January 31st, 2014 10:39pm

Zach’s Mail Stack 2/1

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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.

And for those who asked about Travis Rudolph, he’s not in the cards for Florida anymore.

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

Category Uncategorized

Comments

75 Comments

  1. January 31st, 2014 10:48 pm

    Thanks for the quality work all year long, Zach. It’s much appreciated.

    by Phil


  2. January 31st, 2014 11:01 pm

    Zach, wherever you wind up after graduation, I’ll follow! Even if it costs money. I want to support your work wherever you go!! Thanks for everything! GO GATORS!!

    by Mobile_Gator


  3. January 31st, 2014 11:17 pm

    Any concerns missing out on our top WR targets this year? I know a turn around on offense will change that and also signing 5 last year but the fact we lost out on Lane, Mackenzie, Rudolph, etc has to be concerning. Still a great class either way just looking for input.

    by Joshua


  4. January 31st, 2014 11:19 pm

    Hope you’re right, Zach. Recruiting has so many twists and turns that no one can count on being absolutely right five days ahead. How accurate were you last year on your similar forecast the weekend before? And many thanks for keeping us well informed. You’ve made it plenty of fun following the adventure to NSD.

    by Gatormac


  5. January 31st, 2014 11:21 pm

    Also guessing the big flip was Rudolph. Since its over now can you enlighten us on that situation and why so many thought it would happen?

    by Joshua


  6. January 31st, 2014 11:22 pm

    Let’s just take a moment to give Zach a hand (a virtual hand). Awesome work all year long and the years before that! We really appreciate everything you do! Hopefully your around for a long time!

    by Arizona_Gator


  7. January 31st, 2014 11:25 pm

    Zach what happened to Garrett Johnson? For the longest time he was our sure thing if we missed McKenzie and now he’s not even a possibility?? Someone else we’d rather have? He get tired of being a back up plan? What gives?

    by Arizona_Gator


  8. January 31st, 2014 11:31 pm

    Joshua,
    Receiver is not an issue for Florida in my opinion. Could they use more playmakers there? Absolutely. But the offense is getting held back because of other positions. Five were signed last year. I think Fulwood is going to be a great player, and Bailey and Robinson have the all the ability in the world. All three are still young and haven’t had their opportunity. Moreover, if the Gators can sign Adoree’ or J.C., either one of them could see time at receiver and be a nice complement to Sousa and Worton.

    by Zach Abolverdi


  9. January 31st, 2014 11:32 pm

    Arizona_Gator (I think this is the real one),
    The Gators chose to not pursue Garrett Johnson. He would have flipped if they had.

    by Zach Abolverdi


  10. January 31st, 2014 11:48 pm

    Ill sign up and take that mock right now. Even w/o carter, Rudolph and Mckenzie – would love for adoree to be in orange and blue.
    If that class is the one in a week, which one miss do you think muschamp would want the most? Cook, lane, Rudolph, hand, carter, McDowell, miller, McMillan, garret, or Adams?

    by MattDamion


  11. January 31st, 2014 11:55 pm

    Zach-great, GREAT work my man!! Excellent job during these tough recruiting cycles. I admire your diligence in getting the info out. Kudos! Let’s hope that UF gets a great haul come Wednesday. Will continue to follow you on twitter as well. As always, I remain…the BRGF! GO GATORS!!!

    by baton rouge gator fan (brgf)


  12. February 1st, 2014 12:36 am

    Zach great job brother!!!!

    by Gatorsforlife


  13. February 1st, 2014 12:48 am

    Thanks Zach.

    You really think Harris is at 60%? I believe he’s the most important name on the board. Gators need another QB on the roster. Plus Harris gives you an extremely athletic option for the wildcat.

    by DaBlackAndyKapp


  14. February 1st, 2014 12:53 am

    i think wr is our biggest need – with all due respect to Worton he looks looks like a redshirt- if we miss our on lane rudolph lauderdale and mckenizie that would be bad- mckenzie is more important than Carter to me as the defense is loaded

    by Shariff


  15. February 1st, 2014 1:27 am

    The Gators signed 5 wide receivers last year. I think quarterback and offensive line were the biggest needs. If the Gators get better play at those two positions, they receivers they already have will be fine.

