September 13th, 2014 10:25am

UF hosting recruits committed elsewhere for UK

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Florida will host a handful of big names in The Swamp tonight. Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson (Glen Saint Mary Baker County) is visiting for the third consecutive weekend, and Rivals100 athlete Tim Irvin (Miami Westminster Christian) returns to UF after attending Friday Night Lights. Irvin’s teammate, four-star running back Jordan Cronkrite, will make the trip to Gainesville, too. He decommitted from Miami this morning. Hurricanes RB commit Dexter Williams (Winter Garden West Orange) is scheduled to be at the game as well as Clemson … Read More »
September 11th, 2014 12:00pm

Zach’s Mail Stack 9/11

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Before we get into the Mail Stack, I hope everyone takes time to remember and reflect today. It’s been 13 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. My memory is terrible and I don’t recall a lot of my childhood, but that is a day I’ll never forget. All the lives lost. All the people affected. I still remember coming home from middle school and walking into my living room, where our babysitter was in tears on the couch watching the T.V. The teachers … Read More »
September 10th, 2014 03:27pm

Commit of the week: ATH Jerome Baker

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Jerome Baker has the skill set to become an All-SEC linebacker at Florida, but he does his damage in high school on the offensive side of the ball. The consensus top-100 recruit from Cleveland (Ohio) Benedictine for 1,540 yards and 26 touchdowns last year and led his team to the state championship game. Baker has continued his dominance as a senior. He rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in Saturday’s 27-6 victory over Youngstown Ursuline. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder also … Read More »
September 7th, 2014 09:18pm

Cowart feels Gators are headed in right direction

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Five-star defensive end Byron Cowart offered good and bad news for Florida fans after Saturday’s season opener. Bad news first. He’s not committing to the Gators — or any team — this month, as he has pushed back decision date from Sept. 28 to the Under Armour All-America Game in January. “I just want to wait,” said Cowart, who was expected to pick UF. “It’s (about) stability. I need to see who is going to be here (at Florida) and who’s not. Coach (Will) … Read More »
September 4th, 2014 12:00pm

Zach’s Mail Stack 9/4

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Florida’s season opener against Idaho didn’t happen due to weather, but the stars were still out in The Swamp on Saturday night. The Gators hosted three visitors who are rated five-star prospects — running back Jacques Patrick and defensive ends Byron Cowart and CeCe Jefferson — as well as a handful of other targets and commits (see here). Attendance like that for the first game was a great sign for UF. Last year’s 4-8 record hasn’t discouraged kids from coming to Gainesville, and … Read More »
September 3rd, 2014 05:40pm

Commit of the week: QB Sheriron Jones

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There’s another Florida quarterback commitment for UF fans to follow this fall. Will Grier garnered the attention of Gator Nation last year, throwing for 4,989 yards as a high school senior and leading Davidson (N.C.) Day to its third consecutive state title. The spotlight this season could belong to Sheriron Jones, an Elite 11 finalist who pledged to the Gators in June after camping at Florida. He is Florida’s first commitment from California since Ronald Powell in 2010 and attends the same high … Read More »
August 31st, 2014 02:30pm

Weather delay doesn’t damper Jefferson’s UF trip

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CeCe Jefferson has visited Florida more than a half dozen times since the spring, so there isn’t much in Gainesville he hasn’t seen. “I know this place like the back of my hand,” Jefferson said. “I’m here for almost every game.” However, Saturday’s season opener against Idaho offered a new experience for him. The game had almost a three-hour weather delay before being suspended due to unsafe field conditions. “I’ve never seen a game canceled. That was a first,” he said. “I was … Read More »
August 28th, 2014 12:00pm

Zach’s Mail Stack 8/28

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The Stack is back! Hope you all had a great summer, but I know everyone is excited about fall finally being here. I certainly am, and this is my first time not taking fall semester classes in six years after graduating from UF in May. Now I can cover and enjoy college football and recruiting more than ever before. I’m looking forward to interacting with you all over the next five months as we watch Florida’s season and 2015 class play out. In … Read More »
August 27th, 2014 08:25am

UF recruiting needs heading into fall

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The Florida Gators finished the summer strong in recruiting, adding three consecutive verbal commitments from the state of Georgia and replacing some of their recent defections with better prospects. UF heads into the fall with 11 members in its 2015 class and 10 more spots currently available, excluding walk-ons who have been awarded scholarships. No recruiting site has the Gators higher than 20th in team rankings, but they’ve met two of their top three needs in this cycle. The biggest is at linebacker, a … Read More »
August 15th, 2014 10:31am

Davis makes second trip to UF this month

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St. Petersburg Lakewood wide receiver Ryan Davis visited Florida Thursday, his second trip to the school this month. Davis checked out UF in early August with five-stars George Campbell, Byron Cowart and CeCe Jefferson. This time Davis came to Florida with his father and Donterio Fowler, the younger brother of Gators defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. The three of them are cousins and close friends. “We came to see Dante, but this visit was really for my dad,” Davis said. “He wanted to see the … Read More »