April 1st, 2013 10:40pm

March Madness for Gators recruiting


Florida coach Will Muschamp and his staff were busy on the recruiting trail in the second half of March.

The Gators gained their seventh commitment in offensive lineman Joseph Paul, took the lead for a handful of prospects and brought in several visitors to Gainesville.

Here are links to the top storylines from the past three weekends.

Florida’s first spring practice in pads attracted three coveted recruits to campus, and there were also three targets who named the Gators their leader. Then a trio of in-state prospects, including Jacksonville Providence offensive tackle David Sharpe, visited UF the following Saturday for Florida’s first scrimmage.

The madness continued on Thursday and Friday as the Gators hosted a total of six 2014 prospects from South Florida.

The highest priority in town was Miami Central running back Dalvin Cook. He is still committed to Clemson, but UF has become the Tigers’ biggest threat.

“They made a big impression,” Cook said. “Florida is my second choice now and they have the offense that I want to play in. I loved what they did with their running backs in practice and in the meetings. I had fun being around those guys and they want to come up there with them.”

The remaining vistors were receivers Ermon Lane and Tyre Brady, linebacker Richard Yeargin III and defensive backs Chris Lammons and Quincy Wilson, all of whom are members of the 7-on-7 team South Florida Express.

Brady was offered by the Gators according to his coach, and others posted pictures and spoke favorably of the trip on Twitter.

UF offensive lineman commit Benjamin Knox (DeLand) visited for Florida’s final scrimmage of the spring on Saturday along with safety Trey Marshall (Lake City Columbia) and Kentucky defensive end commit Denzel Ware (Opp, Ala.).

Marshall was offered by the Gators during his visit, while Ware named Florida his leader afterward despite remaining pledged to the Wildcats.

For a running list of visitors for the Orange & Blue Debut, click HERE.

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  1. April 1st, 2013 11:33 pm

    Is the late offer from the Gators to Trey Marshsall going to hurt us?

    by E.

  2. April 2nd, 2013 1:16 am

    Maybe but we aren’t hurting in the DB area right now.

    by J

  3. April 2nd, 2013 7:32 am

    Dalvin Cook would be a huge get. That kid is the real deal. Saw him against GHS in the State championship game, and the kid was on the field the entire game making plays, bot on D and O! Blew me away.

    by malo

  4. April 2nd, 2013 8:24 am

    Florida is his leader but he remained committed to Kentucky?????? This is why I no longer follow recruiting as closely as I used to. Its just insane and devoid of common sense.

    by LT

  5. April 2nd, 2013 8:51 am

    Seems like the norm these days, LT.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  6. April 2nd, 2013 8:53 am

    Possibly, but he’s most likely going to FSU and I don’t think it would have made a difference if UF offered earlier.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  7. April 2nd, 2013 9:09 am

    Yes it would have mattered, he has been recruited since ninth grade and the offer was late in coming. The wait and see if we can get someone we like a little better does not work on all recruits.

    by Gbreaker1

  8. April 2nd, 2013 10:11 am

    ? He is still a junior and hasn’t played his senior season and that’s stop late???? Ok then bye!

    by Gatorbait-1

  9. April 3rd, 2013 12:00 am

    Anthony Moten (DL) is a very good get for us! I expected to get a few during the upcoming weekend…however I am now concerned with the change in game/practice format. Hopefully the town and campus will have a fall vibe and bring us even more recruiting success. Go Gators!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  10. April 4th, 2013 8:32 am

    I just hope the weather is great for the O&B game. particularly if we are hosting any kids from colder climes.

    by lizardgrad89

  11. April 6th, 2013 9:49 pm

    cook is a HUGE pick up best player in the state

    by travis

  12. April 7th, 2013 12:19 pm

    Travis ur right on! Cook is fantastic commit! Sony Michel is a great back but I honestly believe cook has bigger upside and fits our o scheme better. Very happy to see Kain Baub commit to fsu! jimbo just landed one more BIG HEADACHE! Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. LMAO!!!!

    by ron

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