August 12th, 2014 08:38am

Notebook: Campbell, Cowart plan to decide soon


George Campbell (left) and Byron Cowart are Under Armour All-Americans. (Photo by 247Sports)

Wide receiver George Campbell and defensive end Byron Cowart plan to decide much sooner than previously planned.

Campbell could commit in the next few weeks, while Cowart thinks he’ll make his decision soon.

The five-star recruits from the Tampa area visited Florida together in early August.

UF has long been considered the favorite for both prospects, but right now it appears they could be headed to different schools.

Florida State is trending for Campbell following his trip to Tallahassee (with Cowart) late last month. The 6-foot-3, 183-pounder was one of the few UF targets who seemed upset about Joker Phillips’ resignation, and he hasn’t had much time to build a relationship with new receivers coach Chris Leak.

However, the Gators are still expected to land Cowart at this time. The 6-foot-3, 257-pounder named Oregon his leader in the spring, but he’s never visited the school and has a strong relationship with Florida defensive line coach Brad Lawing.

Sandifer announcing Wednesday

Offensive lineman Brandon Sandifer will announce his college choice Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

His finalists are Alabama, Florida and South Carolina.

The 6-foot-4, 328-pounder from Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside visited UF for Friday Night Lights, spending time with offensive line coach Mike Summers and a handful of current Gators.

Jefferson, McCloud visit Florida

UF hosted a few visitors over the weekend, highlighted by five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson (Glen Saint Mary Baker County) and Clemson running back commit Ray-Ray McCloud III (Tampa Sickles).

Jefferson attended Florida’s practice Saturday night, while McCloud was on campus Sunday along with Gators offensive lineman pledge Tyler Jordan.

North Carolina wide receiver commit Javarius Davis (Jacksonville Ed White) and four-star running back Nyheim Hines (Garner, N.C.) also visited UF on Saturday.

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  1. August 12th, 2014 10:29 am

    Hopefully Campbell will go up to Trailerhassee and talk with the backup QB, because Crabman aint gonna be there next year.

    by Homer J

  2. August 12th, 2014 11:06 am

    Cowart is a must get. Campbell can go to Tallacrappy and do his thing. Receivers like him are a dime a dozen.

    by JohnnyBallGame

  3. August 12th, 2014 11:47 am

    I don’t think an athlete like Campbell is a dime a dozen. Anyway, what makes you think he will be a receiver? Supposedly Campbell is not great at catching the ball, so he may get switched to another position. Anyway, you can’t teach speed, and he’s got that. I think it’s a blow to lose him, especially if he picks FSU. FSU already has a guy who was a highly rated athlete, Karlos Williams, who was a bad safety, now he’s going to be their starting running back.
    I hope you are right about Cowart, personally, I’m a little nervous about him deciding now. It would be nice to finally get a highly rated player from Florida, it would be a momentum changer. Since he’s from Seffner Armwood, basically a feeder school for the Gators, it would be a shock if he chose anyone but Florida, but him deciding now worries me that he will shock everyone and choose to go elsewhere.
    With Dexter Williams eliminating Florida, does UF get a running back this cycle? Do they have a Plan B for a running back like they did when they snatched Brandon Powell from Miami last year after Cook said no?

    by ntcrze

  4. August 12th, 2014 11:49 am

    Sorry, I see the running back from N.C. listed, I guess that is the Gators last hope at running back.

    by ntcrze

  5. August 12th, 2014 12:53 pm

    The assumption on him being a WR is that Joker leaving seems to have impacted his choice. Getting Cowart would send a statement to other recruits IMO.

    by JohnnyBallGame

  6. August 12th, 2014 1:46 pm

    Hines is at a school a few minutes from our home in Raleigh. He’s an explosive, extremely fast, quick scatterback. Think Chris Rainey, Jeff Demps or even Brandon James. Great fit in a spread like ours. The top-rated RB in nation, Johnny Frasier from Princeton, NC, east of Raleigh near Goldsboro, announced for Criminoles yesterday. Not many high level recruits in North Carolina and most of them look outside the state. Larry Fedora is getting the rest.

