December 24th, 2013 06:52pm

Phillips decommits from Florida

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Phillips is close friends with Dalvin Cook, who could also be decommitting from UF soon. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Florida has lost a commitment from a Miami Central player.

And no, it’s not Dalvin Cook.

His teammate, junior receiver Da’Vante Phillips, decommitted from UF on Tuesday according to Scout.com’s Amy Campbell. He chose the Gators at Friday Night Lights and was the only member of their 2015 class to date.

Phillips told The Sun on Dec. 15 he was still committed to Florida but wanted to see a big change on offense. The 6-foot-1, 189-pounder is the ranked the No. 1 receiver and 18th overall in the ESPN Junior 300.

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  1. December 24th, 2013 7:04 pm

    Another sign that dalvin cook is not coming. Wasn’t he supposed to follow dalvin cook?

    by Doug


  2. December 24th, 2013 7:13 pm

    Yeah Cook is gone. I knew those earlier comments weren’t those of a Gator commit. Oh well we’ll just have to beat him at that team out west.

    by Arizona_Gator


  3. December 24th, 2013 7:20 pm

    yep, was kinda holding out hope. but it sure looks like we will miss out on lane too! welcome aboard mr.roper! please do yourself a favor and rent and dont buy!

    by dub


  4. December 24th, 2013 8:42 pm

    If so what is the point of Florida letting them basically punk the program on national tv? I don’t get it. This has dragged out too long publicly. It’s not like a last minute switcharoo. The university needs to rethink this for damage control purposes.

    by gatorade7


  5. December 24th, 2013 8:59 pm

    A 2015 commit de-commiting is NOT the end of the world guys. Dalvin Cook…IF he de-commits is NOT the end of the world. The Gators have a 100 year football program, and an even longer academic record. I’m not sure why everyone is alway so negative around the program. We’ll all survive, try to enjoy Christmas. Merry Christmas everybody!

    by Tim


  6. December 24th, 2013 9:13 pm

    I agree. I just don’t like giving the power to punk the program to the recruit at this point. Why die a slow death? That helps nobody if true. We are aiding and abetting to false drama. Let’s either be sure or move on…

    by gatorade7


  7. December 24th, 2013 9:27 pm

    We have potential recruits de-commit in the past and we are still the Florida Gators! We need ball players not prima donnas. Their are other recruits out there that want an opportunity to prove themselves and want to work hard, and they are not afraid of the competition. A lot of big name players at big time college football teams never make an NFL team. A lot of players in the NFL come from schools we have never heard of! Recruit ball player! Go Gators!!

    by Indiana Gator


  8. December 24th, 2013 9:41 pm

    amen,,no one player or players are bigger than the program,,merry christmas to all and go gators!

    by dub


  9. December 24th, 2013 9:52 pm

    Kelvin Taylor is a great back. Of course you want good players coming in but we will be fine at running back.

    by Mike


  10. December 24th, 2013 11:02 pm

    If lane thinks he is all that importat, we don’t need him anyway. If you are a gator then you are a gator; if not move on.

    by gator62


  11. December 24th, 2013 11:14 pm

    No offense to Zach, b/c he puts in a lot of hard work for his reports, as do many others. And, I’m as guilty as most of you at reading this stuff. However, if we all quit following these recruits until they’ve signed the dotted line, they wouldn’t be so full of themselves, and doing everything they can to get national attention. They are teenagers with their chance to gain attention by playing the media about their decisions. Why do we care where they say they are going? It’s never a “commit” until they have signed the paperwork. Why not just say, I really think I”m going to a certain school. Never say you’re committed, b/c you aren’t! We have no one to blame but ourselves for the way the kids act nowadays. It’s really kinda sad.

    by John S


  12. December 24th, 2013 11:50 pm

    GATOR BAIT!

    by JP


  13. December 24th, 2013 11:56 pm

    Is this because of the OC hire? This guy was good to go just a couple of days ago. Since they plan on going to the same school doesn’t look good.

    by GG


  14. December 25th, 2013 12:48 am

    If we needed more evidence that Cook isn’t coming, this is it. That, and the fact that he made his firm decision BEFORE we have hired an OC. I can’t imagine him doing that. Only Will Grier does that…Thank God for you Will!

