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A special goodbye to Gatorsports

As I gathered my thoughts to write my final blog for The Scout Leader, I realized I’ve seen and done so much in my four years with The Sun that I could write for days. However, I don’t have time for that and you certainly don’t. As some of you might know from stalking my Facebook or subtle Twitter drops, I’m leaving The Sun on Monday to cover SEC football with Chris Low on ESPN’s blog network. I’ve always dreamed… Read More »

Lowdown on Florida prospects

It isn’t the most exciting time in the recruiting world right now. College coaches are consumed with spring practice and high school players are just worried about getting more verbal offers. Kids are attending 7-on-7 camps and are waiting for spring evaluations. Obviously, commitments still happen, but it’s pretty laid back at the moment. Here are a few notes on some targets Florida’s staff is after. Latroy Pittman, WR, Citra Marion County (Florida commit) — Pittman remains very solid with… Read More »

GHS corner Bivins picks up unexpected offer

The attention is growing for Gainesville High cornerback Chris Bivins. He grabbed his first college offer from South Florida last month and has been getting a lot of interest from different SEC schools in the last few weeks. Now, Bivins has his second offer of the year. And it literally came from left field. Right before he suited up for Tuesday’s track practice, his new high school football coach, James Thomson, informed him that Utah had verbally offered him. Bivins… Read More »

Dunker takes visits and lists top 5

Jessamen Dunker‘s spring break wasn’t full of sand and surf. The Boynton Beach offensive lineman used his time to check out three schools. Dunker made his way north to look at Florida, Auburn and Georgia. “All the schools were great,” Dunker said. “They all showed me a good time.” Dunker’s trip to Athens, Ga., was his first there and he came away impressed with what Georgia had to offer. The things that stuck out to him were the academics, the… Read More »

Numbers game: Filling UF’s 2012 defense

On Tuesday, we took a look at where Florida could look on the offensive side of the ball in the 2012 recruiting class. Today, we’ll tackle defense. Will Muschamp — with some help from Urban Meyer — signed one of the top defensive back classes in the country in February, but whiffed on the front seven. Most of that could be attributed to the coaching change, but this was one area where Florida was expected to do well. With more… Read More »

Numbers game: Filling UF’s 2012 offense

As Junior Days come and go around the country, fans are anxiously awaiting who will be the next spring commitment for their favorite school. Florida has had some very good, early success on the recruiting trail this spring. The Gators currently have five verbals and are at the top of many prospects’ lists. Will Muschamp and his staff have certainly hit the 2012 class hard after a signing 19 in the 2011 class. With a small class coming into Gainesville,… Read More »

Orlando OL likes state’s big three schools

Just looking at Duaron Williams can be intimidating. The 6-foot-4, 294-pound Orlando Jones offensive guard carries the body of a man who looks ready for college practice. While in San Antonio for the U.S. Army Junior Combine in January, he was one of the more dominant linemen in one-on-one drills. He not only started to generate a little more attention for himself with the media, but he’s starting to get a lot of attention from a number of schools around… Read More »

Orlando athlete weighing offers

On film, Orlando Edgewater athlete Alton Howard is one of the fastest prospects around. He can play wide receiver, running back or defensive back. Offensively, he seems to fit the spread offense a bit more than a pro-style, but he’s confident he could play in any sort of offense and could play defense if asked. At the U.S. Army Junior Combine in January he ran a 4.4 in the 40 and a 4.2 in the shuttle. Howard, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound… Read More »

LB prospect aims to leave Northeast

Deaysean Rippy is really looking forward to taking full advantage of the recruiting process. The McKees Rocks, Pa., Sto Rox linebacker has gotten a lot of early attention from a handful of top schools, but growing up in Pennsylvania, he’s ready to get out of the comforts of the Northeast and check out what other places are all about. “If you have offers from everywhere, in my opinion, why not explore the world?” Rippy said. Living near the University of… Read More »