Many Florida fans are wondering if the Gators’ recent struggles could cause any 2014 class members to rescind their commitments.
Fortunately for UF, most of the pledges are still solid and will stick regardless of this season’s results. However, a handful of them seem open to other schools and susceptible to their recruiting efforts.
Here are five Florida commits who are on waver watch:
1) J.C. Jackson, ATH, Immokalee, 5-10, 180
Jackson has taken several visits this fall, most recently to South Florida over the weekend. Last month he officially visited Minnesota and took two trips to nearby Miami. He wants to return to Coral Gables for an official in December. Jackson maintains his verbal hasn’t weakened, but that’s coming from someone who has already decommitted once. Immokalee kids, for whatever reason, tend to have crazy recruitments, and Jackson’s will be no different.
2) Chris Lammons, CB, Fort Lauderdale Plantation, 5-10, 171
A few days prior to his decision, Lammons was set to pick South Carolina. A heart-to-heart conversation with Will Muschamp just before his ESPNU announcement changed that. But Lammons continues to speak regularly with the Gamecocks, while Tennessee, his other finalist, is currently recruiting him the hardest. He will officially visit both schools in addition to UF, with trips to UCF and Wisconsin being a possibility as well.
3) Ermon Lane, WR, Homestead, 6-2, 192
Lane is the one fans are worried about the most, although he consistently claims his Florida commitment is solid. He chose UF over Alabama, Florida State and Miami, but given the success of the latter three schools this season and his plans to officially visit them, there’s a feeling he could be swayed. The prospect of playing with Will Grier and three of his close friends likely keeps Lane committed, but the status of his pledge will be worth monitoring once he starts going on trips.
4) Travaris Dorsey, OL, Jacksonville Raines, 6-3, 293
When asked by Rivals.com in May to put a percentage on his commitment, Dorsey replied “59 percent.” He now says it’s at 100 percent. Dorsey has mentioned Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Rutgers as potential official visit destinations, but UF and UM are the schools he has scheduled trips to at this time. The ‘Canes may be the only real threat for Dorsey, but Florida’s closeness to home and need at offensive line should make him stick.
5) Dalvin Cook, RB, Miami Central, 5-11, 192
Having one of your top commits visit other schools is never an ideal situation, but Florida doesn’t appear to be at risk of losing Cook. He made some strong statements last week about where he stands with the Gators, and sources close to him told The Sun those comments were sincere. Both Cook and his teammate, 2015 UF receiver commit Da’Vante Phillips, are not discouraged by what’s happening in Gainesville because they believe things won’t be that way once they arrive.