the above from Hugh Cunningham…and he was NO idiot.

    by Tampa Gator

  350. February 7th, 2013 8:49 pm

    @ Tampa Gator get a life!!!!!

    by db86

  351. February 7th, 2013 11:11 pm

    Congrats to the Gator Nation on a very successful recruiting run and welcome aboard Class of 2013! I believe we addressed all of our issues – but could have been a little more proactive in regards to the potential (and now current) situation at QB. Spring can’t get here fast enough! Open up the competition AT EVERY position and let’s see who rises to the top – day after day, week after week, game after game! Go Gators!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  352. February 8th, 2013 11:50 am

    @ TigerCatZeroZero, You know it was said Last year that was the approach. I’m not going to comment on any negative outcome because I think that we had a much better than average season (I truely think we should have been in the SEC Championship game, but that’s water under the brdge). My sincere hope is Jeff puts on his “I’m the guy that will take this TEAM to the next TWO levels” and let that drive and motivate him to improve on him quickness in processing and delivering the ball down field. THERE SHOULD BE NO LACK of open receivers as was the claim by many last year. This TEAM has the talent and the coaches to get the job done THIS YEAR!!! GO GATORS!!!!


  353. February 8th, 2013 10:30 pm

    Creek Gator, yes, we all have the same wishes for Jeff. This time around he’ll have an advantage on defenses – he knows what’s coming. The incoming talent is abounding! We have some new comers and red-shirt guys on both sides of the ball, which are full of selfish confidence – the kind that’s makes everyone competitively better. If we are on track with our off-season goals, disciplined and play fundamentally sound Gator Football, we should be on schedule for our flight to ATL…if not, we’ll take a big step backwards IMO. Either way I know you and I will be proud of our guys! Go Gators!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  354. February 12th, 2013 2:03 pm

    Tampa Gator,
    i don’t care where you Graduated from or who the hell taught you. I don’t care how much money you make or if you won an Academy award! I can distaste anyone I please and for the reasons that are near and dear to me. I did not lose my cool, I exceeded my level of listening to others beat on a guy who was just doing a great job. You stated that you lost credibility in Zack over a LOI and he had better get better sources. Who the hell do you think you are! Are you so important that you think you can piss on him because you think you are all that! You are not the reason I ‘m proud to a graduate and Booster of the University Of Florida. My calling out of you is about calling out an immature idiot! Guys like you make our rivals smile.

    by Instagator

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