May 30th, 2013 09:11am

Buck board shrinking as Pugh picks FSU


Signing a top-tier Buck prospect is one of the biggest priorities for the Florida Gators in the 2014 recruiting cycle.

But their options have dwindled down since we last touched on this subject a month and a half ago.

Tallahassee Godby’s Jacob Pugh visited UF twice in April, but as anticipated, he decided to stay close to home and committed to FSU on Wednesday. The coaches could continue to pursue Pugh, but he lives eight minutes away from Doak Campbell Stadium and will be hard to steal from the Noles.

Denzel Ware has transferred back to Crestview after spending the spring at Opp (Ala.). He tried to pledge to the Gators following the Orange & Blue Debut, but Will Muschamp wasn’t ready to accept his commitment and things haven’t changed on that front.

At this time, that leaves Trent Harris (Winter Park) and Richard Yeargin III (Fort Lauderdale University School) as the top targets left at the position.

Harris lists Florida as his leader and could have already been in the class, but he postponed his May 24th decision after getting offered by Ohio State. He’s still expected to end up at UF, although the Gators will have to sweat out his visit to Columbus this summer.

Should Harris go elsewhere, Yeargin would become a must-get. He took a trip Gainesville on March 29 and was seen by the staff during the fourth and fifth week of the Evaluation Period. Florida is considered one of the favorites to land him, but there’s a long way to go in his recruitment and he doesn’t plan on deciding until National Signing Day.

The Gators have other targets at linebacker and defensive end who could potentially play the Buck position if they come to Florida, but look for the coaches to put the full-court press on Harris and Yeargin moving forward.

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  1. May 30th, 2013 10:08 am

    Not sure if anyone should be surprised about this. This kid grew up a nolie. This was a no-brainer pick.

    by Gator Todd

  2. May 30th, 2013 10:25 am

    I wonder how good Yeargin is most of the university kids are overrated.Feel the same way about Wilson the corner who need to move to safety.Harris is very short to me worry about his size to be abig time player in the Sec.

    by Dukeoden

  3. May 30th, 2013 2:44 pm

    With Fowler and Powell moving on in the next two years, any kid that doesn’t see the vacancy as a golden opportunity to shine on the big stage for NFL scouts is not worthy of the opportunity in the first place.

    by Delray Mike

  4. May 30th, 2013 3:53 pm

    Stupid noles! Maybe the NFL will figure out that FSU personnel is not worth a top pick soon. So many highly drafted players, so many flops: Marvin Jones, Peter Warrick, etc.
    Weak schedule, weaker coaching, and a habit of being highly ranked at the beginning of the year and embarassed at the end

    by Craig

  5. May 30th, 2013 7:36 pm


    All of what you have written may or may not be true, but the one thing that is true is that kids would rather be in Tallahassee then Gainesville. Go Noles.

    by SpearHead

  6. May 30th, 2013 8:52 pm

    Hey Spearhead…looks like Troles fans would rather read Gator websites, keep reading about the best University in Fla. ur team,conference,coaches,fan base are weak! I bet u get tired of reading about crime & theft in the Troles websites so u read ours to hear about talent! Get a life & go read u own crappy sites about ur crappy team!

    by Harold

  7. May 30th, 2013 11:35 pm

    Hey Spearhead let’s look at some actuall facts
    2013 recruiting rankings (according toESPN) Florida 2, FSU 9
    In fact since 2006 (couldn’t go back any further) Florida has been ranked higher than the Criminoles is 6/8 recruiting classes. What was that about players wanting t0 go to Tally over UF? Ha maybe the players that were rejected by UF. FSU is the UF rejection university. True story

    by TJ

  8. May 30th, 2013 11:37 pm

    Don’t worry about sizw man. Has Antonio Morrison taught you nothing? He was undersized and he played really well. Ahmad Black was “too small” and he was a phenomenal safety. Judge by the play not by the size

    by TJ

  9. May 31st, 2013 6:32 am

    What do all FSU students and all UF students have in common? They all got in to FSU.

    by V02max

  10. May 31st, 2013 10:48 am

    Yo spearhead! you no what they say; IF YOU CANT GO TO COLLEGE YOU CAN ALWAYS GO TO FSU!!!

    by ron

  11. May 31st, 2013 11:48 am

    SPEARHEAD, if you really believe what you just posted, you have a lot to learn about CFB recruiting, especially considering that UF has, overall, had better recruiting classes than FSU for most of the past ten years, so your claim doesn’t hold water.

    by Gator Todd

  12. May 31st, 2013 5:10 pm

    Die hard Gator here. Sorry but I don’t agree with Craig’s use of Marvin Jones nor Peter Warick. While they may not have gone on to be everything they were in college, I would give them both my humble stamp of approval. I think there are others that could have been used to better illustrate the point. EJ Manual…that guy gets knocked out of every big game; I wouldn’t put much stock in him but happy for anyone who makes it into the league – that’s the dream! Go Gators!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  13. May 31st, 2013 5:15 pm

    Trume Zero, I’ve actually met many FSU players living up here near Tally, and Manuel is the classiest and most humble of the three you’re mentioned. Warrick was a pure arrogant punk and full of himself. Jones was a good guy from what I remember. Their most recent RB Chris Thompson is actually a buddy of mine and is pure #1 class all the way.

    by Gator Todd

  14. June 1st, 2013 1:06 am

    The bottom line, if you want to land THE best recruits, it comes down to who has the most ca$h… money talks BS walks…

    by junior

  15. June 1st, 2013 7:11 am

    Smack talk between Gators and Noles? LOL! I feel like I stepped out of the ‘way back machine’ and landed in the ’90′s.

    by Delray Mike

  16. June 2nd, 2013 8:47 am

    Cut it out kids, it’s the guys back yard. This is where he wants his family and friends to see mature and maybe become great, most of you would probably do the same thing! GO GATORS!!!!


  17. June 3rd, 2013 11:48 am

    Can’t get into college, call 1-800-FSU! This is all about FUN! Each school has had its share of great kids and poor characters!

    by Instagator

  18. June 7th, 2013 12:13 pm

    Waaa,He wants to stay home,to be with his Mommy and Daddy,It takes a great man to leave a place like Tally and tried out a better University,University of Florida has more Fans than FSU and Georgia combine.GatorNation is everywhere,no matter where you go.Can”t wait for the Florida-FSU game will be here at the Swamp and when we kicked your Ass Bubba,you”ll wished you had been a Gator.Da Da Da Go Gators.

    by Rick Gastiger

  19. June 14th, 2013 3:28 pm

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