This is the fifth in a 10-part series looking at the positional needs and early targets for Florida football in the 2015 recruiting class.
The Gators currently have 19 scholarships available excluding walk-ons. With potential juniors leaving early and inevitable attrition, UF will likely sign 28-30 prospects next year.
Here’s a breakdown of the offensive line position:
Returning players: Travaris Dorsey, Cameron Dillard, D.J. Humphries, Kavaris Harkless, Roderick Johnson, Nolan Kelleher, Andrew Mike, Tyler Moore, Drew Sarvary, David Sharpe, Trip Thurman
Verbal commits: Tyler Jordan
Top targets: Zack Bailey, Abdul Bello, George Brown, Jake Fruhmorgen, Martez Ivey, Christian Pellage, Isaiah Prince, William Sweet
Others offered: Chuma Edoga, Marquel Harrell, Kaleb Kim, Richie Petitbon, Drew Richmond, Brandon Sandifer, Bailey Sharp, Tyree St. Louis, Nick Wilson
The skinny: Seniors Trenton Brown, Max Garcia and Chaz Green depart after this season, and Humphries will be a candidate to leave early if he has a good junior year. The Gators should sign around four or five lineman in their 2015 class and have Jordan committed to play the center position. UF has handed out more than two dozens offers and will target other recruits moving forward, but here are some early names to keep an eye on.
Apopka’s Ivey is the No. 1 priority for offensive tackle, and currently Florida’s to lose. UF is at or near the top of leaderboards for Bello (Montverde Acadmey), Fruhmorgen (Tampa Plant), Pellage (Brooksville Nature Coast) and Sweet (Jacksonville First Coast). All of them have visited Gainesville recently. The Gators are also in contention for out-of-state prospects Bailey, Brown and Prince, who has named Florida his favorite.
Stay tuned next week for the defensive side of the ball.