January 26th, 2014 12:56pm

Junior Day recap

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Florida’s first Junior Day of the 2015 recruiting cycle was more about quality than quantity.

The Gators hosted three recruits ranked in the top 40 of the ESPN Junior 300.

The highest-ranked visitor Saturday was Haines City safety Derwin James, who has been committed to Florida State for 11 months and attended the UF-FSU game in November.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder told Rivals.com his latest visit to Gainesville was a good experience, but added that he is “still a Seminole.”

Making yet another trip to Florida was Glen Saint Mary Baker County defensive end CeCe Jefferson (6-3, 260), who named the Gators his leader in the summer and was still high on them after their 4-8 season.

Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County linebacker Roquan Smith (6-2, 204) made his first-ever visit to UF. He received an offer from Florida on Jan. 2 and was seen by defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin last week on the second day of the contact period.

Linebackers Jeff Holland (Jacksonville Trinity Christian) and Tevon Coney (Palm Beach Gardens) were not able to make it and plan to be in Gainesville next weekend when the Gators hold their second Junior Day.

Some other expected visitors for that event are Plantation American Heritage quarterback Torrance Gibson and Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett linebacker Adonis Thomas.

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21 Comments

  1. January 26th, 2014 3:50 pm

    Sounds like a great start to next recruiting class. Let’s keep reeling them in! Go Gators!

    by Arizona_Gator


  2. January 26th, 2014 4:11 pm

    Now it’s down to Prince or Andrew Mike if the gators are going to sign another offensive lineman since the kid from Miramar committed to West Virginia. maybe that’s a good sign that one has already told the coaches he’s coming and they told the kid from Miramar, thanks but no thanks.

    by ntcrze


  3. January 26th, 2014 5:32 pm

    wow roquan, dont look so excited!!

    by dub


  4. January 26th, 2014 5:47 pm

    where is the gville sun article about Wawrinka?

    by Shariff


  5. January 26th, 2014 6:56 pm

    Torrance Gibson is a program changer! He should be number one on our board!

    by Mark


  6. January 27th, 2014 9:03 am

    Agree, Torrance Gibson is truly amazing. Muschamp has to compete head to head with Meyer for this one. The new offence has to click.

    by EP


  7. January 27th, 2014 11:53 am

    You stay in the top five or close to it every year in recruiting and you have the talent to beat anyone. UF has had two concensus top 5 classes the last two years and is, IMO, looking at a third if we bring in who I think we will.

    by Gator Todd


  8. January 27th, 2014 12:29 pm

    Gator Todd, not so fast my friend. The Gators had better recruiting classes in aggregate than anyone on their schedule last year and finished 4-8. Enough with the injury excuse, it depends also if there is talent in the right places and maybe the highly touted guys are not that good. There are four areas where the recruiting gurus may have not been correct. Number one is quarterback, both Brantley and Driskel were 5-stars and one was a flop and the other has yet to demonstrate that he should have been rated that high. Second is kicker, Hardin can’t even keep his job. That’s also a pretty important position, the difference in the national championship game was that FSU had a better kicker, you could say. Third, none of the highly touted wideouts have lived up to their billing, Debose has been a bust so far and the group brought in last year, with guys that were supposed to be great, Bailey, Fulwood, and Robinson, have yet to demonstrate they can play. Fourth, the offensive line has not been good. Even the highly touted guys, like Green and Humphries, have yet to demonstrate they are good players. Humphries, the can’t miss guy, was benched before the Missouri game. Green was supposed to be great coming out of the summer, but we are always hearing about how great guys are in practice, like Pittman, Robinson, last year Powell was ‘unblockable. Maybe this talent thing is true, but it seems to not be spread evenly. When the reat of the team matches up to the secondary, maybe they’ll be reason to rejoice, but recruiting hasn’t done much for the Gators lately.

    by snowprint


  9. January 27th, 2014 12:43 pm

    coaching is important as well. Ron Zook was one of best recruiters ever in college football, now he is in the banking industry

    by Shariff


  10. January 27th, 2014 1:04 pm

    @snowprint the talent has been there. the coaching has not! all the recruiting in the world cant save you if you cant coach.

    by dub


  11. January 27th, 2014 1:10 pm

    Let me say, if there were a way to have Ron Zook be recruiting coordinator and not have to actually coach anybody, I’d be jumping up and down for him to come back to UF.

    by Lizardgrad89


  12. January 27th, 2014 2:33 pm

    I agree with Snowprint. Like I said UF will have a top 20 recruiting class and that is pretty awesome considering the epic failure this year.
    Lets hope the Noles will keep the Natl Championship in the state next year. We have State pride don’t we ?

    by James Fisher


  13. January 27th, 2014 7:02 pm

    Snowprint, it’s hard to say the wideouts have developed after just one year, with a stagnant offense and coaches fighting one another. Secondly, I won’t argue with you about the OL. Worst I’ve seen at UF since the ’70′s. Third, Brantley played his last two years not only running an offense not suited to his skill set because Addazio had no clue what he was doing as OC, but playing injured the entire second half of his career. As for Driskel, injury and three OC’s in four years pretty much says it all, not to mention Pease failed to adequately develop him.

    The difference is you can’t make a banquet with a fry cook, you need a chef.

    by Gator Todd


  14. January 27th, 2014 7:56 pm

    Gator Todd, how many coaches does it take to figure out it might not be the coaches? How many systems does it take to figure out it’s not the system? You’re right about lasy year’s wide receivers, they may develop. But are you going to believe anything that the coaches tell you this year? The year before last, Latroy Pittman was the new explosive wideout that couldn’t be stopped. Last year, the same was said about Demarcus Robinson. The biggest one was how Jeff Driskel was improved. We won’t know anything until the fourth game of the year since UF plays creampuffs until then. It won’t be shameful to lose to Alabama, but it will be shameful if Driskel still looks like a deer caught in the headlights, maybe then you and others will run out of excuses about this system or that coach and figure out he’s a bum just like Brantley. I just don’t understand why anyone keeps thinking he’s good, even when UF won 11 games, he was the glaring weakness on the team, which is why the coaches did their best to not make him a focus on offense. I could be wrong, but the coaches and systems you have decried have been successful and are still be used and hired. I’ll continue to say it’s the players, and not anything else until the fourth game of the season shows I’m wrong.

    by snowprint


  15. January 27th, 2014 8:06 pm

    nope i will note concede the bama game,,bama is starting over at qb,no reason we cant beat them with a season qb, driskel. im looking for the midline now! hope the chump finds it. nothing short of the seccg should save his job. nothing! are you hearing this fooley!

    by dub


  16. January 27th, 2014 10:33 pm

    dub – Foley is one of the best at what he does. Take a look at the current state of UF athletics. Check out how many times under Foley UF has had the top men’s and women’s athletic programs in the SEC and among the best in the country. Never understood why adults have to play childish name games.

    by Gator863


  17. January 28th, 2014 2:47 pm

    Gator863, not sure what you are talking about with the name game comment , but I agree with you 100% about Foley. The guy is very good as an Athletic Director and has KEPT the GATORS On top and relevent in every SPORT. GO GATORS!!!!

    by CREEK GATOR


  18. January 28th, 2014 6:33 pm

    Some of you people are ignorant. Foley is not one of the best at what he does. He simply has a much larger budget than most of the other people that have his job around the country. Pull your heads out of your collective butts.

    by Arizona_Gator


  19. February 3rd, 2014 9:30 am

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  20. April 2nd, 2014 10:52 am

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  21. April 23rd, 2014 3:43 am

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