    Not sure which is more bothersome, that we may lose Cook AND Lane AND Phillips…or that FSU may get all three in the end.

    Like much of this year, just painful…And I suspect it will be a while before the pain goes away. One kick in the crotch after another.

    by Craig


  15. December 25th, 2013 5:02 am

    Cook will be a Gator!!!!!! This is to gamer more attention for cook and to do exactly what he is doing to you all. Also, he wants his chance at attention so don’t worry we will have them both. GO GATORS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

    by GeorgiaGatorboi


  16. December 25th, 2013 5:46 am

    Strap on your cup fans. The Kicks will stop but not soon. We will be alright. Go Gators! Hope Phillips comes back but God bless him and Gator Nation regardless.

    by J


  17. December 25th, 2013 6:59 am

    Those of you thinking Cook and Lane are gone may just be surprised come signing day!

    by GIGator


  18. December 25th, 2013 8:12 am

    This kid was a 2015 commit, he see’s the attention that Cook is getting with his recruitment, the trips, the press. He just may want to hold on to the fact that he may be in the drivers seat and can get all this for himself next year. Stop jumping on and off the wagon, you can hurt yourself. These are “KIDS” that want and maybe even need to be wanted and desired, you guys are too uptight, breathe, breathe, breathe. Life will go on after Mr. Phillips even if he and Mr. Cook departs (I still think Cook and Phillips remain). GO GATORS!!!!

    by CREEK GATOR


  19. December 25th, 2013 11:11 am

    We can live without those guys. We seldom get much but trouble out of anything south of Belle Glade anyway. Those thugs don’t fit a disciplined, SEC type team. Let ‘em go where they can be ganstas. We’ll be fine. Stay the course with quality kids.

    by Greg Hawkins


  20. December 25th, 2013 11:28 am

    Bye Bye! Go Gators!!

    by Dan Dixon


  21. December 25th, 2013 12:30 pm

    No wonder UF is hated by so many. Somebody that you wanted to come to your school decides they don’t and suddenly they are “thugs” and aren’t worthy of becoming Gators. To say they needed to see some improvement on an offense that has been in triple digits three years running is not something that should surprise anyone. As far as I know, Jeff Driskel will be the starting quarterback next year and maybe the year after that. There has been no sign yet that he isn’t what he appears to be, a lousy quarterback. If you think he just needs new coaches, you haven’t watched him play. Either you have poise or you don’t. You are either accurate or not. He fails on both counts, a new coach isn’t going to change that. Here’s another clue for you Einsteins out there. Taylor is not a great back, at least not now, he is not quick to the hole and does not have great speed to break a long run. If he was a great back, UF would have won the Georgia Southern game. Lokk at the tape, the holes were there, he’s not quick enough to exploit them. Guess what, he’s not his father. Quit being such poor sports when a recruit says no. When UF has an offense in double digits, maybe recruits will again find UF attractive. Until then, UF only needs to look in the mirror to see why hot shot playmakers are shying away from UF.

    by ntcrze


  22. December 25th, 2013 5:27 pm

    More negative news on Cook, FSU RB Freeman welcomed Cook to the Noles via social media

    by Vinny G


  23. December 25th, 2013 5:51 pm

    http://youtu.be/9DI5ljlXB3I this da kid FLA need and i think they goin 2 miss out because Miss State just offer him

    by fred white


  24. December 25th, 2013 6:59 pm

    I’m surprised juniors even bother to commit and don’t blame this kid for waiting to see what happens. Hopefully we all like what we see next season from Roper.

    by MrKeepingItReal


  25. December 25th, 2013 7:49 pm

    So much hate, don’t place all this on the kids. UF is a top 5 football program without a top five head coach. Develop the players you have, make them elite and the young kids will come to UF. Whether you dislike FSU or not , the model that Bobby Bowden used to have works. Let your top players showcase, while integrating true freshmen so that by the end of the season you have created depth and have prepared the freshmen to step into larger roles at a later date.

