Before we get into the Mail Stack, I wanted to touch on five new football recruiting rules adopted by the NCAA.
The Division I Board of Directors announced them Wednesday, and they are effective immediately.
The new rules include:
- Allowing football student-athletes to participate in preparations for the season during an eight-week period each summer.
- Prohibiting a school’s staff members from attending an all-star game or activities associated with those games.
- An extended dead period when no in-person recruiting can take place from Dec. 16 through Jan. 15.
- Establishing a 14-day dead period in late June and early July for FBS schools.
- Allowing schools to pay for meals for up to four family members who accompany a recruit on an official visit.
Of the five, the new rule that’s generated the most talk is the one banning coaches from all-star games. In years prior, coaches would flock to team hotels following the games to meet with players.
It was an absolute madhouse and put a bunch of high school kids in a pressure-packed situation with coaches competing for their time. I’m glad recruits won’t have to face that predicament again.
On to the questions!
Zach, which recruits/commits have a chance to start or earn heavy playing time next season? — Devin
The cornerbacks coming in for 2013 will get a chance to contribute right away. Juniors Louchiez Purifoy and Marcus Roberson are expected to enter the NFL Draft, and Florida will lose seniors Jeremy Brown and Jaylen Watkins.
The Gators currently have four corners committed in Duke Dawson, J.C. Jackson, Chris Lammons and Quincy Wilson. Jackson might receive some reps on offense as a freshman, but he is wavering on his UF pledge at this time.
Florida is also in the running for Jalen Tabor and Adoree’ Jackson, who can play both sides of the ball as well. Both prospects plan to officially visit later this year.
All of the aforementioned recruits are All-Americans and have the ability to compete for a starting job at UF.
What are your thoughts on Will Grier putting up ridiculous numbers this season, and how much of that is related to the competition level he is facing? I’m not familiar with his high school division, is it competitive or relatively easy? — gatorcooken, Branson
Well, his video game statistics are nothing new. He’s been doing it throughout his high school career at Davidson (N.C.) Day, albeit against a bunch of weak competition.
When you watch him play, you can see the talent. And that’s what matters most. If you can throw perfect passes, it doesn’t matter whether you’re completing them on a 5-foot-7 defender in a game or one of the nation’s top corners at a combine.
How many early enrollees will count back to last year’s numbers and what will the balance be to fill this year? Of course transfers pending? — Matt
Per SEC rules, 25 is the most a class size can be. However, that number can be exceeded with early enrollees that count toward the previous year.
Florida had eight in January, all of which counted toward the 2012 class. A total of 28 recruits signed the following month, but only the 20 who didn’t enroll early counted toward 2013.
That means the Gators could sign up to 30 recruits this February if they had five of them enroll early. The problem is they don’t have the scholarship room for 30.
With 10 graduating seniors and 80 scholarship players excluding walk-ons (who won’t count against recruiting numbers next year), Florida currently has room for 15 signees in the 2014 class before attrition. And there isn’t going to be a total of 15 transfers and juniors leaving early.
UF will be hard-pressed to sign 20 prospects this year.
Did the staff visit anyone during the week? If so, who were they? — Rafael
Yes, the coaches hit the recruiting trail hard Thursday and Friday after staying in Gainesville early in the week to work on their game plan for Georgia. Here are the known prospects they went to see.
WR Eric Lauderdale (JUCO)
ATH Adoree’ Jackson
LB Dwight Williams
DB Jamal Adams
DB Duke Dawson (UF commit)
WR Cordell Broadus (2015)
WR Ermon Lane (UF commit)
ATH J.C Jackson (UF commit)
OL Jordan Sims
LB Clifton Garrett
RB Jacques Patrick (2015
ATH Tyler Byrd (2016 UF commit)
When does Jamal Adams announce? How does it look there? — Ivo
He plans to announce his decision sometime within the next month, and Florida is believed to have the edge. He took an official visit UF during the weekend of the Tennessee game, and his father gave glowing remarks about the trip afterward.
He has also visited Texas A&M and Ole Miss and will use officials to LSU, Ohio State or Texas in November.
One reason I believe he chooses the Gators is his father told me they are attending the Florida State game on Nov. 30. Adams will have either made his decision by then or be close to it, and that certainly bodes well for UF.
That’s all for this week! Be sure to leave your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below.