We’ve reach the end of the road, my friends.
It’s been a long and eventful recruiting cycle for the Florida Gators in 2014, and I’ve enjoyed keeping everyone updated and delivering news throughout the process.
I appreciate all of your kind words and comments as you have followed my work. I love doing my job, but the readership and interactions I receive make it that much more rewarding.
We will have a ton of content Wednesday on GatorSports.com, so be on the lookout for that.
As always, this will be the last Mail Stack until August. Next week I’ll be nowhere near a computer or phone, and later this month I’m taking a four-day trip to the mountains with the misses.
I’m looking forward to another year of football and recruiting coverage, and my graduation this May will allow me to put even more time into this in the summer and fall.
On to the questions!
Could Florida have a big NSD this year like Ole Miss did last year? — Anthony, Uncle Willie Sam
With 10 prospects announcing Wednesday who have UF in the running, it could potentially be a big day for the Gators.
I expect them to add five members to their class, but it will still be a successful day if they land just three or four more recruits.
If Will Muschamp gets Adoree’ Jackson and at least one more receiver and defensive end, this could arguably be his best class on paper considering the needs met and the season Florida had.
As I’ve stressed before, it’s important to remember that the Gators’ positional priorities for 2014 were quarterback, tight end, offensive line, defensive line and cornerback. They filled all those areas with depth and quality recruits.
Zach, can you explain the absence of linebackers and safeties. Did we just lose out or were we not really looking for any? — Howard
UF signed four linebackers and three safeties in the last class, and that’s the biggest reason. With the numbers tight this year, the Gators were only going to sign a safety or linebacker if they could get a good one.
Three of their top targets ended up with LSU in Jamal Adams, Edward Paris and Clifton Garrett. Once the coaches missed on them and a few others, they weren’t settling for lower-tier prospects.
But Florida will be fine. The guys they got last year have the potential to be special players, and 2015 is loaded at those positions.
Which four recruits do you think are most important for UF to receive commitments from next week? — Ryan, Tj
Even though there’s currently four scholarships left to offer, Muschamp will probably pick up five more commitments. It seems like there’s a transfer that has already happened with the way he’s been recruiting, and I think you’ll see him announce it at his signing day press conference.
That being said, the most important prospects for UF to land (in order) are Adoree’ Jackson, Lorenzo Carter, Treon Harris, Damian Prince and C.J. Worton. If you could look at Florida’s recruiting board, those five would be sitting atop it in my opinion.
What is your take and percentage chance on our remaining targets? — Ryan, Phil, Johnoy, Uncle Willie Sam, GaGator02, Guru, C-Slim, Drew
Here are my thoughts on them at this time:
DE Lorenzo Carter (40%)
I believed Carter when he told me Florida hadn’t fallen behind other schools, but the last visit to Georgia seals the deal for the Dawgs.
QB Treon Harris (60%)
I see it coming down to Auburn and Florida because he wants to play quarterback in a spread offense. I’m going with the in-state school.
ATH Adoree’ Jackson (55%)
I’ve been back and forth on him since he decided not take his final official, but I think Florida’s track program will be the difference.
ATH J.C. Jackson (70%)
I didn’t have him in my mock class last week because he was scheduled to visit Florida State this weekend. That trip is now off.
OL Derrick Kelly (30%)
His finalists are Florida and LSU. I could feel him beaming through the phone when he talked about the Tigers.
WR Isaiah McKenzie (35%)
The Gators have closeness to home going for them, but there’s just too much smoke out there about Virginia Tech and Ole Miss.
DE Rocel McWilliams (80%)
His family was decked out in Gator gear when they were leaving from his UF visit. He is there for the taking.
OL Andrew Mike (25%)
Expect him to end up in the SEC, but I don’t see it being at Florida.
OL Damian Prince (65%)
It’s hard to go against the Terps with a Maryland kid, but I think Mike Summers and Jalen Tabor > Mike Locksley.
WR C.J. Worton (90%)
The writing is on the wall. Facebook wall, that is.
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) January 29, 2014
And for those who asked about Travis Rudolph, he’s not in the cards for Florida anymore.
<a FSU commit TravisRudolph5 tells me he informed UF tonight that he’s sticking with the Noles.
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) February 1, 2014
What is your latest mock class? — ljg, Keith, Johnoy, Uncle Willie Sam, Vinny, Gator Fan King
I’ve added Jackson and taken out McKenzie. I’ll be making my official predictions Tuesday.
QB Will Grier
QB Treon Harris
RB Brandon Powell
WR Ryan Sousa
WR C.J. Worton
TE DeAndre Goolsby
TE C’yontai Lewis
TE Moral Stephens
OL Travaris Dorsey
OL Kavaris Harkless
OL Nolan Kelleher
OL Damian Prince
OL David Sharpe
OL Drew Sarvary
DL/OL Taven Bryan
DT Khairi Clark
DT Thomas Holley
DE Rocel McWilliams
DE Justus Reed
DE Gerald Willis III
CB Duke Dawson
CB Jalen Tabor
CB Quincy Wilson
ATH Adoree’ Jackson
ATH J.C. Jackson
ATH Deiondre Porter