    by Gamebreaker1


  26. December 25th, 2013 9:42 pm

    So I guess Cook just got outed by Devonte Freeman. Says he’s FSU bound.

    by gatorade7


  27. December 25th, 2013 9:46 pm

    Does any recruit matter this year? It seems UF’s future rests with Jeff Driskel. There is no alternative. If he plays well, then Muschamp may keep his job. If he doesn’t, UF will be starting over again with a new coach.I don’t see anything more complicated than that. Whatever offensive scheme Roper comes up with will depend on Jeff Driskel. Muschamp has said that Spring practice will be delayed until Driskel is healthy. The sooner he is healthy, the better. You don’t want to go into the fall without Driskel having played in the Spring.

    by snowprint


  28. December 26th, 2013 12:05 am

    The choice to go to FSU is a bad choice. I’ve seen it many times when a team does well one year and struggles the next. Look at us and TAM last year and not quite the same this year. So in all likelyhood FSU will not do as well next year. Its normal for these kids to be short sighted and are not able see how valuable it is to play in the SEC and the exposure they would get if they do well. If you do well at Florida (ala Hargraves, Fowler, Bullard ..) you will be on display by all the pros because of the competition. The mature kids are the ones who really understand this and have studied this. They are the kids we want and need. Will Greer is case in point.
    -GG

    by csdk


  29. December 26th, 2013 5:50 am

    The kid is 16 years old – do you think he is really visualizing where he will be in 2 years? When I was his age I couldn’t see beyond the following weekend. Give the kid a break and step off the ledge people.

    by Delray Mike


  30. December 26th, 2013 5:51 am

    That would be ‘away from the ledge’, unless you are really desperate then…oh never mind.

    by Delray Mike


  31. December 26th, 2013 8:33 am

    First off, why would Driskell not be ready for spring ball? His injury occurred decades ago it seems. Second, does anyone really think Jeff Driskell is going to lead this team to the promised land? Those who do not learn from John Brantley, I mean history, are doomed to repeat it.

    by Kevin Patrick


  32. December 26th, 2013 9:10 am

    this guy ain’t tall enough we need big physical fast receivers, 6″ 4″ or taller.

    by Mason


  33. December 26th, 2013 9:13 am

    There are more players out then Driskell, that is why spring practice is being delayed. No line no scrimmage!

    As to the kids punking us, would you rather they pull the offer and not give the coaches a chance to flip them back? Fisher may go to Texas, where does Cook go then?

    by Ed


  34. December 26th, 2013 9:43 am

    Jimbo going to Texas? That would be good for UF at this point as we need some outside help to get over the hump.
    After we beat them last year, fsu fans we ready to fire him, now he’s a genius. With Saban out of the picture, guess he and auburn coach are frontrunners.
    Lets dont trash these kids wavering, what do you expect after 4-8 and no offense? Nothing solid till nsd anyway.

    by GG


  35. December 26th, 2013 11:42 am

    Ed, you really think that Spring practice is being delayed for anyone other than Driskel? I doubt that. He is still not healed from his injury, otherwise there’d be no reason to delay Spring practice. Since Muschamp doesn’t tell anyone about injuries, him saying that Spring practice may be delayed is a worrisome sign. If Driskel isn’t healthy, it’s Morningweg or a true freshman.

    by snowprint


  36. December 26th, 2013 1:58 pm

    Only way for Gators to turn the program around is to fire Foley and Muschamp. Until then, it’s gonna be ugly

    by MJ


  37. December 26th, 2013 4:41 pm

    Really, you want to fire the best AD in the country because of one bad season plagued by injuries? As I recall, Gator fans were praising WM one year ago after going 11-1 during the regular season; and do you Gator fans recall the support given to last years team in the form of ticket sales to the Sugar Bowl? Given the poor attitudes and support Gator fans show for their team, it’s a wonder anyone would want to come coach this program.

    by Kevin Patrick


  38. December 26th, 2013 8:33 pm

    The best AD in the country? I’m not sure how you came to that conclusion. I don’t think hiring Ron Zook(now working at a bank in Ocala), and Will Muschamp in your main revenue generating sports hardly qualify UF’s AD to be the, “best AD in the country”. I don’t think anybody was praising WM last season. I think we all realize that he won a few games that he should have probably lost, and that he had some great talent leftover from Urban’s recruiting days.

