You would think three-straight losses could really hurt Florida on the recruiting trail, but that hasn’t been the case.
The Gators’ commitments are still solid for the most part, and their top targets haven’t cooled on UF despite the losing streak. If anything, the second half against Georgia actually helped them in the minds of many recruits.
Florida currently has 14 members in its class with just under three months until signing day. Player profiles have been updated with their latest rankings, stories and videos on our recruiting website, www.recruits.gatorsports.com.
On to the questions!
Do you think the Gators will get DeAndre Goolsby this week? — Andrew
Goolsby will make his decision Friday at 2:15 p.m. ET. at his Derby (Kan.) High School. The Rivals250 member, who is ranked the nation’s No. 3 tight end by Rivals.com, has officially visited Arkansas, Florida, Kansas State, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
UF received his first trip on Sept. 22 for the Tennessee game, and he also attended one of Florida’s summer camp sessions with his mother.
It’s really hard to predict which school he’ll pick. Goolsby doesn’t answer his phone, and I haven’t talked to him since we spoke in person during his visit in June. I’m not expecting UF to land his commitment simply because of the distance factor. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him select the Gators given their need at tight end.
Will the Gators look for second DT? Is Jarran Reed off the the table? — Ivo
Last month Florida commit Khairi Clark told me the coaches wanted to add another defensive tackle but it didn’t look promising.
Unless they have their eyes on a JUCO prospect, Thomas Holley is really the only option at this point. The Rivals100 member from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln visited UF in the summer and plans to return for an official soon. But his recruitment appears to be a battle between Ohio State and Penn State.
The Gators are not pursuing 2013 signee Jarran Reed or former commits Anthony Moten and Travonte Valentine. With the five tackles that signed last year and Clark on board for 2014, Florida should be fine at the position regardless of Holley.
It seems as though Adoree’ Jackson will not take an official visit to UF. Is this because he has already come on an unofficial visit or is he just no longer interested? — Jake
Jackson isn’t scheduled to officially visit the Gators as he once was, but his change of plans aren’t because he’s no longer interested. Jackson just wants to check out schools he hasn’t seen before.
Florida is recruiting the five-star, two-sport athlete harder than any other staff, and he speaks regularly with defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson and track coach Mike Holloway.
There’s a good chance Jackson could stop by UF in January following the Under Armour All-America Game.
Could you provide a list of under-the-radar recruits who could be offered by UF. I believe we’re gonna miss out on the big fish. — Rob, Kaleb, D-Wayne
I know I’m probably reaching on some of the names I’m about to list, but I’ll throw some out there just for you. I think these recruits could get a look (and possibly committable offers) from the Gators if they lose some commits and/or miss on their targets.
Tony James, 5-9, 175, Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville (Oregon commit)
D’Ernest Johnson, 5-11, 189, Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee
Myles Autry, 5-10, 175, Norcorss, Ga./Norcross
Adly Enoicy, 6-4, 224, Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic
Garrett Johnson, 5-9, 160, Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange (Kentucky commit)
Trevon Lee, 5-11, 167, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons
Tyre McCants, 5-11, 199, Niceville, Fla./Niceville
Charles Nelson, 5-9, 170, Daytona Beach, Fla./Seabreeze
George Rushing, 6-0, 180, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons (Louisville commit)
Seth Brown, 6-3, 246, Gainesville, Fla./Eastside
Moral Stephens, 6-3, 205, Perry, Fla./Taylor County
Montez Sweat, 6-6, 220, Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson
Nick Gates, 6-4, 272, Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman
Kavaris Harkless, 6-5, 269, Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian (Louisville commit)
Rohan Blackwood, 6-5, 220, Brooksville, Fla./Nature Coast
Kevin Bronson, 6-3, 247, Delray Beach, Fla./Village Academy
Rashawn Shaw, 6-3, 234, Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central
Andrew Beck, 6-3, 230, Tampa, Fla./Plant (Texas commit)
Greg Miclisse, 6-1, 230, Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside
Sharieff Rhaheed, 6-4, 215, Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central
Top 5 uncommitted players Florida needs to land? — Devin, Christopher
1) OT David Sharpe
2) DE Lorenzo Carter
3) ATH Adoree’ Jackson
4) DB Jamal Adams
5) WR Eric Lauderdale
I think the Gators are in the driver’s seat for Adams and Carter and will also finish with one or two receivers (counting Jackson), two offensive linemen and a linebacker (likely Dwight Williams) for a class size of 20-21.
That’s all for this week! Be sure to leave your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below.