The Florida Gators came away with some good and bad news from the Under Armour All-America practices and game.
The commitment of Gerald Willis III obviously stole the show, but here are a few other tidbits:
* Bad news first. Ermon Lane and J.C. Jackson are not coming to Florida, which was obvious after Thursday’s game (see end of story). They’re both headed to Florida State if the Seminoles can fit them in their class. Lane should have no trouble getting a spot, but Jackson might not. Look for him to end up at Miami if that’s the case.
* One receiver who is no longer an option is De’Andre Thompkins of Swansboro (N.C.). The early enrollee was up in the air on his Penn State commitment after Bill O’Brien’s departure for the Houston Texans. He reportedly stopped by Florida after the Under Armour All-America to see the school with his family, although no in-person contact was made with the coaches due to the dead period. But he announced on Twitter today that he’s sticking with the Nittany Lions.
* The same looks like it will happen with Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln defensive tackle Thomas Holley. At the Under Armour media luncheon, he told The Sun the Gators would “probably” become his leader if O’Brien left. However, that has happened and Holley is staying with PSU until the coaching situation is resolved. If the new head coach retains defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who’s been at the school 18 years and personally recruited Holley, it’s unlikely that he flips to Florida.
* Now the good news. There’s a new recruit on Florida’s recruiting board — Under Armour All-American receiver Isaiah McKenzie of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage. He was offered by the Gators today and plans to officially visit on Jan. 24, the same weekend as UF cornerback commit Quincy Wilson. McKenzie, who is being recruited as a slot receiver and returner, had a game-high 127 all-purpose yards Thursday.
* In addition to Minnesota commit and Under Armour MVP Jeff Jones, who is set to visit Gainesville this month, UF has also offered Havelock (N.C.) running back Derrell Scott. The offer propelled the Gators into his list of finalists, which also includes N.C. State, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Semper Fidelis All-American plans to officially visit Florida on Jan. 17. The newfound mutual interest between UF and running backs Jones and Scott gives the Gators a chance to makeup for the loss of Dalvin Cook with two quality recruits.