    And, if you are wondering why I didn’t link Foley to Urban, that’s not a direct hire since Machen already had the connection with Urban from Utah.

    Keep in mind that Ron Zook lost to Miss. State, and was fired summarily. Muschamp lost to GA Southern, and is now on his third off. coord. in four seasons. Logic says something is wrong with this picture.

    by MJ


  39. December 26th, 2013 10:58 pm

    Oh yes, MJ, because an AD’s ONLY job is to fire football coaches! In fact the full position title is Athletic Director of Only Hiring Football Coaches. Get real man! Foley is THE reason many of our sports are doing so well including Basketball, Baseball, and Track and Field. Foley has done more for this University’s athletics than anyone else in this University’s history. He is WITHOUT A DOUBT the best AD IN THE COUNTRY!

    Now I will say I do believe that Muschamp should’ve been fired. I don’t think any coach should be able to come back from losses like those to Vandy and Ga Southern. But having saying that I also have no doubt Muschamp will become one of the best coaches of our era. He is a defensive genius, an excellent recruiter, great motivator, inspires loyalty from his players, and etc. The only thing he seems to be missing is offense. If this teaches us anything it’s just to maybe not hire anyone without head coaching experience again. But if you’re wondering why Foley didn’t fire Muschamp it’s because he KNOWS that Muschamp WILL be one of the best coaches of our era and would rather not lose him so soon especially 1 year after an 11-2 season. Zook was never going to become a great coach, as evidenced by his later years. Also, firing a coach 1 year after an 11 win season doesn’t look good to other potential coaches. What coach wants to go where they could suddenly be fired because of the wrong injuries at the wrong time. Now you know and I know that last year’s failures were more than just injuries, but potential coaches will see it as a rash reaction to something outside of the coach’s control. So Gator fans, get a grip, chill out, calm down, and relax. We will be just fine. Even as soon as next year we will probably be just fine. It does us no good to complain about Will and Jeremy now just to be negative. So just enjoy the ride and try a little optimism.

    by Arizona_Gator


  40. December 27th, 2013 8:01 am

    besides Muschamp has some classic facial expressions on the sidelines of games and he goes after the refs when they blow a call ie Auburn last year and we need to overcome the adversity on the field(halftime of LSU)

    by Mason


  41. December 27th, 2013 2:13 pm

    Okay, we have to play with what we have. Other than V Hargreaves and K Taylor, no other freshmen contributed this season. Not expecting any freshman to contribute anyway

    by alum gator


  42. December 27th, 2013 3:52 pm

    Muschamp will be fine! A blind man can see that losing your QBs, OL, Jones, Easley, Morrison, Roberson, even Burton is the biggest factor in this disaster of a season. Would FSU be in the NC game if they lose Jameis, Freeman, Benjamin, etc. (and if they played in the SEC)?

    Some of you will end up with a coronary before NSD if you don’t slow down with the hate for Muschamp. Dude is the coach, let it go. If the O can score even a little better, we win 9-10 games. Especially with all the SEC QB’s leaving for the NFL.

    by Savage Gator


  43. December 27th, 2013 3:58 pm

    BTW I hope and believe Cook will be a Gator. But next season hinges on the development of Driskel and Grier, not if Cook is the 3rd string RB next year. I see that Cook can ball but it’s not a given that he beats out Lane, Brown, Taylor or Jones for PT when he arrives. His work is cut out for him, I hope he doesn’t have it twisted!

    Same with Phillips… Go Gators!

    by Savage Gator


  44. December 27th, 2013 10:48 pm

    [...] and 2015 receiver Da’Vante Phillips, who decommitted from UF on Tuesday, plan on following Cook wherever he goes. At this time, it doesn’t look like that will be [...]

    by Zach's Mail Stack 12/27 | Gator Prospectus Gator Prospectus - Gator Sports - Gainesville, FL - Archive


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