January 9th, 2015 09:11am

Zach’s Mail Stack 1/9

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After a couple weeks away from this for Christmas break and Under Armour week, it feels good to open the Mail Stack back up and answer your questions again. Thankfully, we have a lot to talk about now. McElwain and his assistants have been working the phone lines like crazy this week as they try to get things in order for the contact period, which resumes in less than a week. It’s about to be a very busy month for UF recruiting. The … Read More »
January 7th, 2015 03:30pm

McElwain: UF receiving ‘great buzz’ in recruiting

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Recruiting has been near the top of Jim McElwain’s priority list since he took over as Florida’s head coach last month. Now that he’s made contact with dozens of prospects and announced all but one of his staff hires, McElwain’s next objective is turning many of the recruiting relationships he’s initiated into verbal commitments. “Obviously first and foremost, our recruiting (is top priorty),” McElwain said Wednesday. “I’ve hired some outstanding coaches that bring value to the positions that they coach, as well … Read More »
January 7th, 2015 09:50am

Holland high on Shannon

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ORLANDO — The addition of Randy Shannon to Florida’s new coaching staff could help the Gators in their pursuit of four-star linebacker Jeff Holland. The former Miami coach recruited Holland when he was an assistant at Arkansas this past season. “I actually know him pretty well,” Holland said. “I used to talk to him a lot when he was at Arkansas. He’s a really good guy and we created a bond. He also coached Ray Lewis at Miami, and I really liked … Read More »
January 5th, 2015 07:47pm

2016 CB Gardner decommits from Gators

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Travaris Robinson’s departure from Florida cost the Gators a 2016 commitment Monday. Cocoa cornerback Chauncey Gardner decided to reopen his recruiting process. To Everyone Wondering, Florida is still high on my list but I have opened my recruitment to everyone due to coaching changes. — Chauncey Gardner II (@StillDat_) January 5, 2015 The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder flipped from Miami to the Gators in June after camping at UF. Robinson, Florida’s former secondary coach who is now at Auburn, primarily recruited Gardner and heavily factored into his summer … Read More »
January 5th, 2015 01:00pm

Cowart’s mother influences his life, recruitment

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ORLANDO — Spend a couple minutes talking to five-star defensive end Byron Cowart or listening to him conduct an interview, and one can’t help but notice the maturity and motivation he possesses. His drive is to be the nation’s best football player — in high school now, in college next and one day in the NFL. All of this is not just a personal goal, but something he feels obligated to do. “My drive comes from my mom, just coming from a single … Read More »
December 31st, 2014 09:44pm

Francois will give Gators one last look

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ORLANDO — Deondre Francois liked Florida early on in his recruitment and visited the school 10 months ago, but the Gators haven’t been much of a player for him since then. The Under Armour All-American committed to Florida State last summer and said Wednesday he’s still fully committed to the Seminoles. But with the coaching change at UF, Francois will return to Gainesville next month to give the Gators one last look. “I decided to take an official visit there,” he said. “I’m just … Read More »
December 31st, 2014 08:16pm

VIDEO: Jordan talks Under Armour week, recruiting

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ORLANDO — Offensive lineman Tyler Jordan is the lone Florida commitment for Friday’s Under Armour All-America Game. At Wednesday’s media luncheon, the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder discussed practicing at center, who he’s recruiting to UF this week and why he stuck with the Gators through the coaching change.
December 30th, 2014 01:06pm

Preview of All-American games

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Three of Florida’s eight verbal commitments will be in All-American games this weekend. Center Tyler Jordan plays in Friday’s Under Armour All-America Game, wide receiver Derrick Dillon competes in Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl and offensive lineman Mike Horton participates in Sunday’s Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. The Under Armour and U.S. Army games will feature several UF targets, including one who is scheduled to make his decisions on national television. Consensus five-star defensive end Byron Cowart, who’s been dominating at the Under Armour All-America … Read More »
December 28th, 2014 05:40pm

Davis impressed by McElwain

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Generating more recruiting success in the state of Florida, particularly the Tampa area, is one of the top priorities new UF coach Jim McElwain set forth upon taking the job. One prospect who could help him in that endeavor is Ryan Davis, a consensus four-star wide receiver from St. Petersburg Lakewood. Davis received a visit from McElwain and secondary coach Travaris Robinson at his high school and home during the contact period earlier this month. “It was great,” Davis said of meeting McElwain. … Read More »
December 23rd, 2014 11:18pm

McElwain eyeing in-state recruits for 2015, beyond

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Florida coach Jim McElwain returned to Fort Collins, Colo., this week to celebrate Christmas with his family. Once the holidays are over, McElwain will be back at work and gearing up for a sprint to signing day, Feb. 4. The Gators have eight verbal commitments and scholarship room for 25 signees at this time. “We’ve got a lot of scholarships to give, and for us the biggest thing is making sure we get the right fit,” McElwain said Monday on the Ronnie … Read More »