December 1st, 2014 08:53am

Florida staff going all in during contact period

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Florida’s assistant coaches will hit the recruiting trail in full force over the next two weeks. The contact period opened Sunday and lasts until Dec. 14. A month-long dead period will follow that, and then the contacts period resumes Jan. 15 and ends Jan. 31. The contact period allows the coaches to have six in-person visits with recruits. They’re allowed to see them once a week, and the head coach can have only one in-home visit during the contact period. Barring a hire … Read More »
November 28th, 2014 04:41pm

Zach’s Mail Stack 11/28

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How you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday and stuffed your faces. We’ve reached the last week of the college football regular season, and it’s amazing how fast this year has gone by. Fortunately for Florida fans, this coming weekend marks the end of one coaching era and what will soon be the beginning of a new one. It also means recruiting is about to heat up, as the contact period starts Sunday. We’re about to see a lot happening with UF football program … Read More »
November 26th, 2014 02:42pm

Commit of the week: QB Sheriron Jones

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Sheriron Jones gave all he had Friday in his final high school football game with Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. Jones’ team faced Citrus Hill in the second round of the playoffs. It was a rematch of the season opener, which Rancho Verde won, 37-34. But on Friday, the Mustangs trailed Citrus Hill 35-27 with under two minutes to play. Jones led his offense on a 69-yard scoring drive that included an 18-yard scramble on fourth-and-13 and a 25-yard touchdown pass with … Read More »
November 24th, 2014 05:39pm

More than a dozen recruits can join UF’s class

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Prior this past week, Florida had room for 12 more additions to its current 2015 recruiting class of nine verbal commitments. With 17 seniors and 81 scholarship players excluding former walk-ons, the Gators are able to sign 21 recruits before attrition. But following the early departure news from juniors Dante Fowler Jr. and Tyler Moore, and with more expected to follow suit, UF will likely have the ability to bring in a full class of 25. Jon Bullard, D.J. Humphries, Matt Jones and Antonio Morrison are … Read More »
November 20th, 2014 10:00pm

Zach’s Mail Stack 11/20

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The next month of Florida’s search for its next football coach should be fun for fans and reporters who strictly cover the team, but it will suck for recruiting writers. There won’t be much going in with the Gators and the recruits they’re pursuing until a new staff is in place. UF’s current assistants will continue to keep the lines of communication open until then, but there’s a lot of uncertainty for both parties. The coaches don’t know if they’re going to … Read More »
November 19th, 2014 04:41pm

Commit of the week: ATH Derrick Dillon

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Florida wide receiver commitment Derrick Dillon led his Franklinton (La.) Pine team to a memorable victory last Friday. His Raiders won their first playoff game in school history, defeating Greensburg (La.) St. Helena Central, 28-20. Dillon scored the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter. With under two minutes remaining in regulation, the game was tied at 20 and Pine faced third-and-12. Dillon, who plays quarterback for the Raiders, called his own number and ran 51 yards for the go-ahead score. He also … Read More »
November 17th, 2014 05:48pm

Foley, Muschamp discuss recruiting

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As Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley begins his search for the next football coach, worrying about recruiting is not high on his priority list. But given how poorly UF has recruited for 2015, Foley knows that it’s imperative to turn things around as soon as possible. Recruiting classes usually aren’t good during a transitional year, and it doesn’t help that the Gators were already struggling before Will Muschamp was fired. “There is no question anytime there is a coaching change, it’s difficult in … Read More »
November 16th, 2014 05:04pm

Recruits hit hard by Muschamp firing

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Recruits were hit hard Sunday by the news of Will Muschamp’s firing at Florida. The move will eventually lead to better 2015 recruiting results for the Gators, but prospects were not happy about seeing the embattled coach lose his job. Byron Cowart, a five-star defensive end from Seffner Armwood, attended UF’s overtime loss against South Carolina on Saturday. “I want to say it’s shocking to see him go, but then again it’s not,” Cowart said of Muschamp. “I’m flabbergasted. Things like this happen. … Read More »
November 15th, 2014 09:36am

Florida hosting two Rivals100 members Saturday

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Florida will host a pair of Rivals100 members for Saturday’s game against South Carolina. Five-star defensive end Byron Cowart (Seffner Armwood) is making his fifth trip to Gainesville this fall, while safety Tim Irvin (Miami Westminster Christian) will be on an official visit this weekend. UF is currently in a battle with Alabama for Cowart, Rivals’ top-ranked overall prospect. The Gators are trying to overcome the hometown Hurricanes for Irvin, who attended the Kentucky game in September. Florida is also hosting New Bern … Read More »
November 13th, 2014 09:53pm

Zach’s Mail Stack 11/13

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It’s amazing what two weeks can do. Last month everyone was asking who the new coach would be, now I’m getting questions about the recruits Muschamp might flip. The Treon effect has certainly had a positive impact not only on the football team but in recruiting. I don’t think you guys should start expecting commitments left and right just yet, but if the Gators keep this up they could cap off their 2015 class in a very successful manner. On to the questions! Any … Read More »