June 18th, 2014 01:04pm

Payton impresses at Florida camp

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UF receiver commit Tristan Payton had no intentions of participating in Florida’s summer camp when he visited the school Tuesday. That changed after spending some time on campus. “When I got here, I just felt good,” Payton said. “I felt like I was home. So I just wanted to get some work in, and it felt pretty good.” The 6-foot, 182-pounder from Jacksonville First Coast displayed deep-threat ability and great hands, as seen in this play from his workout. “You know I had to take … Read More »
June 18th, 2014 11:30am

Seven UF commits in updated ESPN300

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ESPN apparently thinks very highly of Florida’s 2015 class thus far. Seven of the Gators’ nine verbal commitments were in the updated ESPN300 Wednesday. UF had just three commits in the rankings when they were first released in April. Florida still has a small class size at this point relative to past years. However, the quality of recruits is making up for the insufficient quantity, according to ESPN. The Gators currently rank No. 14 in the site’s class rankings, but they’re one of only … Read More »
June 17th, 2014 10:54am

Ivie gets workout, advice from Lawing

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Two years after his brother Joey camped at Florida and committed to the Gators, Dade City Pasco defensive lineman Andrew Ivie was in Gainesville over the weekend getting a summer workout in with UF. The 6-foot-1, 275-pound rising senior participated in both camp sessions Saturday. “It went pretty well,” he said. “I like the way coach (Brad) Lawing does everything. He’s very straightforward with you. If you mess up, he lets you know and helps you fix it. It made me realize even … Read More »
June 16th, 2014 05:16pm

UF rounds out Pellage’s week-long college camp tour

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Offensive tackle Christian Pellage worked out Monday at Florida, the fourth stop in a week-long tour of college camps. The 6-foot-7, 285-pounder from Brooksville Nature Coast started at Georgia last Monday, then went to Alabama and Auburn over the weekend before finishing up in Gainesville. “I’m excited to go home,” Pellage said following his visit to UF. He will head to Miami next weekend and take trips to Florida State, South Carolina and UCF in July. “Most of these (schools) I’ve already visited. I … Read More »
June 14th, 2014 07:00pm

Dillon dazzles at UF camp

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Florida receiver commit Derrick Dillon dazzled at Saturday’s summer camp session, blowing by corners with his 4.4 speed and remarkable agility. Afterward, the UF coaches weren’t shy about how much they loved him. “Most of them were telling me they wish I could graduate now and play this season,” he said. “I had a lot of fun today. I got to see all the coaches again and run around a little bit. It showed me what I’m going to be getting for … Read More »
June 14th, 2014 11:00am

Thomas not concerned about Muschamp’s future

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Four-star linebacker Adonis Thomas is less than two months away from making his decision, and Florida got one last crack at him earlier this week. The Under Armour All-American visited UF from Sunday to Tuesday for summer camp with Todd Wofford, his high school coach at Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett. It was Thomas’ fourth trip to Gainesville since February, and Wofford said his star player has built strong relationships at Florida. “He likes the staff a lot,” Wofford said. “He likes the fact … Read More »
June 13th, 2014 11:30am

Merrick likes Summers’ coaching style

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If the energetic and intense Tim Davis still coached the offensive line at Florida, the Gators might not have a shot at fast-rising guard Jalen Merrick. The 6-foot-5, 317-pounder from New Smyrna Beach is currently unrated by ESPN and a three-star prospect on every other site, but his list of 33 offers consists of several elite football programs, including Alabama, LSU and Ohio State. All the in-state schools have offered as well, and Merrick camped at UF this past Saturday. “It was a great … Read More »
June 11th, 2014 06:25pm

Recruits react to Phillips’ resignation

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Florida receivers coach Joker Phillips resigned Wednesday, and assistant Chris Leak will take over his position on the staff. UF incoming freshman Ryan Sousa, who flipped from Florida State to the Gators in December of last year, was devastated by the news. “I’m sad to hear it,” he said. “He was one of the reasons I came to Florida. He’s surely going to be missed. He was a big asset as a coach.” Unlike Aubrey Hill, whose recruiting skills were expected to be missed more … Read More »
June 10th, 2014 10:40am

McDuffie lands offer after camping at Florida

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It’s hard for prospects to attend summer camps with the hope of earning an offer. By this time of year, college coaches have already been through the spring evaluation period and developed their recruiting board. However, another name was added to Florida’s on Monday. Cornerback Jeremy McDuffie earned an offer from the Gators following his performance at UF camp. The 5-foot-11, 169-pounder from Snellville (Ga.) Shiloh knew he had his work cut out for him heading into the session, but he was a … Read More »
June 9th, 2014 12:11pm

UF bucks QB trend with Jones’ commitment

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If history had repeated itself in the 2015 recruiting cycle, Florida would not have landed Elite 11 QB invitee Sheriron Jones over the weekend. In the past 12 years, the Gators have signed two quarterbacks in a class on four occasions. When it happened the first three times, what transpired afterward with UF recruiting was almost textbook. Florida signed Chris Leak and Justin Midgett in 2003 and did not get a quarterback the following year. Midgett, ranked the state of Florida’s No. … Read More »