    by Gatormac

  7. August 12th, 2014 2:12 pm

    It ain’t over when the fat lady sings, it’s over when the LOI arrives signed, sealed, delivered, I’m YOURS.
    Last year, Will flipped 9 that committed elsewhere early, including 2 from FSU and 1 from Mi-Am-I.
    The other thing is, of those you manage to sign, how many can qualify and stay eligible. Of Wills 2014 class of 24, it 100% qualified and eligible. Another thing, instead of looking at the stars or the media-moron bs, look at the Gator ‘team needs’ and then the OFFERS list. Those things give you the early indication about how good the class is, then in 4 years you can look back and finally KNOW how good it was.
    So far, Will has 41 ESPN Top 300′s and 21 Flips, so relax guys…. :~))

    by da-muddler

  8. August 12th, 2014 2:12 pm

    It ain’t over when the fat lady sings, it’s over when the LOI arrives signed, sealed, delivered, I’m YOURS.
    Last year, Will flipped 9 that committed elsewhere early, including 2 from FSU and 1 from Mi-Am-I. The other thing is, of those you manage to sign, how many can qualify and stay eligible. Of Will’s 2014 class of 24, is 100% qualified and eligible. Another thing, instead of looking at the stars or the media-moron bs, look at the Gator ‘team needs’ and then the OFFERS list. Those things give you the early indication about how good the class is, then in 4 years you can look back and finally KNOW how good it was.
    So far, Will has 41 ESPN Top 300′s and 21 Flips, so relax guys…. :~))

    by da-muddler

  9. August 12th, 2014 6:32 pm

    Thank you da muddler! People don’t panic even if none of these guys choose us now. I mean we did go 4-8 last year. It will only be time to panic if we start looking bad this year which I don’t see happening. Once we start winning even guys we seemed to have no shot with will start taking a second look. Combine that with Muschamp’s ability to flip big name recruits no one thought possible to flip and the battle for guys like Cowart, Campbell, McCloud, Tate, Cain, etc is far from over. Don’t worry yet. Muschamp will deliver a huge recruiting class like he always does.

    by That_UAT_Guy

  10. August 13th, 2014 6:00 am

    Best of luck to all these young men. Enjoy this but remember the primary focus has got to your education. Go Gators

    by Tim

  11. August 13th, 2014 7:55 am

    If Champ turns us around like I believe he will this year (10-2) I suspect there will be a whole lot of flipping before NSD. Go Gators!

    by Ken

  12. August 13th, 2014 8:27 pm

    Verbals mean nothing until we win some games.

    by Stanley

  13. August 13th, 2014 10:19 pm

    That works both ways Stanley. Verbals elsewhere from guys like McCloud, Cain, Tate, Bello, etc mean nothing before the season starts. Once we start winning and Muschamp applies his flipping magic and anything is possible

    by That_UAT_Guy

  14. August 13th, 2014 11:52 pm

    Da-muffler, you took Ryan Sosa and CJ Warton from FSU, while they took Ermon Lane and Dalvin Cook from UF.

    by Noles' 14

  15. August 14th, 2014 8:16 am

    Crazy to make any decisions this early, without seeing the new product on the field. It’s gotta be way better than 2 yards up the middle last year, think we are going to be surprised if Driskel stays on the field. Hope they work Treon in on some wildcat plays, he can actually throw so very different than past wildcats.

    by G2

  16. August 14th, 2014 11:34 am

    G2 — ” think we are going to be surprised if Driskel stays on the field”

    Opinions are fine, but not when they fly in the face of the facts.
    Every coach from Trent Dilfer at Elite 11 down to Roper has said
    that Jeff has a strong arm and can make all of the throws. Will
    recently said that Jeff is completing 75% of his throws at Fall

    2013 – 42 of 61, 62.9% for 477 yds.

