January 27th, 2014 11:12pm

Contact period: Day 12 notes


Florida coaches hit the Tampa area Monday to visit with their latest commit and some targets from the class of 2015.

Will Muschamp stopped by Jefferson to see athlete Deiondre Porter, who flipped to the Gators last Monday after an officially visiting UF.

Florida also went to the schools of three 2015 Rivals100 members — Seffner Armwood defensive end Byron Cowart (6-4, 250), Tarpon Springs East Lake receiver George Campbell (6-3, 183) and Tampa Sickles running back Ray-Ray McCloud (5-10, 172).

Cowart has the Gators leading early on, Campbell recently reopened his recruitment and McCloud lists UF as one of his top schools.

Justin Hilliard of Cininnati (Ohio) St. Xavier received a visit from Florida. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder is ranked the No. 1 inside linebacker by Rivals for 2015.

The Gators offered 2015 Montverde offensive tackle Abdul Bello (6-6, 300), who attended the UF-FSU game in November.

Speaking of Florida State, Muschamp conducted his in-home visit with Seminoles commit C.J. Worton on Monday night. The South Dade Homestead receiver plans to speak with The Sun this week about that meeting as well as his official visit to Florida over the weekend.

On Sunday, UF commits C’yontai Lewis and Justus Reed were seen by the Gators.

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  1. January 28th, 2014 4:33 am

    Lookin like a great class and a great start on next year! Gators on the rise! Go Gators!

    by Arizona_Gator

  2. January 28th, 2014 6:20 am

    biggest news in gator nation this week is #3 ranking in hoops and if Chris Walker is cleared in next few days I think signing day next week will be an afterthought. hope the gville sun brings in some hoop writers- Kevin Brockway is the only guy now.

    by Shariff

  3. January 28th, 2014 6:45 am

    Thanks, Zach, for your persistency in getting news and disseminating the information come hell or high water. Looking like we might close with Prince, J.C Jackson, McWilliams, Worten… who else? Hoping for those and Adoree Jackson and either Teron Harris or Isaiah McKenzie. Georgia’s hiring of Tracy Rocker as DL coach may have wrapped up Lotenzo Carter for them. Where do you think we stand, what’s the buzz with the guys above?

    by Gatormac

  4. January 28th, 2014 8:09 am

    This is a UF football recruiting blog. The content on here is and will continue to be about that. It doesn’t matter if signing day is weeks or months away. If you want to read about UF basketball, click on the handful of stories on our home page or go to Kevin Brockway’s blog.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  5. January 28th, 2014 8:22 am

    Shariff, I’m just going to start reading your posts with the voice of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh if you don’t get out of that funk dude.

    Zack…you’re the man, good concise info. Not long now…

    by Tim

  6. January 28th, 2014 9:08 am

    Zach great job as always. Just ignore Shariff. Most who see his posts on a regular basis elect to ignore his negativity. Way past the boring stage!

    by Patrick

  7. January 28th, 2014 9:17 am

    Can somebody flag both sheriff and snowball off this blog Thanks

    by Dwayne Green

  8. January 28th, 2014 9:21 am

    What about qualifying? Is there anyone other than Angus that is questionable? I know UF is trying to get flips from other schools, is there anyone other than J.C. Jackson that another school(s) are still trying hard to flip from the Gators?

    by snowprint

  9. January 28th, 2014 9:29 am

    the great thing Meyer did was have a great bond with Billy D. It no doubt helped the football recruiting. Muschamp doesnt seem to have that rapport with Donovan. The way hoops is looking David Sharpe may have had a role next year in hoops (need inside guys)which he said he wanted throughout the recruiting cycle. Not sure Muschamp was wanting that.

    by Shariff

  10. January 28th, 2014 10:01 am

    Even if Muschamp and Donovan were bosom buddies, it wouldn’t mean that 2-way athletes would suddenly be able to play and contribute for an elite basketball program like Florida.