    by Gator863


  16. February 1st, 2014 3:23 am

    Hats off to Coach Will great recruiting class regardless of NSD. Losing record and we still should end with a top 10 class. Now lets just hope we can turn around the Offense. All for the change to an up tempo offense, but i think we still need to keep some of those power run plays. Mix those in with a better passing game and we might atleast get going in the right direction again

    by HS


  17. February 1st, 2014 3:53 am

    I mostly agree with Zach but still think the Gators did not fill their most pressing need, a dynamic playmaker that could possibly make an immediate contribution. Cook was that guy. With apologies to those who think differently, I think UF is not is great shape at running back. Matt Jones may never play again. I didn’t see any difference between Taylor and Brown last year. They both have average quickness and speed. If you had the same number on each player, I ‘d bet that you couldn’t identify which guy ran the ball. We don’t know bout Lane yet, but he didn’t have great speed coming out of high school. Brandon Powell does have the quickness and speed but seems pretty small to be able to contribute right away. Roper likes to get players out in space, not any different than what UF did last year with Patton that was the source of most of their explosive plays. UF did well this year recruiting, but unless Adoree Jackson comes and Muschamp lets the offense have him, which I doubt since he undeniably favors the defense, the failure to get a player that the opposing defense fears will be the missing component that may put the final nail in this coaching staff’s future at UF.

    by snowprint


  18. February 1st, 2014 6:42 am

    playmaker/ a top wide receiver i think is what most are seeing as the need. We have a ton of pass rushers/ ends , if we want to rationalize the need for another good defensive player with this new term “buck” so be it but we need playmakers- percy harvin type would be great but they dont come aroumd very often- mckenize is going to be the most important guy to get along with prince- adoree would the next guy. the idea of some guys want to be gators so take them isnt very good reasoning.I am surprised we would take Worton. Finally I like predictions without percentages- 50/50 70/30 etc isnt a prediction- to be the next mike farrell, jamie newberg etf you got to make true predictions. thanks for the great covrage Zach-until next year Shariff
    is out of the house- enjoy March Madness and go gators

    by Shariff


  19. February 1st, 2014 7:01 am

    Snow print-Adoree Jackson is THE top playmaker in the land. If Muschamp closes with Adoree, Prince, steals Harris, gets Carter, and holds JC…anyone would extremely jealous of UFs class.

    by gatorade7


  20. February 1st, 2014 7:05 am

    Shariff – Worton is extremely talented and a great add for UF. Most Nole insiders definitely wanted him in their class.

    by gatorade7


  21. February 1st, 2014 7:36 am

    I believe our only potential playmaker this class besides Adoree, would be Powell. He’s bigger and stronger than McKenzie. Powell runs like a RB but has hands like a WR, roper will most likely but him or showers in the slot a lot.

    by jay


  22. February 1st, 2014 7:49 am

    I admittedly have not been keeping up with the comments until this week, so I don’t know what snowprint has said in the past to make you all feel the way you do about him. I’m not taking sides here. He may have attacked posters or been exceedingly negative, and I just didn’t see it. Like I said, I wasn’t paying attention. But now I am after all the emails I’ve received about problems on here.
    I’m going to delete any comment that attacks others or is posted under someone else’s name. Snowprint did neither of the two in his last comment. If you disagree with his opinion, that’s fine. But give yours without name calling or directing any of your post at him. That goes for anyone, including snowprint whenever he responds to someone.

    by Zach Abolverdi


  23. February 1st, 2014 8:26 am

    i really feel o-line has been one of the major problems with our offense the last few years…i think prince is probably the most important recruit left on the board…without a line “playmakers” are irrelevant…….anyways……hope we close strong.. thx zach:)

    by gatorz


  24. February 1st, 2014 9:19 am

    Thanks, Zach, for taking a look at what we post and, even more, for your interaction with us. You’re the best of a series of excellent reporters who have kept Sun readers abreast of recruiting.

    by Gatormac


  25. February 1st, 2014 9:20 am

    Is there still a surprise NSD in the picture? You had mentioned that in the past.

    by proctor


  26. February 1st, 2014 9:27 am

    When I look at recruiting I put each year’s incoming class with the preceding one, as it takes a core of about 42-45 solid players that include a few stick-outs to be successful. The previous class and this one being assembled are going to have their biggest impact in 2016-17. Thankfully many of our 2013 guys and a handful of our ’14s will be vital this coming season. One older “playmaker” who is easily overlooked: Valdez Showers. Don’t forget this fast, shifty athlete is likely to find a far larger role in Kurt Roper’s spread and might be one of the most important “recruits” if the year for our transformed attack. If so, Showers lessens the impact of missing on Cook and Lane.

