It’s been a disappointing week for Florida football with season-ending injuries to Jeff Driskel and Dominique Easley.
Forunately, things are looking much more promising on the recruiting front.
The Gators had a great turnout for the Tennessee game and made strides with the official visitors on campus. Be sure to check back on this blog later this week for my story on safety Jamal Adams and how his trip went.
On to the questions!
Now that Jeff Driskel will presumably get a medical redshirt, how does this affect the commitment of Will Grier? I assumed the plan was for Driskel to play his senior year while Grier learned the ropes and focused toward starting his sophomore year. Now with Driskel around for an extra season, will Grier look elsewhere for immediate playing time. — Chuck, Ben, Ozzie
Grier visited Florida over the weekend (update HERE) and told me after the Tennessee game the possibility of Driskel coming back for 2015 doesn’t deter his decision at all.
He’s one of the most solid commits in the class, and it would probably take Will Muschamp leaving for him to even consider going to another school. He will be an early enrollee in January and plans to redshirt as a freshman.
If Driskel does stay an extra season, Grier would still have three years of eligibility remaining after he left. That’s plenty of time to make his mark with the Gators.
His girlfriend, Taylor, also moved to Gainesville in August to attend Sante Fe College. So I think it’s safe to say he sticks with UF.
It seems as though CB Jalen Tabor is no longer interested in UF and has more interest in Maryland. Does Florida still have a chance to land him? — Jake
Florida has a shot and his interest is still there, but it’s not as high as it was in the summer. The Gators were his leader back in June, and I was told he sat atop the cornerback board.
Since then, however, they have land three commits at his position to go along with Duke Dawson, and the Terrapins are now believed to be his favorite as you alluded to.
Tabor is from Washington, D.C., so the distance factor and prospect of being the hometown hero (ala Stefon Diggs) is undoubtedly coming into play. I can hear the Maryland coaches saying, ‘Why go to Florida or Alabama when you can come here and be a star?’
Their pitches appear to be hitting home right now, but UF and other schools have time to make up ground. Tabor tweeted Tuesday that he will officially visit Maryland, Alabama, Florida, USC and Arizona.
How is the relationship between UF’s staff and Travis Rudolph developing? Is he still considered the No. 1 remaining WR prospect? Is his recruitment still between the Tigers, ‘Canes and Gators? — MechEgator
Rudolph is close to receivers coach Joker Phillips, and the Gators checked in on him during their bye week. Five-star athlete Adoree’ Jackson is arguably the top target at wideout simply because he’s a more dynamic player and can also play cornerback.
But Rudolph is a huge priority for the coaches because he’s their best chance at landing another highly-touted receiver after Jackson. As for his recruitment, he’s very hard to read and doesn’t like to talk or give anything away. Auburn doesn’t appear to be the threat it once was, and I doubt Rudolph recommits to Miami. It’s shaping up to be a battle between Florida and Florida State for his services.
Zach, WR Deon Cain (Tampa Bay Tech) still hasn’t been offered. Do you know of any qualifying issues with him or any other reason why we would not extend at least a conditional offer? He got off at FNL and showed he is a playmaker. His film looks like James Clark of last year’s recruiting cycle. He could be a sleeper. — TigerCatZeroZero
Got off is spot on. He was very impressive at Friday Night Lights and was able to hang with the 2014 prospects who participated. He recently added offers from FSU and UCF, and I’m sure they will continue to roll in.
I don’t know whether he has any grade problems, but he’s only a junior and there’s plenty of time for the Gators to pull the trigger. The coaches still have a couple of evaluation periods to go through before they finalize what their options are at receiver for 2015.
That’s all for this week! Be sure to put your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below!