March 27th, 2015 07:25pm

VIDEO: Tisdale talks UF commitment

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Florida gained its eighth verbal commitment and fifth in three weeks Friday when Tyrek Tisdale pledged to UF during his visit to Gainesville. Following his trip, the versatile athlete from Orlando Oak Ridge spoke with The Sun about his decision.
March 24th, 2015 03:44pm

Florida gaining early momentum for 2016

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One week into spring football, Florida is already gaining momentum on the recruiting trail. Over the last 10 days, UF has landed four verbal commitments and hosted more than 30 prospects on campus, including 10 Rivals250/Top247 members. The Gators now have seven pledges in their 2016 class, the same number Jim McElwain had for 2015 when he took over the program in December. A month and a half removed from signing day, McElwain and his staff have already assembled a top-15 class and … Read More »
March 20th, 2015 04:22pm

More visitors on tap for Gators

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After receiving two commitments last Saturday during their junior day event, more recruits are flocking to Gainesville to watch the Florida Gators practice. Niceville wide receiver and Rivals100 member Eli Stove visited UF on Thursday with his father, Langston Stove, who spoke highly of the trip to Rivals.com. More receivers plan to visit Friday, most notably Isaiah Johnson of West Palm Beach Dwyer. He attended junior day last weekend and then decommitted from Miami, naming Florida his top school. Winter Garden West Orange … Read More »
March 18th, 2015 10:24pm

In-state recruiting areas for UF assistants

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Florida coach Jim McElwain and his recruiting staff members have mapped out the in-state recruiting areas for the new assistants coaches. Next month marks the start of the evaluation period, where college coaches are permitted to visit high schools twice to evaluate recruits both athletically and academically. Recruiting the state of Florida is priority No. 1 for McElwain, and the assigned areas for his nine assistants on staff are listed below: Doug Nussmeier: Pasco, Hernando, Sumter and Pinellas counties Geoff Collins: Orlando metro area Randy Shannon: … Read More »
March 14th, 2015 11:16am

Several recruits visiting UF this weekend

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Recruits will flood Florida’s campus over the next month to catch spring football practices, and the Gators set things in motion this weekend. UF is scheduled to host more than a dozen recruits Saturday, including six Rivals250 members. Two of those are Rivals100 cornerbacks Chauncey Gardner and Trayvon Mullen. Gardner is a former Florida commitment still high on the Gators, while Mullen currently has LSU leading. Four-star running Elijah Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, is making the trip … Read More »
March 13th, 2015 08:07pm

McElwain feels good about 2016 cycle

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With Florida just days away from the start of spring football, recruiting is about to pick up for the Gators. UF currently has three verbal commitments, all of whom have pledged to the school in the past month. McElwain and his staff put together top-25 class in early February, with 15 of the 21 signees pledging in the final week and a half of the 2015 cycle. With a full year to recruit for 2016, McElwain feels much better about the future of … Read More »
March 11th, 2015 10:22am

Florida offers 8th, 9th graders

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The Sun doesn’t typically provide coverage on prospects outside of the current recruiting cycle, but the news out of Volusia County this week is worth noting. Florida offered Blake Hinson (6-5, 210) from Daytona Beach and Orange City’s Lorenzo Lingard (6-1, 185) on Monday. Me and boy Lorenzo @d1champ99 picked up the offer from Florida today. We ain't even finished yet! #WGA pic.twitter.com/KX3WafIhAq — Easy Money (@B_Hinson21) March 9, 2015 Hinson and Lingard certainly have the size and pass the look test on film, … Read More »
March 5th, 2015 05:20pm

McElwain talks Georgia recruiting, Jefferson saga

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UF coach Jim McElwain has made the state of Florida a recruiting priority since he took over the football program, and he’s already making strides in South Florida. But McElwain and his assistants have also found some early success in Georgia. The Gators closed out their 2015 class with the addition of five Peach State prospects, the second most Florida has signed in the last decade. McElwain discussed those recruiting results in Georgia with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I think (it was due to a) couple … Read More »
February 28th, 2015 09:21pm

Notes from Miami Opening Regional

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The Nike Football Opening Regionals opened Saturday in Miami as hundreds of recruits camped hoping to earn an invite to the elite July combine held annually at Nike World Headquarters in Oregon. Florida linebacker commit Vosean Joseph worked out along with Miami Norland teammate and Florida State linebacker commit Emmett Rice, who received an offer from UF on Feb. 13. Joseph stood out at his position and was “one of the better prospects in coverage,” according to 247Sports’ scouting report. Four South Florida … Read More »
February 20th, 2015 07:42pm

South Florida recruiting a staple for McElwain

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When former Florida assistant Travaris Robinson left for Auburn, it was a major blow to UF recruiting. Robinson had been widely regarded as the school’s best recruiter and, as a Miami native, kept the Gators relevant in the talent-rich South Florida region. Robinson accompanied Florida coach Jim McElwain on the majority of his initial recruiting visits, and his departure was expected to hurt McElwain’s efforts in the 2015 cycle. No T-Rob? No prob. McElwain and his assistants put together a top-25 class in little time, … Read More »