    by Gatormac


  27. February 1st, 2014 9:31 am

    Zach, great job. On a lighter note, based on their names alone our recruits could be in the Key and Peele all star game with Hingle McCringleberry.

    by Scrappy Coco


  28. February 1st, 2014 9:43 am

    Hey Zach, just curious any idea of what position Adoree is being recruited for? He seems like he could be used like De’anthony Thomas is for Oregon. Most list him as a cornerback though.

    by Mike


  29. February 1st, 2014 9:47 am

    Over all, this class is goig to be pretty good. In fact, after the year we had, it is REALLY good. But then again, recruits are looking at the opportunity that they have on the team. Have a reverse on the record next year and 2015 will be a GREAT year in recuriting. We just need to develop the players we have and show the college world that we are on the right track back. Zach, I don’t post much, but I have enjoyed your work which has been consistent with the writers across the nation.

    by Mike Plant


  30. February 1st, 2014 10:18 am

    I feel like Zach is on the money with the is class. I feel strongly about UF getting Prince and Adoree. With them too and CJ Worton I think this class could finish in or near top 5 on most boards. I know Iv said it no other posts 100 times but with the season UF had this class is beyond amazing and feel like Zach said, it fills a lot of needs especially on O line. After UFs success the last 20 years (3 National Championships, more SEC title appearances than any other school in that time frame 10 I believe with most wins 7 I believe, 2 Heisman trophy winners, etc) most want and expect UF to be down (especially Tennessee, UGA, FSU, Miami etc) but its just not happening. Go Gators!!

    by JW


  31. February 1st, 2014 10:22 am

    Looks like it’s going to be a near top 5 class or perhaps right at #5 or so. Another good job by the coaches at recruiting.

    And lets remember something folks… a lot of us seem to get frustrated when we don’t land every top-star recruit we want on NSD, but don’t forget all those great kids who committed early and stuck or enrolled early too.

    Another solid class. Now, lets get this offense rolling in the right direction.

    by Gator Todd


  32. February 1st, 2014 10:29 am

    It is so nice to read all this back and forth comments on the recruiting being done, without all the negative stuff I was reading a while back. Really pleasurable reading. I am glad Zach is going to monitor the comments. I feel really good about the recruiting. Can’t wait for spring ball. Go Gators.

    by GoGator


  33. February 1st, 2014 11:02 am

    Worton may not be a 5 star recruit, but he did get offered scholarships from Oregon and Florida State. He also seems to be good fit for the new offensive scheme. If the Gators get A. Jackson and Prince it will be a great signing day.

    How much better will the playmakers the Gators already have look, if they had an offensive line that could block. Every time I think about last year, I picture the two Gators offensive linemen blocking each other.

    by Gator863


  34. February 1st, 2014 11:13 am

    Zach, let me echo all the other comments about your work — you are fantastic, and the first place I go for updates on recruiting. Like some of the other posters said, I hope you’re around for a while, but I’ll understand if you’re moving on soon — you’re like Vernon Hargreaves: too good to keep for long! Anyway, if your mock class were to come to fruition, it’s almost too good to be true, and a real testament to the recruiting power of this coaching staff! It more than fills the team’s greatest needs. The top five biggest needs for the football team in this class: Offensive line, offensive line, offensive line, offensive line, defensive line. Okay, a little tongue in cheek three, but with all the talk about playmakers, the biggest problem with offensive execution over the last 3 seasons has been offensive line play. We’ve got a lot of big bodies now, and a lot of them got experience last season, so now let’s see of any of them can play!

    by Gator Guy


  35. February 1st, 2014 11:13 am

    Zach you are the best the Sun has had and far superior to the clown at the AJC up where I live in NE Georgia. Be patient young man I see you replacing Dooley someday. If you had to pick one surprise get and one surprise loss on Wednesday, who would it be?