    Vs Miami – 22 of 33 for 291 yds, 66.7%.

    And that was coming off a fall practice where he missed half of it
    while recovering from having his appendix removed.

    Frankly, I’ll be surprised if you have a clue…. ;~)) – JMOHO of course…

    by da-muddler

  17. August 14th, 2014 1:20 pm

    da-muddler- ” think we are going to be surprised if Driskel stays on the field”
    By calling out G2 you are calling out yourself for possibly not reading his post correctly. I personally read his post as saying that “we are going to be surprised (at how well we move the ball) if Driskel stays on the field”.
    Before you insult people about what they write, you may want to re-read and place emphasis on different words that could very well change the meaning of the sentence.
    Try to think positive thoughts. The glass is half full!
    As you were….

    by Delg8tor

  18. August 14th, 2014 1:30 pm

    That’s what I’m saying, if he stays healthy and on the field we have a big year. He finally has a offense that fits his skill set, plus better players around him. Think we put up great numbers this year, concern is no clear #2 qb. I think it will end up being Treon.

    by G2

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  20. August 15th, 2014 2:52 pm

    da muddler you are hopeless when it comes to Jeff Driskel. To put up his statistics for the Miami game and make excuses about him missing some preseason practice? Please, anyone who saw the Miami game knows that he was awful and he wasn’t a rookie, it was his third year, so making an excuse for him based on him missing some practice is ludicrous. He had a month of practice to get ready for Louisville, he still sucked. I’ve seen Driskel play, I don’t need any statistics to know that he’s a bad quarterback. I hope I’m wrong, but I think he’ll stink it up this year as well. It’s not the system, the coaching, or missing practice, or little green men that are the reason he’s bad, it’s Jeff Driskel. We’ll find out September 20, if he’s any good. Of course, I expect that you’ll come up with another excuse or quote statistics. Like Spurrier said; ‘Statistics are for losers.” Anyone who quotes Driskel’s statistics in the Miami game fits the bill.

    by ntcrze

  21. August 15th, 2014 6:53 pm

    ntcrze – Why do you need to resort to name calling because you have a differing opinion. It is possible for two intelligent people to have different opinions. Just state your opinion and leave the name calling out.

    by Gator863

  22. August 15th, 2014 8:19 pm

    Ntwhatever, you’re the hopeless one. Anyone with a brain who actually watched the Miami game without anti Jeff goggles on knows he played a great game and we lost despite his performance not because of it. You watch that entire game and you see a QB who moved the ball up and down the field and couldn’t be stopped. As far as I saw in the game (which I watched it rather recently) he had about only 3 bad plays. He missed what should’ve been a TD to Dunbar, next play threw an int (the only turnover which was actually his fault), then the next time he got the ball the missed another receiver he should’ve hit. Know what he did after that? He stood tall in the pocket while the pass rush was coming and threw a perfect pass to Burton while getting creamed by the defender for a first down. Then after that he was back to unstoppable. We didn’t lose because of Driskel, we lost because of turnovers and only one was on Driskel. The rest: Jones fumbled, Burton fumbled, Burton let a perfectly catchable ball go over his head for an int because he wasn’t paying attention, then Driskel got hit from behind while throwing the ball and it got called a fumble (anyone who knows anything about football knows there’s nothing he can do about that. Lineman has to make sure he doesn’t get creamed on his blind side). Driskel is a great QB. He’s accurate, poised, has a big arm, and can add running to his list of talents. But I don’t expect you to listen. I expect the kind of response comparable to “nuh uh! He just sucks!” Because haters are gonna hate no matter what the facts are. Well see what you’re saying come October, come November, come January.

