October 13th, 2014 04:01pm

Jefferson sympathizes with UF’s defense

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Days after having surgery on his shoulder, five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson was back in The Swamp to watch Florida take on LSU. It was a game he couldn’t miss. “This one was good, man,” Jefferson said. “You know there is still a lot of work to be done with the Gators and LSU. Both teams came out hard, but one team made less mistakes and it showed at the end.” Outside of the coverage breakdown on third-and-long late in the game, Florida’s … Read More »
October 12th, 2014 12:52pm

Cowart not discouraged by Florida’s loss to LSU

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Florida’s team and fan base will be hurting for days following Saturday’s last-second loss to LSU. But several of the recruits in attendance weren’t as gloomy about the game afterward, including consensus five-star defensive end Byron Cowart. Rivals’ No. 1 overall prospect did not feel discouraged by UF’s performance against the Tigers. “Not at all,” Cowart said. “This past week they had a lot of distractions with the whole Treon Harris incident. So I feel like with the week they had, they played … Read More »
October 11th, 2014 10:23am

Star-studded group of recruits visiting for LSU

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Florida’s biggest recruiting weekend of the year has finally arrived, and the Gators will have a star-studded group of recruits visiting for the LSU game tonight. A trio of five-star prospects will be on hand in offensive tackle Martez Ivey and defensive ends Byron Cowart and CeCe Jefferson. UF is considered the favorite for all three, and the matchup with the Tigers will give them an opportunity to see how the Gators stack up against an elite SEC program. “This game is … Read More »
October 9th, 2014 12:00pm

Zach’s Mail Stack 10/9

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Florida took care of business at Tennessee and will now reap the recruiting benefits of that must-win this weekend. Despite the Treon Harris investigation taking place (more on that below), prospects are still going to show up in droves for Saturday’s game against LSU. It is the biggest home game of the year and will give recruits a chance to see if UF can compete with one of the premier programs in the SEC. Florida’s upset of LSU in 2012 has been Will … Read More »
October 8th, 2014 04:59pm

Commit of the week: ATH Derrick Dillon

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Win or lose, Franklinton (La.) Pine athlete Derrick Dillon continues to carry his high school football team this season with his offensive production. The four-star recruit accounted for 353 total yards (233 passing, 120 rushing) and five touchdowns in Friday’s 42-34 loss Hammond (La.) Aquinas. Dillon threw touchdown passes of 65 and 36 yards while scoring three times on the ground. He also had a 70-yard run in the game. Dillon, who will play slot receiver for Florida, now has 1,318 offensive yards … Read More »
October 5th, 2014 09:08am

Harris has recruits excited about future

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In Florida’s 10-9 win Saturday at Tennessee, recruits got another glimpse of the potential quarterback of the future for UF. True freshman Treon Harris orchestrated a fourth-quarter comeback for the Gators, completing a couple crucial passes and showing the ability to run the ball. Where Florida goes from here at quarterback remains to be seen. Coach Will Muschamp said after the game that he’ll evaluate the position and make that decision in the coming days. But for recruits who think big picture and … Read More »
October 2nd, 2014 12:00pm

Zach’s Mail Stack 10/2

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It’s Tennessee week, which is always an important time for UF football recruiting. Every other year it produces one of Florida’s biggest recruiting weekends. This season is an away game for the Gators, but it’s probably more significant from a recruiting standpoint than last year’s matchup at home. Coming off the disappointing showing and lopsided loss at Alabama, Florida’s performance against the Vols has to be noticeably better (and good enough to win) for prospects to feel confident about where Muschamp has this … Read More »
October 1st, 2014 04:15pm

Commit of the week: WR Kalif Jackson

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After dealing with injuries in the first two weeks of his senior season, Kalif Jackson is hauling in touchdowns passes and has his team riding a two-game winning streak. The Florida wide receiver commitment made two touchdown catches — both in the red zone — in Neptune Fletcher’s 56-14 victory over Jacksonville Creekside on Friday. Jackson also caught an 18-yard TD in last week’s win and now has four scores on the year. His production is good news for the Gators, as they … Read More »
September 25th, 2014 09:53pm

Muschamp: Recruits look at total body of work

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Gator Nation is worried about the state of recruiting following Florida’s loss at Alabama last weekend. But UF coach Will Muschamp feels one game, whether it be a big win or disappointing defeat, doesn’t define a recruiting class. “I think guys look at the total body of work, how they’ve been recruited by a school. I think it goes a lot further than wins and losses,” he said. “Obviously, winning helps. I’m going to say that it doesn’t. But again, I think it’s … Read More »
September 25th, 2014 12:00pm

Zach’s Mail Stack 9/25

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Florida certainly dropped the ball at Alabama over the weekend, and that loss will have an impact in recruiting. How much? That’s to be determined. In speaking with several people involved with recruiting over the past few days, including a couple prospects, the general feeling is that UF didn’t live up to expectations. The Gators were in it until the end of the third quarter, but they way the lost — worst defensive showing in school history, inability to move the ball offensively, poor … Read More »