    Thanks for the great work.

    by ga gator


  36. February 1st, 2014 11:36 am

    Zach, Arizona Gator, or other hardcore recruiting followers- I’ve read other websites mentioning a “big flip” and some have speculated it was Rudolph, however I can’t imagine he was it considering how open he was about loyalty to FSU. I also heard the term “silent commit” so I’m wondering if this person is still in the cards or is he the “transfer” you mentioned?

    by 2003Gator


  37. February 1st, 2014 11:37 am

    Hey Zach, Arizona Gator, or other hardcore recruiting followers- I’ve read other websites mentioning a “big flip” and some have speculated it was Rudolph, however I can’t imagine he was it considering how open he was about loyalty to FSU. I also heard the term “silent commit” so I’m wondering if this person is still in the cards or is he the “transfer” you mentioned?

    by 2003Gator


  38. February 1st, 2014 11:47 am

    How do you guys feel about JAY’s comment regarding Powell? Will we use him occasionally in the slot or other WR formations? His highlights look amazing!

    by 2003Gator


  39. February 1st, 2014 12:32 pm

    Zack….

    You communicated like a middle school teacher to misbehaving students with that post.

    Also….the west coast “recruitnics” are saying it will be UCLA or USC for Adoree Jackson. Are they getting information you are not, or are you getting information that are not? But the national writers are all saying they have no clue with him and that applies to a lot of people very close to him. He has said publically that his announcement will surprise the nation. If that s the case, I don’t feel it for the Gators. Will be the most interesting announcement to watch for sure.

    by Tampa Gator


  40. February 1st, 2014 12:41 pm

    Not to attack anyone and I rarely post here but to say there is a big difference between Kelvin Taylor and Mack Brown. Kelvin Taylor showed last year he will be a Star and I saw him run away from people last year so he has the speed he needs to be a difference maker. They said the same thing about Emmit Smith but I never saw him caught from behind and he is the All Time leading rusher in the NFL. Taylor will be a major playmaker in Roper’s offense. Also Adam Lane is not “Slow”. Please see this Prospectus writeup from Zach: http://recruiting.blogs.gatorsports.com/14227/gator-prospectus-rb-adam-lane/
    and here is an excerpt “Lane shoots through the crease and has breakaway speed.” So we have two playmakers at RB so missing out on Dalvin Cook was not a big deal. We are going to be fine. Go Gators!!!

    by JaxGator384


  41. February 1st, 2014 12:48 pm

    Has anyone noticed if you listen to “recruiting analysts” they often times list 17 schools in their Top 10. It all depends upon the market they are addressing.

    by Lou Vales


  42. February 1st, 2014 1:02 pm

    Zach, chances on Kelly?

    by LJ


  43. February 1st, 2014 1:10 pm

    Hey, JaxGator! I’ve been a Gator since age nine, followed recruiting since 1967, and I never recall Emmitt Smith being caught from behind either. Kelvin Taylor is the natural, gifted and instinctive running back at UF since some other guy named Taylor back in the 1990s. Thanks for your observation re: Emmitt and KTaylor. And Lane is a heck of a prospect. Powell adds an explosive speed quotient that will complement the talent already on hand.

    by Gatormac


  44. February 1st, 2014 1:15 pm

    2003Gator, I heard the same thing. A big time flip and a silent commit. I can’t see it being Rudolph flipping because it was out in the open. If we have a flip it has been very quiet and the silent could be any of the bigtimers.

    by james


  45. February 1st, 2014 1:48 pm

    ZACH IS THE MAN!! Thanks so much for the best coverage I can ever remember! Now, go and enjoy your time in the mountains, you deserve it!!

    by Dan Dixon


  46. February 1st, 2014 3:36 pm

    Let me echo the earlier thoughts on Valdez Showers. I agree completely! Don’t sleep on him step up and be a big time playmaker. He’s really speedy and has that natural ability to be that home run threat everyone wanted out of Cook. Don’t forget he was switched to RD only in the middle of fall practice. Given a whole offseason and entire fall to practice and actually learn the position and I expect him to make huge strides. Watch out for Showers. Go Gators!

    by AZG_77


  47. February 1st, 2014 4:09 pm

    lol it’s a crapshoot his year.. even more so than most years.. you might as well write all those names on pieces of paper and throw em against a wall and pick out 4-5 of em. That methodology will be about as accurate as anyone’s predictions.

    by TJ-Gators


  48. February 1st, 2014 4:10 pm

    I am kinda surprised Damien Prince was listed so low on Zach’s list of needs. I’d say #1 for him seeing as line performance has been one of our biggest core problems the last few years and we already have a QB.