    by That_UAT_Guy

  23. August 15th, 2014 8:23 pm

    Oh and missing fall practice hurts a lot no matter how experienced you are. Every year is a new season and a new team. You’ll always have guys who left and new guys who just came in. It is imperative that a QB be able to mesh and gel with his current team. Missing fall camp takes away some opportunities to do that. Especially between the QB and receivers. Half of the passing game is the QB and receivers being in sync and having that time. Fall camp is where you develop a lot of that. It especially hurts the deep ball where timing is key. It’s not mystery why the deep ball was off last year but Driskel can just miraculously hit it all day so far this season

    by That_UAT_Guy

  24. August 15th, 2014 8:48 pm

    I made a legit comment and my own opinion based on how it was stated. Maybe it could have been stated clearer and not caused any confusion. Maybe I’m just tired of those like ntcrze who constantly diss on Driskel. If you see an insult there, then maybe it’s your own reading skills that are in question. ‘Eye of the Beholder” and I ended it with a :~)), unlike your own veiled insult.
    And while I might only be half full, your are most certainly completely full….. ;~))

    by da-muddler

  25. August 15th, 2014 9:20 pm

    ntcrze, you are WRONG yet again, as usual. I’m not hopeless, I’m in fact very hopeful, about Jeff and the rest of the offense and Roper. Jeff is also on his 3rd OC/system. Your own constant negativity is what demonstrated the ‘hopelessness’ of the world. Jeff’s 69% in the Miami game and 75% in this fall practice is just terrible, looking through you own lyin-eyes I suppose…. lol

    You see what you want to see, but I think that I’ll just go ahead and trust Dilfer, Muschamp, Roper, and my own 20/20 eyes. And I’m 100% that Jeff is a better QB, then you are as a QB judge/evaluator.

    You mis-quoted, SOS never said that, No-Fun-League Hearm Edwards did I believe. (sure thing and that why they carefully keep all of those records/stats/facts, because they are for losers. However, that’s how they determine who to give the awards and championships to, you W/L is just another stat.
    What Spurrier said was that a pretty good play call, can turn into a really bad play call, if it’s not executed properly by the players, and the coaches rightly take the blame for it….
    Anyone who blames the Miami game loss on Driskel, deserves all of the abuse that people with functioning brains will put on them. I gottcha bill bubba…. lmao

    by da-muddler

  26. August 17th, 2014 11:41 am

    Another nail in the doubters coffins:
    Florida’s Friday scrimmage had some big plays. QB Jeff Driskel looked sharp throughout the closed scrimmage, using his strong arm to throw the ball vertically to an array of receivers. The biggest was a 97-yard TD pass from Driskel to Soph. WR Ahmad Fulwood, who made a double-hitch move down the right sideline and ran under a high-arching pass >thrown perfectly by Driskel.< The 6-4 Fulwood has been one of Florida’s most impressive receivers the first 2 weeks of camp. The receivers, with new WR's coach Leak's help, have made great progress.
    All SEC DE Dante Fowler Jr said; — "The offense is looking really good." Roper considers Driskel ready for the challenge. “I think his command of our offense is really showing itself in camp,’’ Roper said.

    When you say that Driskel is a bad QB, what you're really doing is saying that SB winner and Elite 11 Dilfer, HBC Muschamp and OC Roper are stupid and/or liars, and that Fowler is to dumb to know a good QB when he competes against him every day in practice.
    Personally, I'd not go there myself…. ;~))

    by da-muddler

  27. August 24th, 2014 12:59 pm

    Yeah 14 year old criminole, but Sosa and Warton don’t date rape, shoot out neighbors windows during BB gun wars, blatantly steal from Publix, etc. And while Snook and Lame might not have been able to stay academically eligible at UF, at Clown-U they’ll have no problems at all, even with the Deion Rules…. After all, while Peter failed to get his Warrick Heist-man Award, criminiole actions didn’t stop the Infamous-Shameous from getting his…. And that’s reFSUcks for ya…. LMAO!!!

    by da-muddler

  28. August 24th, 2014 8:40 pm

    I saw Campbell over the weekend watching youth football in Seminole..he was wearing an FSU hat and shorts. I did have a little chat with him but I doubt I had much influence

    by Jeff worman

  29. August 27th, 2014 8:27 am

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