    The commitment required to excel in each sport has only grown, and it’s never been easy, even in the days when Charlie Ward and Donovan McNabb did it…

    by MalikG

  11. January 28th, 2014 10:04 am

    Shariff, when was the last time a football player had any impact on Billy’s program? Even Cornelius Ingram barely played. We don’t want Sharpe dorking around on the hardwood anyway. We need him on the grass.

    by snowprint

  12. January 28th, 2014 10:06 am

    snowprint, don’t sniff gloo and tell me about roundball. Muschamp would love to undermine everything Billy has done. His envy is pethetic.

    by Shariff

  13. January 28th, 2014 10:17 am

    as always, good stuff zach! go gators!

    by dub

  14. January 28th, 2014 10:18 am

    glad to see people posting under my name. that is kinda funny

    by Shariff

  15. January 28th, 2014 10:21 am

    I do remember being outside the O-Dome a few years back and Joe Cohen along with his football buddies walking by talking trash about the hoops program- Zook had a bit of lack of control over the players unlike Meyer but there has always been this big dichotomy between the two programs

    by Shariff

  16. January 28th, 2014 10:21 am


    What do you sniff every day before you come on here. Whatever it is has made you not smart….man.

    by Tampa Gator

  17. January 28th, 2014 10:28 am

    tampa- most gator fans realize next season is all about jeff driskel’s development.

    by Shariff

  18. January 28th, 2014 10:45 am

    Agree Driskel is the key to next year. Recruiting is great but unless Driskel improves drastically this all means nothing and Muschamp will be gone in less than a year from now. Chris Walker is the big news for the week, and I can never remember such a quiet recruiting time before signing day- guess that’s why season tickets are readily available- everyone likes a winner.

    by Ray

  19. January 28th, 2014 11:06 am

    Who’s coming next weekend? I want to say hello to the other snowprint, thanks for using proper grammar this time and educating us about basketball, we’re very grateful.

    by snowprint

  20. January 28th, 2014 11:37 am

    basketball round !!!!football not round like basketball….basketball better!!!!

    by Shariff

  21. January 28th, 2014 12:12 pm

    Any idea of when we will know if Adoree Jackson is visiting. Long shot to get him to go so far away from home, but I remain hopeful. Will be very happy if we get one of the big three – Carter, Jackson or Prince.

    by Gator863

  22. January 28th, 2014 12:16 pm

    Byron Cowart? Any relation to fsu’s famous LB Sam Cowart from the late ’90′s?

    by Gator Todd

  23. January 28th, 2014 1:10 pm

    Feeling pretty good about Adoree Jackson and Prince..Dont think we will get Lo Carter…Also been hearing a lot about Some surprise flip..Any word on who that is?

    by Gator Guy

  24. January 28th, 2014 1:41 pm

    Man, what would we do without Zach! We really appreciate all that your doing here and wish we could somehow keep you around but I know someone with your talent will be sought out for a higher position soon. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy your articles!!

    by Dan Dixon

  25. January 28th, 2014 1:54 pm

    Read on a west coast (USC) recruiting site where Adoree Jackson said his announcement will surprise everyone. Considering that USC, Florida, and UCLA are all his predicted destinations at the moment……seems to me therefore that it will be an announcement for either Tennessee or Oklahoma for Adoree. I just don’t get the vibe that he is coming to Gainesville like Zack from all I have read. But, maybe there is just a lot of intended misinformation out there. Between Carter and Adoree….they sure are having a lot of fun with the recruiting process. But if he does not come to Gainesville on the 31st with his mother, forget the Gators having any chance with him, I believe.

    By the way, the Vols might have a class of between 40 and 50 this year (slight exaggeration). They may be becoming a clone of Alabama for over signing and releasing. Bama is predicted to go 5 to 8 over the 85 man limit signing day….with no longer wanted players released and/or “transferred” to follow. Got to love Saban.

    by Tampa Gator

  26. January 28th, 2014 1:57 pm

    Tampa, If grammer and spelling are what’s important to you, maybe you should be on a different web sight. I have a lot of inside info that you may or may not want to here but a lot of people want to here truth and the other sometimes makes you not as popular and if it means I sniff something so be it.

    by Shariff

  27. January 28th, 2014 1:58 pm

    Shariff, do us a favor and stop posting your drivel.

    by snowprint

  28. January 28th, 2014 2:02 pm

    Gator Guy, from what I’ve heard about any surprise flips that may be an unfounded rumor… we’ll have to wait and see, but I’m definitely not liking hearing that Cody Riggs may transfer. I hope it’s not true.

    by Gator Todd

  29. January 28th, 2014 2:41 pm

    Gator Todd, I haven’t heard that rumor, but why would he transfer?? He’s getting plenty of playing time and to have to start over someplace else, seems to be a setback (for him). Where did you get that rumor? PEOPLE as Long as you engage Shariff and others like him they will continue to post.
    NO RESPONSE and he either changes his approach or completely go away. You are just feeding the BEAST! GO GATORS!!!!