    Btw.. I’m impressed by this staff’s ability to consistently lock down most of the class before signing day.

    by TJ-Gators


  49. February 1st, 2014 5:01 pm

    Adoree Jackson is an absolute must for the Gators..If they can land him and prince then NSD is a success!!!! Go Gators

    by Gators1015


  50. February 1st, 2014 5:11 pm

    Thanks for the reply James. Will be interesting to see if the silent commit is for real and also noteworthy.

    by 2003Gator


  51. February 1st, 2014 5:19 pm

    I think they were thinking that would be Rudolph or something. Lately people are not really looking for a surprise flip or silent commit anymore. Unless Rudolph is planning on pulling a Cook and Lane on FSWho which would be amazing but also highly unlikely

    by AZG_77


  52. February 1st, 2014 5:49 pm

    Any updates on JC Jackson’s surprise unofficial to UF this weekend?

    by Gatormac


  53. February 1st, 2014 8:01 pm

    Anyone who thinks Emmitt Smith is better than Kelvin Taylor needs to get a grip. Emmitt Smith got so many yards because he was fed the football. Kelvin has an impact with a lot less carries and in a terrible offense.

    by JaxGator384


  54. February 1st, 2014 8:05 pm

    I am very impressed with how the staff has put this class together. I have followed the recruitment process intensely and, based on what happened last season, its incredible that they have been able to do this. I was once a recruiting analyst with scout.com so I am pretty up to date with recruiting practices and what Muschamp has done is very impressive.

    by TJ-Gators


  55. February 1st, 2014 8:06 pm

    I really think we lose a player or two on signing day. I think this class will be lucky to be a top 10 class when its all said and done.

    by Arizona_Gator


  56. February 1st, 2014 8:30 pm

    lol at ppl on this board randomly using each other’s names..

    Early enrolees count:

    UF – 9/21
    Alabama – 2/25
    Georgia – 0/18
    FSU – 5/27

    The last two years Muschamp’s class has mostly been done before signing day with a high percentage of EE’s. You don’t have to be a professional scout to see that’s pretty good planning.

    Now if they can actually develop some of these players..

    by TJ-Gators


  57. February 1st, 2014 9:46 pm

    great job zach,,,after the season we had, you maintained your professionalism and kept us informed! thanks again

    by dub


  58. February 1st, 2014 10:01 pm

    anyone who says “they don’t see any difference between Taylor and Brown” should remember this chinese proverb:

    It is better to be thought a fool
    than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    Just one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read anyone post here.

    Snowprint, your posts are usually negative but at least you state your reasoning. People can disagree with your logic or your perspective but you have the right to think whatever you want. However, that statement is laughable.

    Your point about Jones is valid because you never know about how severe the injury was. Having had 6 knee injuries myself, I for one pray that young man recovers fully and comes back and fulfills his full potential.

    Go Gators

    by gatornation


  59. February 1st, 2014 10:20 pm

    JaxGator – Emmitt Smith is one of the all time Gator greats. I like Taylor, but he has a long way to go to get to Emmitt’s level.

    by Gator863


  60. February 2nd, 2014 1:38 am

    Here is some information for people who said they never saw Emmitt Smith get run down from behind. The first play the Gators had on offense against FSU at Florida Field (there wasn’t a ‘Swamp’ yet) when Emmitt broke a big run and was heading to the end zone. Someone did catch him and make a tackle. It doesn’t take anything away from Smith, he is one of the greatest backs to ever play the game, that he was caught. The player’s name that did it was Deion Sanders, who was one of the fastest players to ever suit up. Whoever thinks the son of Fred Taylor is better than Emmitt Smith must see something that no one else sees.

    by snowprint


  61. February 2nd, 2014 1:57 am

    No one said he was better than Emmitt! Dang can we at least let him get out of his freshman year before we start comparing him to arguably the best back to ever suit up for the Gators!

    by AZG_77


  62. February 2nd, 2014 7:31 am

    AZG – Read JaxGator comments where he compares Smith and Taylor. He says that Smith is not better than Taylor. K Taylor showed some signs that he could be very good and hopefully he will have better blocking this year.

    by Gator863


  63. February 2nd, 2014 8:16 am

    While I disagree with most Jax says I don’t think he was saying Kelvin was better than Emmitt. He said Fred was better then said Kelvin had AN impact (not a bigger impact) with less carries in a terrible offense. I think he was just saying Kelvin is a good player. I could be wrong. Only Jax knows what he meant

    by AZG_77


  64. February 2nd, 2014 8:59 am

    I would rank the all-time Gator backs with Emmitt first, then Errict Rhett, Neal Anderson and Fred Taylor. On pure talent it’s Emmitt and Fred, Neal and then Errict, who ran hard and tough on every carry to get the most out of his ability. Emmitt was at UF at a very different time for offense than was Fred, who might have been our all-time best had he come along in the mid-1980s. And remember that Neal had to share the running load with John L. Williams, Lorenzo Hampton and at the outset James Jones. Of course, some guys did catch Emmitt from behind, but his ability to turn on a dime, shift gears, keep his balance and utilize his tremendous strength set him apart. Kelvin has potential to join that esteemed group.

    by Gatormac


  65. February 2nd, 2014 9:05 am

    AZG – I do not see where JaxGator mentions Fred Taylor in his posts. Fred Taylor definitely was great, but still would put Emmitt ahead of him. He did say that Emmitt was not better than Kelvin Taylor. I would agree that K Taylor had an impact even with a poor offensive line. I would also agree with him that Kelvin is better than Mack Brown. Hopefully with a new offensive coordinator, new offensive line coach and some new recruits, the line play will be a lot better. Prince would be a nice addition to this recruiting class. I am very interested to see what happens on Wednesday with all these pending commitments. Hopefully can add at least one of the remaining top uncommitted recruits.

    by Gator863


  66. February 2nd, 2014 11:27 am

    I do not think it is a stretch to say that Kelvin Taylor is better than Emmitt Smith. Has anyone seen the escapability Kelvin has? Ive been watch boys and young men play for a long time and Kelvin is one of the best Ive ever seen. Ill go as far as to say that Kelvin will probably have a better pro career than Emmitt did.

    by AZG_77


  67. February 2nd, 2014 2:07 pm

    saying kelvin is better than emmitt is as laughable as saying kelvin and brown are no different.

    by gatornation


  68. February 2nd, 2014 11:09 pm

    fred had the only thing emmitt lacked (and for that matter his son) top end speed. but no one can take away emmitt’s accomplishments. Fred was great but emmitt might have done more with less.

    by gatornation


  69. February 3rd, 2014 12:18 am

    My bad 863. He did say Kelvin is better than Emmitt. That is laughable. Maybe ( big maybe) he’ll reach that by the end of his career. But not now. Now I believe Emmitt is better than Fred but I could see an argument either way for that one. 2 GREAT backs

    by AZG_77


  70. February 3rd, 2014 7:59 am

    AZG_77 – That would be great if Kelvin were to reach that level. I do agree that you could argue whether Fred Taylor or Emmitt Smith was the better back at UF.

    Any news on how Golden’s visit went with Jackson and how Prince’s UF visit went?

    by Gator863


  71. February 3rd, 2014 8:26 am

    @AZG_77 “Ill go as far as to say that Kelvin will probably have a better pro career than Emmitt did.”
    If you are interested in putting money on that I would be more than happy to take you up on that wager. Multiple Pro-bowls and All-Pro selections, multiple NFL MVP awards, 3X Super Bowl champ, NFL career record for yards, touchdowns, and 100 yard games, HOF inductee. Seriously, you name the amount – the higher the better.

    by jimmyjohns


  72. February 3rd, 2014 9:12 am

    Zach, after weds please give a good run down on who we are after for 2015 Great job and take care

    by ttgator


  73. February 3rd, 2014 10:25 am

    Jimmyjohns don’t bother listening to that crappie. I have an obsessed imposter who makes it his goal to try to post things to make me look stupid. That was one of his. It’s quite hilarious really. As if a bunch of people I don’t know who don’t know me or what I look like, thinking a random screen name is stupid is gonna at all affect or hurt me. Haha. Some people just have way too much time on their hands. Just ignore stupid posts from me like that because they’ll be him.

    by AZG_77


  74. February 3rd, 2014 10:46 am

    Haha thanks for clearing that up AZG. I couldn’t believe someone actually felt that way. I was looking forward to that bet though…

    by jimmyjohns


  75. February 3rd, 2014 11:12 am

    Haha. Yeah you could probably get some easy money on that one!

    by AZG_77


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