  30. January 28th, 2014 3:06 pm

    zack- you shoudnt allow people to post under other’s names-
    not the proper way to run a blog- not expecting this to be run like a fortune 500 company but there should be some moderating to get rid of the fake posters-

    by Shariff

  31. January 28th, 2014 3:15 pm

    To me, there is way too much emphasis on stars and rankings. If the coach is happy with his class, I don’t care if it’s ranked #1 or #50. This is why Zack’s column is so great. He gives the rankings, but he doesn’t judge the players based on them. Instead, he gives us a sense of the player himself, as a person, and what the coaches like about him. To me, that’s the good stuff. Keep up the good work Zack!
    Oh, and Shariff, we all love the basketball team, but there is a time and a place. This place is for football recruiting. Also, I doubt Zack needs any pointers on moderating. This board is normally very respectful and agreeable, even though the subject matter can often be volatile. So get off his back.

    by Lizardgrad89

  32. January 28th, 2014 3:42 pm

    lizard the time and place is now- #3 in the country bro and chris walker is in the house

    by Shariff

  33. January 28th, 2014 4:50 pm

    The “time’ may be now, but the “place” is not in the recruiting blog. In a nutshell, that is exactly what Zach told you above so give it a rest. Talk about recruiting, quit complaining about everything, and you might just get an inkling of respect around here.

    by DELG8TOR

  34. January 28th, 2014 5:18 pm

    DELG8TOR, people would give me the respect I deserve if someone wouldn’t post under my name. The name Shariff should be respected in here and at home. It’s simple coortesy.

    by Shariff

  35. January 28th, 2014 6:09 pm

    Creek Gator is quite the hypocrite. He talks smack on another article and then comes to this article and tries to act like he is above the crap that Shariff pulls.

    by Arizona_Gator

  36. January 28th, 2014 6:12 pm

    Creek Gator, why bite off the head of the messenger. It’s true that there is a rumor that Cody Riggs is leaving. Sorry you didn’t get the message. Whether it happens or not, who knows. Mentioning it is not going to sway a guy to leave if he wants to stay. It would be another blow because if he leaves, Hargreaves will be the only guy with significant experience in the secondary. Riggs is not an All-Star but he is a returning starter that didn’t play horribly, if fact he was one of the more reliable guys on the Gator’s defense. What is most damaging, if the rumor is true, is that he’s a senior and that is where you look for leadership. The lack of leadership is one of the main reasons the defense failed to stop anyone last season when it would have made a difference between winning and losing.

    by snowprint

  37. January 28th, 2014 6:18 pm

    [...] Head coach Will Muschamp conducted an in-home visit with him Monday. [...]

    by Worton decommits from FSU | Gator Prospectus Gator Prospectus - Gator Sports - Gainesville, FL - Archive

  38. January 28th, 2014 6:20 pm

    One more thing, Worton decommitted from FSU. He’s a very good player and perhaps the Gators are the leader for him now. Maybe he’ll imitate Porter and commit to UF right away. It’s impressive to possibly get another receiver from FSU, to go along with Sousa. It may mean that FSU is feeling confident about Lane and Dupre. Either way, Worton would be a very good pick up for the Gators. I don’t know if anyone else is in the running.

    by snowprint

  39. January 28th, 2014 6:31 pm

    The previous post with my name on it is not me. If it were me I would have just called Creek Gator an idiot and been done with it.

    by Arizona_Gator

  40. January 29th, 2014 1:19 am

    McKenzie is done just forget it. They have 4 or 5 left….Worton is a lock. They need one of the Jacksons probably going to be JC. Harris is staying at FSU, because Winston is gone after this year. The only “big name” out there that the Gators corral is probably Prince. I like Williams flipping from Mizzou. I think maybe one more flip although likely a 3 star. For the Gators to squeeze into the top 10 recruiting classes is already a huge accomplishment. Go back the last 10 years and see how many 4-8 teams have done that. People will be disappointed by the way they close out, but they shouldn’t be. Nice work by the staff!

    by Primo

  41. January 29th, 2014 3:35 am

    Muschamp really is the face of our program. When that dude is angry and depressed usually that mirrors the state of GGator Nation. I’ve been pleased the last few weeks’ developments and the smile on Champ’s face echoes that sentiment.

    Go Gata

    by Jared

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